Kabira : Songs of Kabir

Keha Kehat Kabira : Songs of Kabir
 Kabira : Songs of Kabir.
November 22, 2018 7:30 pm Thursday

Kahat Kabira: Songs of Kabir in Malwa tradition

Lamakaan invites one and all to an evening of Kabir Songs with Kaluram Bamaniya.

Kaluram Bamaniya belongs to a vibrant tradition of singing bhakti poets such as Kabir, Gorakhnath, Bananath and Meera in the Malwa region of Madhya Pradesh. He comes from a family of farmers, but has taken to singing as a full time occupation himself. From the early age of 9, Kaluram started accompanying his father, grandfather and uncle on the manjiras. When he was 13 years old he ran away from home and went to Rajasthan, where he absorbed a wide repertoire of songs from an itinerant Mirasi singer Ram Niwas Rao for 1-2 years. For Kaluram, singing Kabir is not merely a profession, it’s a way of life. “You get a lot of power, you get fearless by singing Kabir,” he says. His impish wit adds colour to the direct simplicity and soulfulness of his songs.

While continuing to be part of the satsang tradition in Malwa, Kaluram and his troupe give many public performances all over India. He sings and plays the 5-stringed tambura and khadtaal and will be accompanied by: Ram Prasad Parmar on Harmonium, Devidas Bairagi – Dholak, Sajjan Singh Parmar – Nagnagaadi Uttam Singh Bamaniya – Manjira



November 18, 2018 7:30 pm Sunday

Hatak is a story of a prostitute who in all facts is a human too and ultimately a woman. Just because she is available on a price she can is not dispensable. She has her shares of preferences and priorities. She portrays to be free but secretly wants to hide behind a man. She wants to hide behind a man but at the same time she can throw him away. She looks loud with a garish make up but she has a soft heart that has warm emotions. She is the one to whom the world bows down to but she also feels the pain of rejection.

Darpan Theatre

Darpan Theatre was started in 2012, by a group of friends working in different sectors to follow their passion of acting and for creating social awareness

Arithmetic Of Desires.

Arithmetic Of Desires.
November 17, 2018 4:00 pm Saturday

The book is all about human emotions and life It depicts various shades of life through a story that travels through different generations . The crux of the novel is whatever we are seeking from our life also seeks us sooner or later.

About the author : Hina Alam . She is a education consultant , a blogger , a wife and a mother of two . The novel “Arithmetic of desires” is her first novel .

Understanding Election Manifesto.

Understanding Election Manifesto.
November 15, 2018 7:30 pm Thursday

The Election season is here and with this season we see the political parties releasing poll manifestoes. These manifestoes promise stars and loaded with goodies and freebies. There are guidelines by the Election Commission of India on the concept of poll manifesto e.g. Election manifesto – concept and relevance A manifesto is generally defined as a published declaration of the intentions, motives or views of an individual, group, political party or government whosoever issues it. A manifesto usually comprises a previously published opinion or public consensus and/or promotes a new idea with prescriptive notions for carrying out changes for future. Oxford dictionary defines manifesto as a public declaration of the policy and aims of a group such as a political party. Thus an election manifesto is a published document containing a declaration of the ideology, intentions, views, policies and programmes of a political party. The Election Manifestos are generally drafted by the Political Parties keeping an eye on forthcoming elections and are generally published and well publicized.

As already stated above, the election manifesto normally contains the declared ideology of the political Party concerned in general and its policies and programmes for the Country/State and people at large. It, therefore, serves as a reference document or benchmark for the public at large for what a political party stands for. By comparing the ideologies, policies and programmes of the political parties, the electors can decide which party they should vote for to meet their expectations and aspirations.

How do the citizens look at the poll manifestoes? How the trends of poll manifestoes changed over the years in the country?

Join us for a discussion to talk about these broader issues related to poll manifestoes

Guest Speakers: (1) Prof Kancha Illiah: Kancha Ilaiah, who now refers to himself symbolically as Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd, is an Indian political theorist, writer and activist for Dalit rights. He writes in both English and Telugu.

Among Ilaiah’s official appointments have been: Director, Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policy (CSSEIP) at Maulana Azad National Urdu University, Hyderabad Member of National Research Committee constituted by the Ministry of Social Justice, New Delhi Member – Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR), New Delhi

(2) G. Ramulu: Ramulu is CPM Telangana State Secretariat member.


