Saturday, September 17, 2011

IMPORTANT - Change of venue for the Dastan-e-sedition, 18th Sept, Pune

The show of Dastan-e- sedition, that is to take place tomorrow, the 18th of September, in Pune, will no longer take place in the Ghokhale institute. The institute has backed out due to the threat of violence, however we are determined to exercise our right to dissent, and will do so at this new address

At Shramik Bhavan, Near Pune Municipal Corp building.
Landmark Dengale Bridge, Shivaji nagar, Pune.
The time has changed from 5.30 to 6pm.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Dastangoi Bombay Workshop

Dastak announces

An impromptu Dastangoi workshop cum baithak

In Bombay

On 24th and 25th of September (saturday and sunday)

From 3 pm to 8 pm


Barry John Acting School
301, Nanak Chambers,
Opposite Fun Republic,
New Link Road,
Andheri (West)

All interested should please write a mail to Manu Sikander Dhingra at> or call on +91-9810057705

For local directions please call Rana at 09821135410 or Rajesh at 09920775498

Friday, September 09, 2011

A Seditious Tale Visits Pune

Photograph Courtesy: Faizullah

We're invited for a repeat performance of our Dastan-e-Sedition, a special tale around the trial of Dr. Binayak Sen, at the 'Celebrating Right to Dissent' Festival at Pune. The event is open to all. Performances will be held at Azam Campus and at Gokhale Institute. The schedule is given below for those willing to attend.

For direction to Gokhale Institute, please click at the link given below:

Celebrating Right to Dissent

A cultural festival in defence of our right to protest

Day One, Sept 16, Friday: Venue – Azam Campus, an educational institution which hosts more than 10 colleges and schools, where 25000 students study.

1. Exhibition of Contemporary Art by young artists

2. Film festival

Both of you fly to Pune, on this night.

Day Two, Sept 17, Saturday: Venue: Azam Campus

The exhibition continues till noon.

Main program – from 10.30 am to 1 noon.

a. Felicitation of Binayak and Ilina by the Azam Campus

b. Talk by P. A. Inamdar, Chairperson of the campus

c. Introduction of Binayak and Ilina by Neeraj

d. Talk by Binayak, from 11 am to 12 noon (1 hour)

e. Play – 12 noon Dastaan E Sedition, by Mahmood Farooqui & Danish Husain, Dastangoi. - 1 hour

(Note: The exhibition is by the same people who did the program in Mumbai when you and Binayak had gone there. The exhibition will not include the costlier exhibits as they will need insurance, and we thought no point in spending that much.)

1 noon to 2 noon – Press Conference to be addressed by BINAYAK and ILINA, at the Azam Campus, over lunch for the press and all of us.

(With this, the main program for the day ends. The Hall of the campus, where this program is being organised, has a capacity of 400. But we wanted more students to hear Binayak, so we have organised another talk in the afternoon for Binayak where the MBA and MCA students will attend)

3 or 3.30 pm – Talk by Binayak for MBA and MCA students of Azam Campus, for 1 hour, followed by questions and answers.

Day Three: Sept 18, 2011, Sunday

Morning session: Venue – Lokayat Hall, near Deccan (Binayak has come there earlier, after his first release) Time: 10 am to 5 pm

1. Exhibition of Contemporary Art by young artists

2. Film festival

(This will continue through the day. The Lokayat hall has three floors, with small and bigger halls. The idea is that we will have the exhibition in all three or two halls – I don't know how big will it be. In one of the halls we have the film festival going on too, comprising documentaries related to the theme.

3. Interaction for Lokayat activists with Binayak Sen, in the morning, from say 11 am to 1 noon. This interaction will be in one of the rooms of the Lokayat Building.

Evening Session: This is the main program of the day.

Venue: Kale Hall, Gokhale Institute of Politics and Economics.

Time: 5.30 pm to 8.30 pm (can go up to 9 pm)

1. Introduction + introduction of speakers (Binayak and Ilina) – 10 mins

2. Short talk by Neeraj on reasons for organising the program – 10 mins

3. Talk by Ilina – duration 20 minutes

4. Talk by Binayak – duration 50 minutes

5. Questions and answers – to be taken by Binayak and Ilina (20 mins)

6. PLAY – 7.20 pm Dastaan E Sedition by Mahmood Farooqui & Danish Husain – 1 hour - this can be followed by an interaction with the audience.

With this the Formal festival ends.

in solidarity,
Neeraj Jain, Lokayat
"Mrudanga", Bldg No. 3A, Flat No. 6,
Naad Brahma Society, Warje,
Pune - 411 058
Ph. Mobile 094222 20311
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