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tiNai Ecofilm Festival (TEFF) 2015
The second edition of tiNai Ecofilm Festival (TEFF) 2015 and National Conference on Ecocinema recently concluded in BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus. Inaugurated on 8th October 2015, the event hosted by the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences , was spread over three days, screened 20 ecofilms selected out of 82 entries, conducted a national conference with twenty paper presentations along with two workshops by eminent filmmakers and activists.
The title tiNai refers to an Indian ecophilosophy which integrates nature, culture and sacred, similar to the Greek concept, oikos, meaning “household” or “family.”
Prof. Salma Monani, Gettysburg College, USA, and Rachel Carson Fellow, Munich, the Chief Guest of the conference delivered the keynote address on “Ecocinema Studies: Past, Present and Future”. Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bahl, National Award winning fillmmakers , Chief Guests for the Film Festival had an in depth interaction of their film Dammed with the audience on the inaugural day after the screening.
A workshop on ''Photography and Digital Filmmaking'' supported by Sony India was conducted by Nandan Saxena and Kavita Bahl on the 08 & 09 October, 2015 and a workshop on ''Documentary as a tool for Social Change'' was conducted by Saraswati Kavula, a filmmaker, farmer and activist, on 10 October 2015. More than 200 young ecoenthusiasts and students from across India participated in the event from across India.
An international ecodocumentary competition was organized as part of the festival for three categories: Indian Short Ecodocumentary, Indian Feature Ecodocumentary and International Ecodocumentary. Shifting Undercurrents, Directed by Rita Banerji, won the Best Indian Short Ecodocumentary award followed by Chintan Gohil’s A Commons Sense (Best Indian Short Ecodocumentary – Runner-up), The Red Data Book: An Appendix (Best Indian Feature Ecodocumentary) by Sreemith Sekar, Shrinking Shores ((Best Indian feature Ecodocumentary – Runner-up) by Ashish Rao, a French film, Jikoo, a wish (Best International Ecodocumentary) by Christophe Leroy and Adrien Camus and the Taiwanese film, The Lost Sea (Best International Ecodocumentary – Runner-up) by Hung Chun-Hsiu.
Coordinated by Dr. Rayson K Alex and Dr. Reena Cheruvalath of the Department, the festival attempted towards enriching the academic and research endeavors pertaining to the fields of Ecocinema and Ecocriticism.
Sursangam-2015, a tribute concert to the legendary Prof. Suresh Ramaswamy
'Srutilaya', the Classical Music and Dance group of BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus, in association with Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), organized Sursangam - 2015, a tribute concert to the legendary Prof. Suresh Ramaswamy on 3rd and 4th October 2015. It was a grand two days festival of Indian classical dance and music of Carnatic, Hindustani and Dhrupad styles.
On the 3rd of October, Mr. Balakrishnan Raghavan on Carnatic Vocals accompanied by Mr. Hancel Salim on Synth and Mr. Sreecharan Shatdarsanam on the Mridangam opened with Cheta Sri in the Raga Dwijavanti, a classic Mutthuswami Dikshithar piece following which was an alapanai and tanam in keeravani for the main piece karunakarane by papanasam sivan which was followed by a brisk tani by Sreecharan S. A padam in yadukulakambhoji Upamu Gaane and a javali 'Modi Jesevelara' in khamas marked the end of his concert.
The main concert of the evening was by Vidwan Manasa Nayana. He started with the famous Maha Ganapatim followed by brisk swaraprasthara. He then presented a ragam tanam Pallavi in Hindolam which showed his complete virtuosity in the creative space of the carnatic idiom.
Following the Carnatic concert was a Bharatnatyam recital by Ms. Lalan Desai and her students which featured pieces on Ardhanareeshwara, following which was a Marathi composition about playful Parvathi and Lord Shiva, following which a piece on playful Lord Krishna through the song "Krishna nee Begane Baro" and a piece on Kalinga Mardhanam by Ms. Lalan's Students and it ended with a Bhajan leaving the audience enchanted.
On the 4th of October, Rajat Mishra, an accomplished singer in the Hindustani style opened the concert with Mohe manaawan, a bada khyal bandish set to vilambit ektaal followed by Naahak naahak tumne which is a chhota khyal set to ek taal madhyalaya and finally Balma mori a chhota khyal set to teen taal in madhyalaya, in the raag bageshri.
Post the hindustani concert was a Dhrupad performance by Dr. Aparna Shastri. Dr. Aparna Shastri started her performance with a short introduction to traditional dhrupad that consists of alaap, jhod, jhala and then the composition to which pakhawaj is the rhythmic accompaniment. The piece that was chosen for the evening was a behag composition set to dhamar.
The star performance of the evening was the mesmerising rendition by Vidushi Jyoti Hegde on the Rudra Veena. Her divine performance of alaap, jhod, jhaala in raag shree followed by bandish set to chou taal left all the listeners in deep peace. Pandit Sanjay Pant Agle on pakhwaaj left the audience spellbound.
Prof. Radhika Vathsan and the Director, Prof. Sasikumar Punnekat felicitated all artists and Mr. Madhukar drew the curtains with the vote of thanks.
EURAXESS Information Session held on Friday 25th September 2015
Department of Economics and International Programmes and Collaboration Division of BITS Pilani K K Birla Goa campus jointly organised EURAXESS Information Session on Friday 25th September 2015 at BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus.
The Objectives of the event were
The session was attended by 158 participants from BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa campus, NIO - Goa and NIT - Goa. Apart from the said participation, colleagues from BITS Pilani’s campuses at Pilani, Hyderabad and Dubai participated throughTelepresence.
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