No Laughing Matter

No Laughing Matter
Discussion
2.5 hrs

July 07, 2019 6:30 pm Sunday

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No Laughing Matter: The Ambedkar Cartoons, 1932-1956

Lamakaan in association with Navayana invites one and all to the launch of Unnamti Syama Sundar’s book ‘No Laughing Matter: The Ambedkar Cartoons.’

The book launch will have a panel discussion.

Panellists: 1. Shankar Pamarthy, Cartoonist 2. Prof Kancha Ilaiah Shepherd, Political Thinker 3. Akhileshwari Ramagoud and 4. Unnamati Syama Sundar, Author of the book 5. S Anand, Publisher, Navayana Moderator of the panel discussion.

ALL ARE WELCOME!

Budget Analysis: Dr.Amir Ullah

Budget Analysis: Dr.Amir Ullah
Talk
2.0 hrs

July 06, 2019 7:00 pm Saturday

Budget speeches are always windows into the future. This budget, the first statement of great significance for the national economy by the newly elected government, is being watched by observers world over. How has India fared in the last year, how will it do in the coming years on crucial indicators of economic wellbeing ? What do these indicators mean for different segments of the economy ? What are the signs that we need to watch out for ? What gains and what losses ? Come listen to Dr. Amir Ullah Khan, development and trade economist and advisor on development practice to many national and international bodies. The conversation will be moderated by G Sudhir, IAS, chairperson of the commission of inquiry into Minorities in Telangana State.

Organizer
lamakaan

Kya Hora Is Shehar Ko, World Music Day Celebrations

Kya Hora Is Shehar Ko
Discussion
2.0 hrs

June 30, 2019 3:00 pm Sunday

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Rocks Bachao, Musi bachao, Osmania Bachao, Bargad Bachao… Heritage Bachao, Pani Bachao! Errum Manzil bachao This is a shout out to all those who have been fretting about how Hyderabad has been changing rapidly. There is never a quiet moment. Come summer, we have water scarcity, but even before we heave a sigh of relief as the temperatures come down, the traffic nightmares begin. We hear that there will be a long term strategy for the city to become world class but even before we take that in, we hear that trees are being cut or that rocks are being blown away and even as that dust settles down, we hear that the familiar landmarks are going to disappear. Public Interest Petitions, Recipes that worked once, do not seem to work everytime. Online appeals, media campaigns, lobbying the right people.. what else, what else do we need to do ? The immediate context for this is of course the latest news that the Errum Manzil will be replaced with a new secretariat building. But the broader context is to just meet, share, and think about how we can build collective capacities to take on multiple strategies simultaneously. So, if you care abbout the Errum Manzil and other heritage sites chalked up for demolition, if you care for trees and for water and for rock precincts, please show up. We promise there will be no onerous speeches. No exhortations to immediate action. We want to hear what each of you – especially if you are under 40, thinks can be done to conserve the continuity of Hyderabad’s social, cultural, material and ecological heritage. We want to know how we can come together to act intelligently. Just bring your enthusiasm and yourself.

World Music Day Celebrations
Music
2.0 hrs

June 30, 2019 7:00 pm Sunday

As part of World Music Day being celebrated in Hyderabad, Lamakaan invites one and all to this year’s WMD celebrations.

The Fête de la Musique, also known as Music Day, Make Music Day or World Music Day, is an annual music celebration that takes place on 21 June. On Music Day the citizens of a city or country are allowed and urged to play music outside in their neighborhoods or in public spaces and parks. Free concerts are also organized, where musicians play for fun and not for payment.

Agenda: 1. Classical evening with Mrs Aradhana Karhade Shastri, sri Rahul Deshpande and sri Vivek khayal A Radha Kumari,

All India radio Graded Artiste in Classical Vocal, Devotional & Light Music Vocal Genres. Done Masters in English Literature as well as Music.

Been performing on stage for the last 25 years Teaching music for the last 25 years.

2.QAWWALI PERFORMANCE By Shaheen Women Resource & Welfare Association   Qawwaliis a musical tradition, belonging to the Sufi culture, wherein the soul of the singer and audience ecstatically becomes one with the Almighty. It was popularized during the Mughal era. It is mostly performed by men at dargahs or at places of sacred importance. Shaheen Women’s Resource and Welfare Association, an NGO located in the heart of Old City, Hyderabad, has been tirelessly working for the rights of young girls and women since the time of its establishment in 2002. Shaheen has successfully adopted Qawwali for its activities for twin reasons – firstly, to break the stereotype of Qawwals (singers) to be only men, and secondly, to create awareness in the community through Qawwalis on women’s rights. The Qawwalis performed by the dedicated interventionists of the organization are unique in nature, with their focus on gender issues. They include topics like the protection and education of the girl child, domestic violence, ‘Beti Basati Hi Ye Dunya Hamari Saari, discrimination against the girl child and child marriage, among a host of other women and child rights issues. The lyrics of the Qawwalis have been poignantly penned down by the Founder-Director of Shaheen, Ms. Jameela Nishat, who is an activist and poet herself. It is an exclusive effort on the part of Shaheen to promote cultural empowerment in society. These Qawwalis portray the life story of girls suffering in the patriarchal society in such a way that one can visualize their agony. The performers often find the response from the audience to be overwhelming, and therefore feel this kind of a cultural activity to be an effective method of intervention to reach out to the masses.

