Indian october 2019
INDIAN OCTOBER 2019
Back for it’s third year, join us at The Fold this October for a month of song, dance, film and food celebrating the vibrant culture of India.
Launching on the 6th October with the Indian Festival Market, where you will be able to indulge in delicious Indian Food, watch music and dance performances and partake in workshops and activities, alongside our usual local crafts-people and artisans.
American writer and director Kell Kearns is bringing his acclaimed documentaries on the life and death of Mahatma Gandhi. The first film ‘Gandhi’s Awakening’ tells the fascinating story of Gandhi’s early transformative years in South Africa. Light Indian (also known as Satvik) food will be served in the cafe, followed by an introduction from the director and a performance by Awantika. The second film ‘Gandhi’s Gift’ will also include a talk by the renowned peace activist Satish Kumar. The film gives brilliant insights into Gandhi’s mind during his final, tragic and triumphant years.
There will be two concerts taking place during the month; a Music evening on Saturday 19th October with Gilles and Pavlo Petit, Awantika and William Tooby; and a dance evening on Friday 25th October with Awantika and local dancer Sabira Mollah.
If you want to learn dancing for yourself Awantika will be teaching three Bollywood dance workshops taking place 5.15pm – 6.45pm Thursdays 10th, 17th, 24th October.
Why Indian October at The Fold?
Traditional Indian culture, music and much eastern philosophy hold deep wisdom. This we can draw on in these critical times, when we need to challenge business as usual and growth-based capitalism in our journey to create a new values based and more conscious world for children of all beings to come. Certainly, Gandhi’s philosophy has so much to offer and learn from.
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A former monk and long-term peace and environment activist, Satish Kumar has been quietly setting the Global Agenda for change for over 50 years. He was just nine when he left his family home to join the wandering Jains and 18 when he decided he could achieve more back in the world, campaigning for land reform in India and working to turn Gandhi’s vision of a renewed India and a peaceful world into reality.
Inspired in his early 20s by the example of the British peace activist Bertrand Russell, Satish embarked on an 8,000-mile peace pilgrimage together with E.P. Menon. Carrying no money and depending on the kindness and hospitality of strangers, they walked from India to America, via Moscow, London and Paris, to deliver a humble packet of ‘peace tea’ to the then leaders of the world’s four nuclear powers.
In 1973 Satish settled in the United Kingdom taking up the post of editor of Resurgence magazine, a position he has held ever since, making him the UK’s longest-serving editor of the same magazine. During this time, he has been the guiding spirit behind a number of now internationally-respected ecological and educational ventures including Schumacher College in South Devon where he is still a Visiting Fellow.
In his 50th year, Satish undertook another pilgrimage – again carrying no money. This time, he walked 2,000 miles to the holy places of Britain, a venture he describes as a celebration of his love of life and nature. In July 2000 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Education from the University of Plymouth. In July 2001, he received an Honorary Doctorate in Literature from the University of Lancaster. And in the November of that same year, he was presented with the Jamnalal Bajaj International Award for Promoting Gandhian Values Abroad.
His autobiography, No Destination, first published by Green Books in 1978, has sold over 50,000 copies. He is also the author of You Are, Therefore I Am: A Declaration of Dependence and The Buddha and the Terrorist.
In 2005, Satish was Sue Lawley’s guest on Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs. In 2008, as part of BBC2’s Natural World series, he presented a 50-minute documentary from Dartmoor, Earth Pilgrim, which was watched by over 3.6 million people. He also appears regularly in the media, on a range of programmes including Thought for the Day and Midweek.
Satish is on the Advisory Board of Our Future Planet, a unique online community sharing ideas for real change and in recognition of his commitment to animal welfare and compassionate living, he was recently elected vice-president with the RSPCA. He continues to teach and run workshops on reverential ecology, holistic education and voluntary simplicity and is a much sought-after speaker both in the UK and abroad.
Classical and Semi-Classical Indian Singer, Kathak Dancer and Bundeli Folk Singer, Awantika was born in Khajuraho, the world-famous city of temples, where music is carved into the stone. She gave her first performance aged just four.
