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the reasons and shoulder the risk last week. of investment bankers insulted ourselves with her stock everybody was wrong the one teach me nor the reality that they might blow off in that case of a system that spun out of control. all the more there were a lot of cars going through the crush investment bank lehman brothers start september thirteenth on t.w. . hello and welcome to arts twenty one. on this edition resound are immune creatives working in germany france and their native india out of the view their vast country with its population of one point three billion and it's fun for thousand year history. of the movement you have to believe newsweek
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reported good news. and what are these artists have to say about a nation wracked by religious conflicts gender based violence and environmental degradation. and ken's first scene in india is just one but if you're buying for today 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 done here roy we visit the booker prize winning novelist. she appears almost out of nowhere from the chaos of old delhi street life are undoubtedly 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 royal. respected commentator one who draws the ire of hindu
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nationalists although her admirers fear for her safety she refuses to be seen as a martyr. with people. and i mean i'm always invited of course to present myself as this low voice who is taking 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 right 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 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 normal should be you don't not to write something smooth and easily digestible
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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 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 nine hundred forty seven there's not been a single day when the indian army has not been deployed within its own quote unquote border against its court and 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 adopt. had an idealistic view of the country one that overlooks
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the rise of hindu nationalism and 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 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 got the ology 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
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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 if after for me with a little bit wary of. is there a hierarchy of rape victims and do some rapes. not. rowing has also criticised the man we've beard as the father of india mahatma gandhi for 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.
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doesn't mean i mean you know what would really hurt me if they said they loved me. aren't actually drawing 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 to 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 of sprint papers with images of india's
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sprawling capital delhi. face masks an essential accessory the city is blanket its stifling smog. performance piece and photo documentary breath by breath. collected polluted air at different locations across the city with a butterfly culture. 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 if you're buying for. 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 immunity is
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a sacred river in india severely contaminated by industrial effluents and was sewage. that locals who live along its banks still use its water for bathing cooking and drinking. inner filaments on collateral uses poetic imagery to document this environmental disaster socially engaged in critical arts is at the heart of this exhibition. definitely 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. deference 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
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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 is one of the lety. 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 a freezer references global problems. grenades the terrorist threats all pervading sir. valence 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 of a higher cost. also if they have menstruation happening they're not supposed to and
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do kitchens so the kitchen from from from the context of. india becomes interesting as well in domes of. the hierarchy stacked set apart to the space. visible and invisible boundaries a central theme in indian society and in this exhibition. on a high museum wall project the part in 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 my grocery purchases taken across the centuries. how does migration affect the sense of national identity. and help search for border conflicts symbolized by barbed wire in an age when digital communication has long since transcended all
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boundaries. i think this kind of narrow nationalism that we are seeing self seeing 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. we nicolette series hyphenated lives examines the same 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 her new seam of only longs is an astute metaphor for an eagle a tear in worlds. a
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gaping grimace a fog state 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 sleeve to look for us on facebook under d w culture. and now more discoveries from india picked up on our radar. the german indian production paavo is german director modern lit facts feature film debut. the twenty sixteen release is based on the true story of
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a young tibetans. who is tibetans for hero. in stark powerful images the film tells the story of georgie's life. in two thousand and eight is arrested during tibet and protests against chinese rule and endures six months of torture in a chinese prison. and some fears strong enough. said. my. because. that's. just. 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
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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 huge interest in this is still it unsettles like a breakfast lunch and dinner. sent pans and other everyday objects like a milkman's bicycle make frequent appearances in court 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 globalisation exploding wealth and i'm jack
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cast politics and spirituality. 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 one by. moment by is a vibrant and sprawling city on the coast of india's gateway to the world and where the twenty eight thousand campus project. 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. and it's very inspiring even
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though it's a foreign country and culture and the music sounds strange to me it's also so far spiraling to die room. it's so completely different being here it's turned my entire musical 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'm twenty. eight 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 she found the architect answers their rhythmic dance is an essential part of indian percussion. just
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so 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 britain 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. 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 the berkshires know who he is where it's over of course the workshop is part of the project so we want the result to be more than just the presentation of workshop results we wanted to be a work of art music and art the second that we will have a lot to explore in various phases right now we're in the experimental phase he
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said to get out the experiments to fasten. seat expect to know that there are some things which we lack in all of you don't have in us that we can indeed get from this this part of the culture there we're just reading the music that's it for me that's important but what i what it's utopia are you doing what'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 hard she was one of his students. you know that's the way she said because if you're in the in the russian she is truly
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a pioneer of indian music that is completely traditional in the way he teaches and the school he 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 past 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 political. it's not easy to bring together ten per questionis from different cult. what does the master think of the experiment. they want to leave the murder in the in the me in the museum relieved really at the age when then music. written we started to believe music and we put it before. the the concert set for september twentieth in bonn germany will also
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feature a premier and off pastoral work commissioned by d.w. composed by bernhard and bonser a flute player rakesh charles but big thing for me i'm open to do any kind of 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. since the five it's great. the pace of the lessons is overwhelming but we made so much progress and learned so many new things in such a short time for annoyance in love and victory here the indonesians are really incredible we've been learning so much it's really great a very excited for the beatle unfenced that is going to happen in september and all
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of us the penpal questionis five from germany and five from india very keen on working together in sharing this stage 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. belly not a talent says the berlin international film festivals network. in platform we are asking members about their dreams and challenges our passion for film coming up now twenty one. zero. zero. zero eight zero given came close of course all right bob you will come again.
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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 people this is a bit of a shill and i'm an actor all i need 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. you know. how to tell. me how. i can. come back on my.
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feet. if you can't hear it you 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 there 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. so when you talk about million dollar arm it was my first international and hollywood american for so i was not in a position to choose that. they were selecting me. all my life i wanted to be.
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for. but i never dreamed it was possible. but when i did the film after go getting selected and they're all i said like oh wow this is a marine amazing role and let's you know enjoy this whole process where. you with me. and you're on three. one. two. three anyhow. i don't get jet lag and he will. because remember right it's almost like twenty four hours it's amazing to explore the whole world and different cultures from different corners you little good board in your life because life is not more to love. to live.
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ok because. i think i have a high. and. high . everywhere you go and you exposed to a new situation new makers new cultural diversity new kind of 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'm enjoying. the not be the model of a particular. play out. like
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