tv Arts.21 - Namaste Indian art and culture Deutsche Welle August 25, 2018 11:30pm-12:01am CEST
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republican to. find one of these artists sad to say about a nation wracked by religious conflicts gender based violence and environmental degradation is it out and can still seem in india is just one but it's your buying fall so you know it's a new kind of consumerism but first she's one of india's best known contemporary authors writing in english and a vocal critic of the injustices of indian society our own dr you write we visit the booker prize winning novelist. she appears almost out of nowhere from the chaos of old delhi street life aren't growing. one of india's best known authors and most prominent critics of her debut novel the god of small things catapulted her to fame she's donated much of the royalties including her booker prize money to charity roy is
a respected commentator one who draws the ire of hindu nationalists although her admirers fear for her safety she refuses to be seen as a martyr. to the people. and i mean i'm always invited of course to present myself as this. voice who has taken on so many people and i'm so alone and i'm so brave but that's ok you know i don't know anywhere i go. act who has more arms around them then my in this. yet roy has only written two novels twenty years after her first in twenty seventeen she published the ministry of utmost happiness a journey through modern india spanning decades critical and provocative it's no easy read. i didn't want to write oh no we didn't civilised no over the idea of what people think a novel should be you know not to write something smooth an easily digestible like
babyfood. one of her central concerns is the conflict between india and pakistan over kashmir the author and activist calls it a war of religion the hindu state of india she says is repressing its northern most state because it's majority is muslim. she describes how protracted violence has traumatized the people of kashmir where more than forty thousand have been killed since independence. since nineteen forty seven there's no way this thing day when the indian army has not been deployed within its own quote unquote border is against its court in court people not only thing they. she's also critical of the west which she says has been blinded by colorful cliched images of india and adopted an idealistic view of the country one that
overlooks the rise of hindu nationalism to take the political pressure group r.s.s. roy says it's not just its brown uniforms that we call germany's fascists on whom the organization was modeled when it was founded in one nine hundred twenty five the r.s.s. is ideology is geared to implementing hindu majority rule through violence especially against muslims. we have not come to the stage where people are being liquidated in concentration camps know what you're talking about and i do you the ideology that feels very sympathetic to that kind of thing and that is not an exaggeration. but it is strong criticism of a country that is known as the world's largest democracy prime minister narendra modi is an avowed hindu nationalist but talks about modernizing the country and
women's empowerment all just lip service says roy and not just from him protests over rape cases only started after women from upper classes became the victims the problem is india's caste system which no one is interested in dismantling. rapists normalised thing within the class hierarchy is it's so normal for upperclassmen to just believe they own the bodies of no really you know when that huge protest happened but active part of me was a little bit wary of. is there a hierarchy of rape victims and do some rapes count as every not. growing has also criticised the man with a beard as the father of india mahatma gandhi or comments accusing him of discrimination because he accepted the caste system prompted outrage she was called hysterical loud and shrill terms often used to describe women who speak
uncomfortable truths she says but she can live with that. or does it hurt me i mean you know what would really hurt me is if they said they loved me. arundhati roy a champion of politically sensitive causes who's never been afraid to speak her mind what humor and warmth she encourages all of us to approach india with a critical and open mind. from delhi through germany where the exhibition facing india showcases thought provoking work by a new generation of indian women artists. a villain at the center of conspiracy and false print papered with images of india's
sprawling capital delhi. face masks and essential accessory the city is blanketed with sky full smog. performance piece and photo documentary breath by breath. of collected polluted air different locations across the city would have put a fly catcher. you know their cans for sale in india so they're coming from australia or canada or from getting rich or really expensive so it's just one but it's your buying so you know it's. a new kind of consumerism which i wanted to talk about. that underscores the tenor of the show facing india is no exhibition of folklore from a multi-ethnic nation it unflinchingly addresses modern realities on the subcontinent. and its viewpoints is exclusively female. vocal lotteries work focuses on environmental concerns the a million is