Forensic Science Investigation.

Forensic Science Investigation
November 13, 2018 7:30 pm Tuesday

‘Forensic Science Investigation: Har science ka thoda thoda, criminals ki kamar toda’

In this discussion Dr GV Rao, Former Chief Staff Scientist, DNA Fingerprinting Lab, CDFD, Govt of India will talk on the science of Forensic science and its path breaking contribution in solving some most difficult crime stories.

Forensic science is the application of science to criminal and civil laws, mainly—on the criminal side—during criminal investigation, as governed by the legal standards of admissible evidence and criminal procedure.

Forensic scientists collect, preserve, and analyze scientific evidence during the course of an investigation. While some forensic scientists travel to the scene of the crime to collect the evidence themselves, others occupy a laboratory role, performing analysis on objects brought to them by other individuals.

About Dr GV Rao: Dr G V Rao was a Scientist, is an Advocate, also an passionate Consumer Protection Campaigner, Leads Civil Society movement at Alwal & RTI Activist was the first Chief Scientist of Laboratory of DNA Testing appointed by Government of India at CDFD. He graduated from Osmania University, Hyderabad. Further he was a Gold medalist in M.Sc. in Criminology and Forensic Science from Central University of Sagar, Madhya Pradesh

He joined the illustrious laboratory, CCMB, Hyderabad for his Ph D in “Forensic Aspects of DNA Testing” and was awarded Ph D in 1993. His passion for knowledge made him to do a Post doctoral Fellowship in DNA Testing. He is the only person in India, till dated to hold a Doctoral and Post doctoral degree in DNA testing.

Dr Rao has been the first Indian Forensic Expert to have examined and reported DNA cases from all over India, USA, UK, Canada, New Zealand, Mauritius, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh. His contribution of new technology in Species identification in wildlife poaching cases got the famous film star Mr Salman Khan convicted and you are well aware of. This work in forensic wildlife was awarded as the best paper in the Conference of the International Association of Forensic Academy, New York in 1999.

Incidentally Dr Rao was mentioned as SCIENTIST OF REPUTE IN DNA TESTING by the Supreme Court of India while disposing of the famous Matoo case.

Some cases where his knowledge, expertise and skill in DNA Testing had been appreciated by Hon Supreme Court of India were:

Naina Sahni or the Tandoor case (New Delhi), Actress Prathyusha rape and murder case (Hyderabad, A.P.), Swami Shraddananda (Bangalore, Karnataka), Swaminarayan Ashram (Nadiad, Gujarat), Jharkhand Mukthi Morcha (JMM) Case, (New Delhi), where former Prime Minister Mr P V Narasimha Rao was main accused. Chattisinghpora False encounter Case (Jammu & Kashmir), Beanth Singh Assassination Case (Punjab) etc. Ayesha Meera Case (Vijayawada., AP), Aarushi Case (Delhi).


Boys Who Like Girls

Boys Who Like Girls – Screening.
November 11, 2018 7:00 pm Sunday

A 68 – minute documentary titled ‘Boys Who Like Girls’ directed by Finnish filmmaker Inka Achte would be screened for the audience. The screening would be followed by an interaction with the gathered crowd. During the interaction, Harish Sadani and his team at Men Against Violence & Abuse – MAVA would deliberate on the prevailing toxic masculinity and male entitlement to privilege and power, which is at the core of gender discrimination and violence in society. Through powerful compelling stories of MAVAs work among adolescent boys and young men in interrogating Masculinity as depicted in the film, Harish and Altamash will stimulate the gathered audience on the various tools and methodologies used to engage boys and young men on gender issues. Citing examples of the organization’s journey in the past 25 years, insights would be provided on the out-of-the box methods used by the organization to reach out to young men and how these could be adapted by others including individuals wanting to work on Masculinities. The gathered crowd would be then stimulated on specifically discussing steps which every man and woman could take to engage men and boys into healthy conversations on contemporary gender topics and help promote gender equality and diversity.

