tv Arts.21 - Namaste Indian art and culture Deutsche Welle August 26, 2018 7:30pm-8:00pm CEST
also the future i really understand people who say they don't want to stay here but i also admire people who want to stay here and it's decided to create something. out of darkness city's war starts september second on t.w. . hello and welcome to arts twenty one. on this edition resound indian creatives working in germany in france and their native india out of the view their vast country with its population of one point three billion and its five thousand year history the. minimum you have to believe in the requote interview. and what are these artists have to say about
a nation racked by religious conflicts gender based violence and environmental degradation. and can still see in india is just one but it's your buying fall soon 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 dot here roy we visit the booker prize winning novelist. she appears almost out of nowhere from the chaos of old delhi's street life aren't right. 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 irish hindu nationalists although her admirers fear for her safety she refuses. to be seen as
a martyr. but people. and i mean i'm always invited of course to present myself as this low voice who's taken on so many people and i'm so alone and i'm so brave but that's not true you know i don't know any in fact who has more arms around them than myself in this country yet roy has only written two novels twenty years after her first in twenty seventeen she published the ministry of art most 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 civilized nor were the idea of what people think a normal should be you know not to write something smooth then easily digestible like baby food. 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 its 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 not been a thing day when the indian army has not been deployed within its own quote unquote bordeaux's against its chord chord not a single day. 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 take the political pressure group r.s.s. . roy says it's not just it's brown uniforms that we call germany's fascists on
whom the organization was modeled when it was founded in one thousand nine hundred five the r.s.s. is ideology is geared to implementing hindu majority rule through violence especially against muslims. and. 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 know the only thing that feels very sympathetic to that i think 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 so normal for upperclassmen to just believe they own the bodies of no women you know when that huge protest happened but if butter for me was a little bit wary of. is there a hierarchy of rape victims and do some rapes count as really not. roy has also criticised the man we're veered as the father of india mahatma gandhi her 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 doesn't hold me. i mean you know what would really hurt me is if they said they
loved me. aren't actually drawing a champion of politically sensitive causes he's never been afraid to speak her mind which humor and warmth she encourages all of us to approach india with a critical and open mind. from delhi through germany or the exhibition facing india showcases thought provoking work by a new generation of indian women artists. a billion at the center of conspiracy of. paper with images of india's sprawling capital delhi. face masks an essential accessory the city is
blanketed with stifling small. 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 that out and cans for a theme in india so they're coming from a stray cat or from getting really 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. to lotteries work focuses on environmental concerns. is a sacred river in the severely contaminated by interest real effluents was sewage.
good locals who live along its banks still use its water for bathing cooking and drinking. inner filaments on the lottery uses poetic imagery to document this environmental disaster socially engaged in critical arts is at the heart of this exhibition. just let me see about asd 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. death 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 six women is also
a reflection of women's for the lity. comes from the bodies of calcutta sex workers . and many cultures the kitchen is the only right place for a woman to be judged 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. this that is the on the nightly western but it harbors a criticism of india's rigid social stratification. people from the all cost conscious into into a kitchen all for higher costs. also if they have menstruation happening they're not supposed to enter kitchens so the kitchen from the 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 and in this exhibition. on a high museum wall project apartness 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 my grocery perth's taken across the centuries. how does migration affect the sense of national identity. to help search or border conflicts symbolized by barbed wire and in an age when digital communication has long since transcended all the injuries. i think
this kind of narrow nationalism that we are seeing self-esteem deal believed to be is really something that. you beyond. 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. when a collapse 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 sands work is more radical or museum of own belongings is an astute metaphor for an egalitarianism world. a gaping grimace of false teeth quest. it's
a dividing lines between castes ethnicities and genders. facing india and 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 nothing more discoveries from india picked up on our radar. the german indian production paavo is german director marvin lit facts feature film debut. the twenty sixteen release is based on the true story of a young tibetan paavo his tibetans for hero. the.
model to see. in stark powerful images the film tells the story of georgie's life. in two thousand and eight years arrested during tibet and protests against chinese rule and endures six months of torture in a chinese prison. and so on feel strong enough. as it sounds like. the sims. was a. magician. the next station of his life is also his last a tibetan exile community in india. his find for tibet's freedom and is in tragedy the award winning film pavo is a powerful story of own land and loss.
very hungry god a gigantic skull made from typical indian stainless steel cookware by suborder gupta. the glinting sculpture is the centerpiece of the artist's first solo exhibition in france. i work with a daily man dance and when i was making this particular work nineteen years ago. ninety percent of the population of india huge interest in this is still it unsettles like a breakfast lunch and then. sent vans and other everyday objects like a milk man's bicycle make frequent appearances in those exploration of india's past and present or stacks of tiffin boxes another tradition used to examine the ambivalence of the 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 eight thousand campus project began its. fall beyond shallow to pascal human jew and tilman study classical percussion in germany the beethoven fest 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. and it's very inspiring even though it's a foreign country and culture and the music sounds strange to me but it's also so.
to die room. every time it's so completely different being here has turned my entire music world upside down when you start working with indian music you feel like you're practically a beginner again why did. 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 i was twenty ish and sujit to our 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 she found the architect answers their rhythmic dance is an essential part of indian percussion. that'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-hur believe so. yes. he fell in love with indian 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. his way of course of this economic well of a lot to explore in various phases right now we're in the experimental phase it's basically a good idea experiment. expect
to know that there are some things which we lack in all of you don't have in us that we can engage from this this part of the culture to be a district of music that's it for me that's important but whatever it's utopia it's something that's good for me it's being the music is the main thing. on day 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 down hodgson impulse baerga was one of his students. because pure neo in the rushdie is truly a pioneer of indian music that is completely traditional in the way he teaches this who believes in the group she shared 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 but he's also genuinely experimental he believes in the
power of rhythm and wants to expand indian rhythms to india should when ever i turn . to the ability to. it's not easy to bring together ten profession ists from different cultures what does the master think of the experiment is. there one fully known indian remey indian music really really updates to indian music. written really hard to believe music we put it would. be the concert set for september twentieth in bonn germany will also feature a premier and off castro work commissioned by d.w. composed by bernhard and dancer a flute player rakesh charles it's a big thing for me i'm open to do any experiment. in music because.
music needs to be expressed. 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 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. and victory here. i really incredible we've been learning so much it's really great you're very excited for the beat the one first that is going to happen in september and all of us the penpal questionis five from germany and five from india very keen on working together and sharing the stage with the some great symphony musicians as well. the last hours of. the young musicians from germany and india get to enjoy some free time will be reunited in
september at the beethoven fest in bonn. really not a talent says the berlin international film festivals networking platform we are asking members about their dreams and challenges our passion for a film coming up now on arts twenty one. you don't know anything but. given. right. 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 the emotion and then the western people this is
i was always good in studies and in india the families and parents i was like ok you have to be a engineer or an author so i just did my engineering but then i joined to a film school. and yeah this was always i wanted and i've become an actor up to that. 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. in sickness for. but i never dreamed it was possible. but when i did the firm after go getting selected and the rule i said like oh wow this is
a knee amazing role and let's you know enjoy the whole process the way. i with me. and the on three. one. two. three. i don't get jetlag and he will. because remember i do 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 more to love. to tell. a guy. everything that.
but. my. everywhere you go and you exposed to a new situation new makers 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 and yeah i'm enjoying. the not be the model of a potted town after the play out how not. i can laugh at a mechanic on. india a land of the men's culture and beauty and a study in contrasts that's all for now from march twenty one join us again next
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