ALL ARE WELCOME AND ENTRY IS FREE & OPEN TO ALL.

Democracy in Contemporary India

Democracy in Contemporary India
Talk
2.0 hrs

June 28, 2019 7:00 pm Friday

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Lamakaan invites all to a talk by Prof Rampunyani on the topic ‘Preserving Democracy in Contemporary India.’

In this talk, Prof Punyani will take us through the journey of Independent India and how its founding fathers dreamt about a truly secular, socialist and republic India. He will also highlight the major challenges to Indian democracy in contemporary times.

The session will be interactive and followed by questions and answers session.

About Prof Ram Punyani: Prof Ram Puniyani is a former professor of biomedical engineering and former senior medical officer affiliated with the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay. He began his medical career in 1973 and served IIT in various capacities for 27 years, beginning in 1977. In December 2004, he took voluntary retirement to work full-time for what has been stated by some as “communal harmony” in India. He is involved with human rights activities and initiatives to oppose something which some see as “the rising tide of fundamentalism in India”. He is associated with the organizations All-India Secular Forum, Center for Study of Society and Secularism and ANHAD. In 2006, he was awarded the Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration.

Early in June 2019, he received threatening phone calls from unknown persons who demanded that he stop his “anti-Hindu” activities. Puniyani filed a report with the Mumbai Police.

ALL ARE WELCOME

Organizer
Lamakaan

Sadhana Interfaith and Fascism is still resistible !!

  1. Sadhana Interfaith
Discussion
1.0 hrs

June 27, 2019 6:00 pm Thursday

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SADHANA CAFE

Sapthagiri“Giri” Iyengar will give a presentation about the work of Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus to mobilize Hindu Americans to connect their faith to social justice values, engage in community seva, and speak out against all injustice, bigotry and violence. Giri will then facilitate a discussion and brainstorming about how to create a platform like Sadhana in India, and what it’s priorities and activities might be.Giri is from Mysore, and is a Masters in Social Work student at Hunter College, New York. Giri has been an active member of Sadhana, particularly in the “sanctuary” movement for immigrants’ rights.ALL ARE WELCOME!!!

Organizer

Lamakaan
Fascism is still resistible !!
Discussion
2.0 hrs

June 27, 2019 7:30 pm Thursday

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The hopes of defeating fascism through electoral maneuvering have been dashed; the fascist juggernaut continues to roll on spilling ever more blood and rupturing the social fabric of the country. There is a sense of hopelessness and dismay among the Left and progressive circles in the wake of the return of Narendra Modi led NDA government at the helm. The setback has sent such a fiery shock wave that many have started blaming the masses while some are putting the entire blame on the EVM scam. Those who blame the masses for such a sorry state of affairs can only be asked to follow Brecht’s advice to dissolve the electorates and choose a new one. As regards the EVM scam, while it could have been responsible for the increase in the margin of victory, it alone cannot explain this second coming of Modi government. The question arises: is fascism still resistible? On the face of it, the fascist rise in India looks invincible. But if we keep our faith in science and history intact even in this testing time, we would know that in order to cure a disease, it is very important to diagnose it properly. The strategy of defeating fascism through electoral means was based on the understanding that fascism comes into existence when a fascist party like BJP comes to power and gets defeated if it goes out of power. This understanding was fundamentally flawed in the first place because it failed to take account the reactionary social movement behind the rise of fascism and no wonder the strategy has backfired. If we really want to resist fascism at this dark hour in the history of our country, it is of utmost importance that we seek answer to the following questions: what lies at the root of fascism? What are the factors that are responsible for the rise of fascism in any society? What is the similarity and dissimilarity between the fascist rise of the decade of 1930s and the current fascist rise? What should be the correct strategy of resisting fascism and smashing it?

The speaker, Anand Singh, will try to answer these questions and will also provide the contours of the new round of struggle that needs to be waged to smash fascism from both long term and short term perspectives.

Organizer
IN DEFENSE OF REASON

Sadhana Interfaith

Sadhana Interfaith
Discussion
1.0 hrs

June 27, 2019 6:00 pm Thursday

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SADHANA CAFE

Sapthagiri “Giri” Iyengar will give a presentation about the work of Sadhana: Coalition of Progressive Hindus to mobilize Hindu Americans to connect their faith to social justice values, engage in community seva, and speak out against all injustice, bigotry and violence. Giri will then facilitate a discussion and brainstorming about how to create a platform like Sadhana in India, and what it’s priorities and activities might be.