From the age of six she was fortunate to train under the exceptional guidance of Shri Gyanesh Adiya. At nine she joined the Sanskar Rang Toli theatrics group led by the late Sushri Vibha Mishra where she sang for five years in their dramas. She was a playback singer in various film productions for Ms. Vibha Mishra and performed many plays in the National School of Drama New Delhi, Bharat Bhavan Bhopal & various other parts of India. With her keen interest in Kathak dance she studied with guru Shishya Parampara and the Maestro Pt. Ram Mohan Maharaj.
Awantika completed her degrees in Music, Sanskrit and English at Hari Singh Gaur University under Smt. Asha Khare and is currently undertaking her masters. Shewon the University Youth Festival of Indian Classical Vocal competition and is now a regular performer on All India Radio, many local, national and international concert and festivals. She is one of those rare artists equally adept in singing and dancing. Inspired by nature and the natural world she has always known singing and dancing were her destiny and where she could best express herself. When she performs she feels the divine becomes alive in her and says “I don’t so much think about entertaining the audience as bringing the music to life in their souls.”
She has worked as Music Director and Composer in many dramas at the India festival in Taiwan and set up the Awantika Arts Centre for Music and Dance in Khajuraho with her brother Akash where she trains local and international students.
Sabira Mollah is a local dancer based in Worcester who not only attended Bulbul Academy of Fine Arts, Bangladesh and graduated 1st Place from the Academy in Dance, but also holds a BA (Hons) in Dance and Professional Practices from Coventry University.
Her vibrant career includes touring with Academy’s Dance troupe and she has also appeared a few times on Bangladeshi TV.
For past 9 years she has been dedicated full time to her autistic daughter. Recently inspired by her daughter, friends and family, she formed a group called ‘Unity Arts’ whose mission is to unify communities, cultures and the arts.
Sabira’s speciality is in Modern Indian Dance; which originated from West Bengal and first appeared around the same time as ‘Modern Dance’ in Europe in the early 20th Century.
Sabira is also experienced in Bharatanaytam, Manipuri, Kathak, Indian Folk (incl. Bhangra), Tap, Ballet and Contemporary dance.
As a child Gilles had an irrepressible urge to express through singing and by the age of fourteen had built his own guitar and started to compose his own songs. By sixteen he was singing in bars around Paris. As his musical development unfolded, Gilles studied other instruments including cello, violin, sitar, tablas as well as wind instruments such as trumpet and flutes, attaining a fluency in all of them. Eventually Gilles heard in Afghanistan a voice whose resonance was so rich that it carried even outside without the aid of a microphone. This triggered Gilles’ search to uncover that voice in himself and later in the students who have been attending his workshops over the years.
William’s roots are based in organic farming and the eco-facilitation for all life on earth, but it was his passion for Indian Raga that drew him to India in the seventies so that he could learn and better understand the music.
From the age of five he studied the violin, went on to be a choir soloist then played in various bands during the seventies. He started singing à cappella in the eighties and toured with ‘The Singing Sous Chefs’ and ‘Men in General’ before deciding to focus on raga.
He currently studies with Gilles Petit and Ustad Wajahat Khan when not involved as director of The Fold CIC in Worcestershire which he co-founded as an artisan village, organic farm and earth-based community.
Born in 1951 in Texas, Kell Kearns has traveled throughout the world
making 14 documentary biographies mostly broadcast on PBS. He
speaks at their premieres and screenings. Kearns’ subjects include major
figures of history and our times such as the great Sufi poet Rumi, the
nonviolent Christ, Martin Luther King, Jr. and a two part series on
He began work as a radio talk show host and News Director while in
university. From there he moved on to local television news in Dallas.
There he reported, anchored and learned the techniques of editing and
shooting. In 1983 he became an independent documentary producer and has been such since.
The best website not only to learn about his current work but films acrossthe last 40 years, with reviews and trailers, is www,gandhisgift.com
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