Men Against Violence & Abuse (MAVA)

Men Against Violence & Abuse, based in Mumbai, has been working since 1993 among Men and Boys to help stop and prevent gender-based violence against women using out-of-the box methods. MAVA’s notable work has been recognized by Ashoka Changemakers, US and also Harvard University’s South Asia Institute. MAVA has been organizing periodic screenings of films on gender and related issues. Last year we had organized a One Day Workshop with film-screenings at Lamakaan that received wide appreciation.

Lamakaan Organic Bazaar.

Lamakaan Organic Bazaar

November 04, 2018 10:30am to 01:30pm Sunday.

On this Sunday morning through afternoon come and explore wide range of Organic Fruits, veggies & groceries Homemade Breads and other baked goods; Organic Lunch, Handicrafts and Handlooms, Handmade Jewelry, Terrace Gardening Corner, Creative Design Spaces. Every Sunday 10:30am – 1.30pm For details: 9642731329. Entry Free. All are Welcome

Alternative Futures: India Unshackled.

Alternative Futures: India Unshackled.

October 27, 2018 7:00 pm Saturday
Book Release-cum-Discussion

‘Alternative Futures: India Unshackled’ Editors – Ashish Kothari and K. J. Joy Publisher – AuthorsUpFront

A remarkable, first-ever collection of 35 essays on India’s future, by a diverse set of authors – activists, researchers, media practitioners, those who have influenced policies and those working at the grassroots. This book brings together scenarios of an India that is politically and socially egalitarian, radically democratic, economically sustainable and equitable, and socio-culturally diverse and harmonious.

Alternative Futures: India Unshackled covers a wide range of issues, organized under four sections. It explores ecological futures including environmental governance, biodiversity conservation, water and energy. Next, it envisions political futures including those of democracy and power, law, ideology, and India’s role in the globe. A number of essays then look at economic futures, including agriculture, pastoralism, industry, crafts, villages and cities, localization, markets, transportation and technology. Finally, it explores socio-cultural futures, encompassing languages, learning and education, knowledge, health, sexuality and gender, and marginalized sections like dalits, adivasis, and religious minorities.

Introductory and concluding essays tie these diverse visions together. Most essays include both futuristic scenarios and present initiatives that demonstrate the possibility of such futures. t a time when India faces increasing polarization along parochial, physical and mental boundaries, these essays provide a breath of fresh air and hope in the grounded possibilities for an alternative, decentralized, eco-culturally centred future. The essays range from the dreamy-eyed to the hard-headed, from the provocative to the gently persuasive.

EDITORS: ASHISH KOTHARI coordinates the Alternatives programme of Kalpavriksh, has taught at Indian Institute of Public Administration, and chairs the Board of Greenpeace India.

K. J. JOY is Senior Fellow with Society for Promoting Participative Ecosystem Management (SOPPECOM), Pune and has been an activist-researcher for more than 30 years.

October 26, 2018 7:00 pm Friday.

Anjuman-e-Qalamkaran-e-Deccan,Hyderabad Present… “YAAD-E-RAFTAGAAN… ALLAMA HYRATH BUDAUNI”a memoir of Ustaad-ul-Asatiza Hazrath Allama Hyrath Budauni… on 26th October Friday, 7pm at LAMAKAAN,cultural center,Rd.no 1, Banjara Hills,Hyderabad…after Adabi Ijlas Mushaira will follow in which 10 renowned poets will participate…..

#Metoo Movement

#Metoo Movement

October 25, 2018 7:30 pm Thursday.


In the past few weeks, we have seen an increasing conversation around sexual harassment, owing to the huge number of women who have come forward with their own stories of exploitation. The viral hash tag #metoo has thrust the issue of sexual violence onto a global stage and Indian women are also joining in. While survivors from all walks of lives are speaking about their experiences and demanding justice, organizations have responded by removing people, against whom these allegations have been made, from their positions, pending investigation. However, the movement has also faced criticism from a number of people for its back falls. The movement has helped de-stigmatize the act of surviving sexual assault, primarily by bringing out the breadth and impact of it. It is still imperative to expand the conversation to speak to the needs of a broader spectrum of survivors. It is also essential to hold the perpetrators accountable and have a long term, sustainable strategy in place to disrupt the system that allows for sexual violence.

While the movement did make the issue of sexual violence an important topic, it is important to discuss the issues being brought out and the future of the movement itself. We invite the victims, allies and all those who care about the movement, to join a conversation on what the movement in India is doing and what is the possible future for it.