a sacred river in india severely contaminated by interest real effluence burned was sewage. that locals who live along its banks still use its water for bathing cooking and drinking. in or fill a month on the lottery uses poetic imagery to document this environmental disaster socially engaged in critical arts is at the heart of this exhibition. definitely set about fast i was surprised by the level of social engagement these artists have all collaborated with n.g.o.s they've established broad contacts including to lower social classes i've learned a lot from the way they work and their approach is reflected in their output they found a very apt visual expression for highly complex pictorial content exhibit in. there for him is the title of this installation by bharti care. the bricks are made from melted glass bangles commonly worn by indian women. it's a lonely space
a tribute to the countless silence victims of sexual violence which remains widespread across india today. the life size sculpture of six women is also a reflection on women's from the realty. comes from the bodies of calcutta sex workers. and many cultures the kitchen is the only right place for a woman to be project apartness uses domestic appliances to challenge gender stereotyping and installation in the freezer references global problems. grenades the terrorist threats all pervading surveillance. a global nowhere of interchangeable shopping malls and airports. the aesthetic is don't deny billy western but it harbors a criticism of india's rigid social stratification. people from the little cost conscious into into a kitchen all for higher cost. also even if they have menstruation happening
they're not supposed to in two kitchens so the kitchen from from from the context of. india becomes interesting as well in domes of. the hierarchy stacked set apart through the space. of. visible and invisible boundaries a central theme in indian society earned in this exhibition. on the high museum wall projected path of this the youngest artist in the show has drawn fine cracks an expression perhaps of a world order under threat of disintegration. woven chronicled by rena kalat is a map of migratory hurts taken across the centuries. how does migration affect the sense of national identity. and help serve border conflicts symbolized by barbed wire in an age when digital communication has long since transcended all boundaries
. i think this kind of narrow nationalism that we are seeing self seeing. today this is really something that. you. as technology has really brought us together in many ways and. to see much more unity. seven decades ago colonial british india was partitioned into two independent states india and pakistan the effects are still felt today. rina collette series hyphenated lives examines the theme of politically divided but historically related countries are hybrids juxtapose flora and fauna from neighboring countries it's a utopian vision. the two sends workers more radical who seem of only lungs is an astute metaphor for an eagle
a tear in world. a gaping grimace of false teeth questions the dividing lines between castes ethnicities and genders. facing india an uncompromising view of the subcontinent and the world we live in. and of course we've got much more up our sleeves look for us on facebook under d.w. culture. and now more discoveries from india picked up on our radar. the german indian production pabo is german director modern lit fox feature film
debut. the twenty sixteen release is based on the true story of a young tibetan paavo his tibetans for hero. of the sea. in stark powerful images the film tells the story of georgie's life. in two thousand ages arrested during tibet and protests against chinese rule and endures six months of torture in a chinese prison. and some strong enough. said some point. just. as a. magician. an extension of his life is also his last a tibetan exile community in india. is fined for tibet's freedom and is in tragedy the award winning film pov is
a powerful story of homeland and loss. very hungry god a gigantic skull made from typical indian stainless steel cookware by subodh gupta . the glinting sculpture is the centerpiece of the artist's first solo exhibition in france. i work with in delhi men dance and when i was making this particular work nineteen years ago. ninety percent of the population of india using this term this is still it and so it's like a breakfast lunch and then. sent pans and other everyday objects like a milk man's bicycle make frequent appearances and cook does exploration of india's past and present or stacks of tiffin boxes another tradition used to examine the ambivalence of a society caught between tradition and globalization exploding wealth and abject
poverty caste politics and spirituality so bill gupta is india's most celebrated contemporary artist his retrospective is on it the more need to party through august twenty sixth. a musical encounter between india and germany the beethoven fest bon brings young musicians together in mumbai . moment by it's a vibrant and sprawling city on the coast india's gateway to the world and where the twenty eighteen campus project began its. pascal jew and tillman study classical percussion in germany the beethoven fast has sent them to moon by for a week their task is to immerse themselves in indian music and find a shared language with indian musicians in september a german indian music event will be held in bonn from egypt and it's very inspiring
even though it's a foreign country and culture and the music sounds strange to me it's also from madrid spire and to die room. every time it's so completely different being here has turned my entire musical world upside down when you start working with indian music you feel like you're practically a beginner again. the national center for the performing arts in mumbai is a fitting location for the musical encounter indian and western artists perform here the indian participants in the campus workshop have arrived the international team is now complete collapse twenty. sujit are seasoned musicians even though they have never attended a conservatory for thousands of years indian music has traditionally been passed down from teacher to student. and shibani are contact dancers there with make
