All posts tagged: India

In conversation II: Raqs Media Collective

Raqs Media Collective comprises a group of three practitioners—Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula, and Shuddhabrata Sengupta—all based in New Delhi.  The collective was formed in 1992 after its three members graduated from the Mass Communications Research Centre at the Jamia Milia Islamia university in Delhi. Through the 1990s Raqs made a number of documentary films, including In the Eye of the Fish (1997), Present Imperfect, Future Tense (1999) and a thirteen-part television series, Growing Up (1995), which display many of the themes that they have continued to explore in their subsequent work—the urban landscape, the meaning and uses of media and technology, the nature of knowledge and what it means to learn. Through their work, learning becomes not only an artistic impulse but a wider human faculty associated with the capacity of individuals and societies for imaginative and ethical innovation. In 2001 Raqs co-founded the Sarai Programme and the Sarai Reader Series at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, New Delhi, with Prof. Rvai Vasudevan and Prof. Ravi Sundaram as directors of the programme. …

chess champ magnus carlsen – a new king is crowned

Fat Nancy considers herself to be a magnanimous loser, with one exception … chess. Chess is without doubt the most absorbing, fascinating game ever to exist in human kind’s history. Marcel Duchamp, one of the greatest artists of the modern world famously gave up art to pursue a career as a chess master, and that says it all. The world has very recently seen a new face on the world chess scene – Carlson Magnus, at the grand old age of 22. Magnus narrowly misses being the youngest ever FIDE (World Class Chess Federation) champion by a matter of weeks – the youngest ever being of course, Garry Kasparov. On November 22, 2013 Carlson secured a draw to win the World Chess Championship in ten games, with two left to play. Winning the match in Chennai, India, with a score of 6.5 – 3.5, he has now achieved the highest rating of all time. Speaking at a press conference after the victory, Carlsen said he was “very very happy to have won and to have …

Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp in Dubai

The Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp Dubai is uniting Academy lecturers like American hip hop producer Just Blaze, electronic musician Derrick May, world renowned UK producer Gareth Jones, Grammy-nominated dance music guru Kenny Dope, and DJ Gerd Janson, with 32 of the region’s most prominent instrumentalists, vocalists, DJs and producers, giving them the chance to immerse themselves in all things musical. The Academy itself is a closed event, featuring lectures, workshops and studio sessions, but it will culminate in 4 club nights featuring live performances from the attending lecturers. The grand finale on the 28th of September will see 17 participants, including Adil Omar, taking the stage at The Music Room for a collaboration. Akin to the birth a Middle East super group, This RBMA All-star jam session will brings together all the live musicians from Bass Camp including artists from 8 countries, covering a wide music spectrum from funk to rock to electronic music and a shade of everything in between. On the 26th of September, 360 in Jumeirah Beach Hotel, in partnership …