Past Cultural Events

Quest for Identity and Emerging Trends in the Contemporary Art of Bangladesh - Rafi Haque

Institutionalized artistic production or modern art in Bangladesh emerged with the founding of the Arts Institute in Dkaha in 1948. Its mourning in the following six decades was hardly smooth. The art of Bangladesh had to etch out its own path while facing myriad challenges - religious injunctions, social indifference, and a lack of political consensus. It was in 1971, in the newly-independent nation, that art became infused with new life and unforeseen energy. Bangladeshi art has found its own language since.

Artist Rafi Haque will speak on this quest for identity and emerging trends in the contemporary art of Bangladesh.

Dates: 
Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 4:30pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)

Rafi Haque - Art Reception

Reception will include food.

Biography of the Artist:
Rafi Haque is an internationally acclaimed visual artist from Bangladesh. Born in Kushtia in 1965, he received his MFA in 1991, with specialization in printmaking, from the Faculty of Fine Arts, University of Dhaka. His experiments with printmaking and painting over the past two decades have brought him numerous national and international accolades including the First Prize in 5th World Triennele of Print, Chamalieres, France in 2000. Also he was 'Artist-in-Residence' in Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Japan in 2000.

Rafi's works have been showcased in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Bangladesh, France, Germany, India, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Netherlands, Egypt, Russia, Poland, South Korea, Malaysia, Macedonia, Argentina, and the United States of America. Some of his recent participation international expositions includes 'Prints Tokyo 2012', and 'Fifth Beijing International Art Biennale 2012'.

Dates: 
Friday, April 4, 2014 - 4:30pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)

Film Screening - "Red Ant Dream"

This documentary deals with the issue of "Maoist insurgency in India." It focuses on the Maoists in Bastar in Chhattisgarh, tribals fighting against industrialists in Niyamgiri in Odisha, and protestors acting in memory of the Leftist revolutionary Bhagat Singh in Punjab. This film shows the people of these regions resisting what they believe to be oppression. Red Ant Dream was financed by funds given by an International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam Fund grant and a prize from the Busan International Film Festival.

Reception with director to follow. Refreshments will be served.

Dates: 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 3:30pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)

Film Screening Monsoon Oracle

The Monsoon Oracle is a factual film, directed by Shrenik Rao. It is an intimate portrayal of the central festival of Telangana, called Bonalu.

Set in Hyderabad, India’s fifth largest city, this film narrates stories of women and men who dedicate their lives to enacting the roles of the Hindu Goddess Mahankali’s oracles and to the role of Pothuraju, the goddess’ whip wielding brother.

The film presents an insight into extraordinary ritualistic practices that are performed every year in India in the hope of a bountiful monsoon and explores the emotional and psychological dimensions of these annual role enactments.

The dialogue takes place in Telugu with English subtitles. The narration is in English.

Screening followed by a Q&A with the Director and reception

Dates: 
Friday, January 31, 2014 -
12:00pm to 3:00pm

Film Screening - The Monsoon Oracle

Q&A session with the director Shrenik Rao and reception to follow

Dates: 
Monday, January 27, 2014 - 3:30pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)

Film Screening - "Sinhasan" (Throne)

Sinhasan (Marathi: Throne) is a 1979 Marathi political drama directed by Dr. Jabbar Patel. The cast of the film included Nilu Phule, Arun Sarnaik, Shriram Lagoo, Mohan Agashe, Reema Lagoo, Nana Patekar, Datta Bhatt and Satish Dubhashi.The main character, a journalist named Digu Tipnis (Nilu Phule), uncovers a network of telephone tapping and relations between trade unions and politicians in Mumbai. The plot depicts Maharashtra's political corruption linked with Mumbai's entrepreneurial sector.

Join us for snacks, refreshments and the second film screening as part of our ongoing Marathi film festival.

Dates: 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 5:00pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)

Odissi Workshop with Srinwanti Chakrabarti

Srinwanti Chakrabarti, an Odissi dancer and teacher visiting from Paris, will offer a workshop on Odissi dance. There is no dance experience necessary to participate! However, the content of the workshop will be geared toward the experience/background of the dancers who are attending, so if you could fill out the following questions, that would be great! Registration for the workshop is available here.

Please feel free to contact: apsara.uchicago@gmail.com with any questions or concerns.

Dates: 
Saturday, November 9, 2013 -
1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ida Noyes Hall, Dance Room (1212 East 59th Street)

Selected Works by Mandira Bhaduri - An Opening Reception

Please join us to celebrate the opening of an exhibition of works by Mandira Bhaduri. Bhaduri is a visual artist from Kolkata, West Bengal, and also teaches Bengali (Bangla) language in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations (SALC).

The works presented in this exhibit were all created between 2011 and 2013. A seemingly disconnected range of "emotional states", as the artist calls it, has led to the creation of each of these. Nonetheless, the viewer is drawn in by recurring patterns and motives, sometimes articulated to varying degrees and translated into multiple moods. Bhaduri views her rapid shifting and transitioning between varying media and color themes as exemplary of her current personal response to the complexities of modern life.

Refreshments will be served.

Dates: 
Friday, November 8, 2013 - 3:00pm
Foster 103 (1130 East 59th Street)

Odissi Lecture & Demonstration with Srinwanti Chakrabarti

Odissi is an eastern classical Indian dance form which combines precise rhythmic footwork with soft lyricism and wave-like movements of the upper body. This series will explore the history, technique, and contemporary choreography of the art form.

Dates: 
Friday, November 8, 2013 -
1:30pm to 3:00pm
Ida Noyes Hall, Dance Room (1212 East 59th Street)

Film Screening - "Umbartha" (Threshold)

Umbartha (translation: Threshold) is a 1982 Marathi film directed by well known Marathi director, Jabbar Patel. The film’s main protagonist Sulaba Mahajan, played by Smita Patil, struggles with the demands of family and her role as the superintendent of a Women’s Home. The film was adjudged the Best Feature Film in Marathi at the 29th National Film Awards. Smita Patil’s performance in this film inspired well known film maker Costa Gavars to organize the first ever retrospective on an Indian female actor (Smita Patil) in Paris.

Join us for light Maharashtrian refreshments and look out for more films as part of our Marathi films retrospective this quarter.

Dates: 
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 - 3:30pm

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