dance is an essential part of indian percussion. it's the musicians unpack their instruments and apply tuning paste indian classical music is a tradition all its own unlike western classical music it doesn't follow written notes instead it is based on improvise ation but according to very strict rules. can these two soundscapes be brought into harmony ben hard to believe so. yes. he fell in love with into. music years ago ever since he's been moving and mediating between two musical worlds but the campus project is a challenge for him to the berkshires know who he is where it's over of course the workshop is part of the project so we want the resolve to be more than just the presentation of workshop results we want to be a work of art music and art so this economic will have
a lot to explore in various phases right now we're in the experimental phase it's easy to get the experiments defiles i. suspect to know that irksome things which relax in the art of you don't have in us that we can indicate from this this part of the budget to be a distributed music that's it for me that's important but what it's utopia are it's an english going for me it's bring the music is the main thing. dante three the workshop gets down to business so ishtar workers here he is a living legend in india the master tabla player has taught hundreds of percussionists of many different nationalities in the west some call him the beethoven of the top band hodgson impuls baerga was one of his students to. actually use it because in the show rushdie is truly
a pioneer of indian music and he's completely traditional in the way he teaches and the school he believes in the groovy show tradition the relationship between mentor and student that has been passed on in india for thousands of years but he represents that he's one of the last time but he's also genuinely experimental he believes in the power of rhythm and wants to expand indian rhythms to india should . have it on. the go to the bad. it's not easy to bring together ten profession ists from different cultures. what does the master think of the experiment the so. they wanted really murder in the in the me in new museum really really at the age of indian music. written we started to believe music and we put
a big debut for. the concert set for september twentieth in bonn germany will also feature a premier and off castro work commissioned by d.w. composed by. a flute player rakesh that's a big thing for me i'm open to do anything i know experiment in music because. music needs to be expand day by day. in seven hour rehearsals the participants are hard at work by autumn the team will have mastered a program featuring pieces by european and indian composers what's their verdict on the seven days a month. difference because i think it's great. the pace of the lessons is overwhelming but we made so much progress and learned so many things in such a short time. be an oven victory here indeed musicians are really incredible we've been learning so much it's really great be very excited for the beat the one fest
that is going to happen in september and all of us the temple questionis five from germany and five from india very keen on working together and sharing the stage with some great symphony musicians as well. the last hours in mumbai the young musicians from germany and india get to enjoy some free time will be reunited in september at the beethoven fest in bonn. valley not a talent says the berlin international film festivals networking platform. we are asking members about their dreams and challenges our passion for film coming up now twenty one. zero. zero eight zero given those of course all right bob you will come again.
if you actually travel to india and you see the social structure of india the indian people in their life emotionally are actually much louder in expressing their emotion than the western people this is. and i'm an actor i live from india mumbai i live in mumbai i work in bollywood but from last four years now i have started working in america so i am in between i and. the time. i can. come back on my. feet. but.
if you can't hear it you are obviously dead. i always wanted to be an actor. i was always good in studies and in india the families and parents i was like ok you have to be engineers are not the actual i just did my engineering but then i joined to a film school. yeah this was always i wanted and i've become an actor. so when you talk about million dollar r it was my first international and hollywood american film so i was not in a position to choose that. they were selecting me. all my life i wanted to be.
four. but i never dreamed it was possible. but when i read the phone afterglow getting selected and they're all i said like oh wow this is a me amazing role and let's you know enjoy this whole process where. you with me. and you're on three. one. two. three. i don't get jetlag and he will. because from mumbai to l.a. it's almost like twenty four hours it's amazing to explore the whole world and different cultures from different corners you never get bored in your life because life is not. who are in recovery.
who. are going to go. i think i'm a guy. i know that. but. i. everywhere you go and you exposed to a new situation new mic new cultural diversity new kind of you know people new working style it makes you more deeply as an artist and you learn a lot i do enjoy the process so i was of course still working keep working and. bollywood but i am exploring outside cinema as well and yeah i am enjoying it. may not be the model of the bottom quintile not from the play out how not.
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