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Ghare-Baire. Tradition And Modernity In South India In The Era Of Globalisation

Ghare-Baire. Tradition And Modernity In South India In The Era Of Globalisation


Amsterdam is under the spell of everything Indian these days. With the fear of a severe economic recession looming large over the Western world we are obviously craving for the exotic, exuberant and above all carefree glitter and glamour of Bollywood. The India Festival that takes place in Amsterdam from 12-30 November intends to submerge its Dutch audience in fashion, music, dance, film, photo-graphy, theatre, visual arts and multimedia, all of Indian design  (www.indiafestival.nl).
India is alive and kicking and it is about time that we review our preconceptions. If we stick to worn-out notions of India as a backward country we are not only missing out on a wealth of energetic developments in all domains, but are also overlooking 'the irresistible shift of global power to the east' (Kishore Mahbubani) With the SG lecture series 'The Home And The World' that took place in early spring 2008 we explored the work of pivotal Indian writers, artists, filmmakers and activists (From Satyajit Ray to Amartya Sen, Pankaj Mishra and Arundhati Roy). With the lectures in 'Ghare-Baire' we now intend to look beyond old as well as new clichés; India is poor, India is booming. Tradition is at the very heart of Indian society, India has passionately embraced (post)modernity.
How does the spectacular expansion of India's economy and the globalization that comes along with it, affect the lives of "ordinary" people?

Moderated by Jeron Halewijn. Jeron Halewijn is managing director of De Kring, one of the two artist clubs in Amsterdam. Since 2003 he has been advising the organizers and moderating several lecture series connected to the Studium Generale study trips. He was a fellow traveller to Syria, Lebanon, Iran, Libya, Armenia and Azerbaijan. This year he will be co-organizing the study trip to South India. Apart from hosting the Ghare-Baire lectures he will also provide those who are interested in participation with information.

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