Giri is from Mysore, and is a Masters in Social Work student at Hunter College, New York. Giri has been an active member of Sadhana, particularly in the “sanctuary” movement for immigrants’ rights.

ALL ARE WELCOME!!!

Organizer
Lamakaan

World Music Day Celebrations

 

  1. World Music Day Celebrations
Music
2.0 hrs

June 23, 2019 7:00 pm Sunday

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As part of World Music Day being celebrated in Hyderabad at various venues/places, Lamakaan invites one and all to this year’s WMD celebrations.

The Fête de la Musique, also known as Music Day, Make Music Day or World Music Day, is an annual music celebration that takes place on 21 June. On Music Day the citizens of a city or country are allowed and urged to play music outside in their neighborhoods or in public spaces and parks. Free concerts are also organized, where musicians play for fun and not for payment.

Ashrita DSouza and troupe will be performing Western Music Genres (Classical, Jazz, Broadway and Show tunes) on Singing, Piano and Guitar. We are a part of ‘Strings &Tunes’, an institute which nurtures and educates young musicians to develop their musicality in a worldwide spectrum.

About the Performing Artistes: Ashrita D’souza – A Music Educator and artist will perform along with her students. Kids Choir – Medhini, Angela, Riya, Simar, Yazhini Khyathi Khsiteissh Joanna Akhil Siddharth Sanjeev Ashrita

ALL ARE WELCOME AND ENTRY IS FREE & OPEN TO ALL.

Organizer
Lamakaan

Lamakaan is an open cultural space of Hyderabad that organizes events on various political, social, economic, and cultural issues. For more info about lamakaan and its events, visit us at www.lamakaan.com

SAARI RAAT & BAKASURA

SAARI RAAT & BAKASURA
Play
2.0 hrs

June 22, 2019 7:30 pm Saturday

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Samahaara Workshop Productions

presents

A Double Bill of Badal Sircar’s “SAARI RAAT” (Hindi) & N. Taraka Ramarao’s “BAKASURA” (Telugu)

Performed by the participants of the Samahaara Production Oriented Theatre Workshop (April – June 2019)

Directed by Nagaraju Pejjai

SAARI RAAT Who are you? Only the face you show this world, or something more? What lies in the deepest depths of your desires? Samahaara Workshop Productions presents a play based on Badal Sircar’s SAARI RAAT, a psychological drama that revolves around 3 characters: a young couple and an old man, stuck to spend the night together. It talks about the possibilities we are afraid of considering and the lives we deny ourselves through the story of a woman trapped in a given world symbolized by her marriage to a man who will not see her for what she really is.

BAKASURA An unfit and unworthy King rules a kingdom with the help of his cunning and selfish minister. An evil called ‘Bakasura’ attacks the people in the kingdom. The King and his council of ministers are clueless as to how to handle Bakasura. Who will solve this problem ? Who will save the poor villagers?

Organizer
Samahaara

www.samahaara.org

Ennio Morricone Month – Movie 2

  1. Ennio Morricone Month – Movie 2
    Movies
    3.0 hrs

    June 19, 2019 7:00 pm Wednesday

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    The Untouchables (1987)

    During the era of Prohibition in the United States, Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop ruthless Chicago gangster Al Capone, and because of rampant corruption, assembles a small, hand-picked team to help him. Director: Brian De Palma Writers: Oscar Fraley (suggested by book), Eliot Ness (suggested by book)

    Movie Screening – @7PM Post Screening discussion – 15 mins

    Organizer
    Cinephiles Film Club

    Cinephiles Film Club

SaiNe Nrityalaya

 

SaiNe Nrityalaya
Dance
1.5 hrs

June 16, 2019 6:00 pm Sunday

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Takita Takita Takita Taam Takita Takita Takita Taam…. Story time, its story time….. SaiNe Nrityalaya presents Story telling through Dance (Bharatanatyam) Narrating stories and keeping the aesthetics of the dance form Bharatanatyam grounded to imbibe in each person the love and value towards the art form through the innovative way of story telling.

Organizer
Neha Singh

Neha Singh is a Hyderabad based Bharatanatyam artist. She has received her training in Bharatanatyam under the tutelage of Guru Shri V.S.Ramamoorthy and Guru Smt. Manjula Ramaswamy at Sri Rama Nataka Niketan. Other than the Master degree in Business Administration, Neha holds a Master degree in Bharatanatyam from the University of Hyderabad under the guidance of Guru Shri Pasumarthy Ramalinga Sastry. Neha is the founder of the dance institute SaiNe Nrityalaya-Secunderabad, where she imparts the knowledge of Bharatanatyam to the younger generation.