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for god. for cities can try one more they have survived but do they also have a future i really understand people who say they don't want to stay here but they also admire people who want to stay here and it's decided to create something. out of darkness seems more stark september second on t.w. . hello and welcome to arts twenty one. on this edition resound indian 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 its five thousand year history. of memory you don't have to believe the greek will give you.
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and one of these artists sound to say about a nation racked by religious conflicts gender based violence and environmental degradation. and against prosimian india is just one but it's your 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 dr you write we visit the booker prize winning novelist. she appears almost out of nowhere from the chaos of old delhi's street life aren't actually 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. taters one who draws the ire of hindu nationalists although her
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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 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 don't not to write something smooth an easily digestible
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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 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 quote unquote border against its court court not a single day. she's also critical of the west which she says has built blinded by colorful cliched images of india and adopted an ideal. view of the country one that
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overlooks the rise of hindu nationalism 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 thousand nine hundred 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 not i mean only thing that feels very sympathetic to that kind of thing and that is not an exaggeration. but it in 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 so normal for upperclassmen to just believe they own the bodies of no really you know when that huge protest happened back of butter for me with a little bit wary of. is there a hierarchy of rape victims and do some rapes count as a very 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
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but she can live with that. part of me 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 but 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 villian at the center of conspiracy in full sprint papered with images of india's
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sprawling capital delhi. face masks and essential accessory the city is blanketed with stifling smog. performance piece and photo documentary breath by breath. 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 a street. car from getting really really expensive so it's just run but if you're buying 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. the lottery's work focuses on environmental concerns. the immunity is
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a sacred river in india severely contaminated by industrial effluents burned was sewage. that locals who live along its banks still use its water for bathing cooking and drinking. their filaments on the latter uses poetic imagery to document this environmental disaster socially engaged in critical arts at the heart of this exhibition. death unless the about asked 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 a tribute to the countless silence victims of sexual violence which remains
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widespread across india today. the life size sculpture six women is also a reflection on women's 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 judged apartness uses domestic appliances to challenge gender stereotyping and installation in a freezer references global problems. or an aids to 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 enter into a kitchen of a higher cost problem also. if they have menstruation happening they're not
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supposed to enter the kitchens so the kitchen from the from from the context of. india becomes interesting as well in the arms of. the hierarchies that set apart through the space. of. visible and invisible boundaries a central theme in indian society and in this exhibition. on the high museum wall project the partner is 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
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. i think this kind of narrow nationalism that we are seeing self seeing deal believed to be is really something that. you see on. 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. series hyphenated lives examines the same of politically divided but historically related countries hybrids juxtapose flora and fauna from neighboring countries it's a utopian vision. me to sense work as more radical or museum of own belongings is an astute metaphor for an eagle a tear in world. a
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gaping grimace of false teeth questions 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 nothing more discoveries from india picked up on our radar. the german indian production pavo is german director modern lit fox feature film debut. the twenty sixteen release is based on the true story of
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a young tibetans pavo used to betting for hero. to. the. model to see. 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 so for years from now. said. frank. because. that's a. magician. an extension of his life is also his last a tibetan exile community in india. is fined for tibet's freedom ends in tragedy the award. winning film pavo 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 support gupta . the dream team 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 unless a solution sells like a breakfast lunch and dinner. plans and other everyday objects like a milkman'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 a society caught between tradition and globalization exploding wealth and abject
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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 one by . moment by is a vibrant and sprawling city on the coast india's gateway to the world and where the twenty eighteen campus project began its. only fabby on shallow water pascal you want to entail none 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. 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 from the diagram. 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 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 collapse 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. or cuttack dancers their rhythmic dance is an essential part of indian percussion.
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suggests the musicians unpack their instruments and apply to 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. committees to soundscapes be brought into harmony ben-hur believes so. 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. this point of course the workshop is part of the project. but 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 though the seek to explore and various. phases right
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now we're in the experimental phase. he said to get out the experiments. expect to know the earth and things which we lack in all of you don't have in us that we can get from this this part of the budget to be a distributed music that's it for me that's important but when it's your opioids and it was good for me it's bring the music is the main thing. that 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 ten how to go was one of his students to think about that celeste you said because if you are in the in the rush he is truly
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a pioneer of indian music that is completely traditional in the way he teaches this who believes in the group she showed 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. have it on. the go to the political. it's not easy to bring together ten per questionis from different cultures what does the master think of the experiment just see here one fully known indian remey indian music really really a danger to indian music. really really hard to believe music we put it if you. the concert set for september twentieth in
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bonn germany will also feature a premier and off pastoral work commissioned by d.w. composed by. a flute player rakesh charles yeah it's a big thing for me i'm open to do any kind of 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. victory here indeed musicians are really incredible we've been learning so much it's really great you're very excited for the beat the one fest that is going to happen in september and all of us the questionis five from germany
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and five from india very keen on working together and sharing the stage with some grave 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. delhi 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 on arts twenty one. you don't know anything but. given. right. you look at
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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 a bit of bashi oh and i'm an actor i live from india mumbai i live in mumbai i work in bollywood but from last years now i have started working in america so i am in between. the power to order to. earn enough to look. like a. good economy. if
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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 a engineer or a doctor so i just did my engineering but then i joined to a film school. that this was always i wanted and i 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 for. 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 read the firm afterglow getting selected and they're all i said like oh wow this is unreal amazing role and let's you know enjoy this whole process where. you with me. and you're on three. one. two. three area. i don't get jetlag any 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. on recovery yet know.
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who. i am a guy. i know yeah. but. my . 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 it. may not be the model of the potter town not for leon i'm not cut.
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down because i can laugh when it comes to. india a land of the men's culture in the beauty and a study in contrasts that's all for now from march twenty one join us again next week until then good bye and don't feel.
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