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Tagore Commemoration Grant Scheme started

To celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore, Government of India has constituted a National Committee under the Chairmanship of the Prime Minister and a National Implementation Committee under the Finance Minister, to plan and take up commemorative programmes and projects at the national and international level. The National Committee has also advised the Ministry of Culture to support initiatives by different organizations to conduct appropriate commemorative programmes. The National Implementation Committee, thereafter, decided that the Ministry of Culture may launch a scheme and accordingly, the Ministry of Culture now launches the ‘Scheme of Financial Assistance for Cultural Programmes by Not-for-Profit Organizations to Commemorate 150 Years of Rabindranath Tagore’, known in short as the ‘Tagore Commemoration Grant Scheme’ (TCGS). The Scheme will assist and support the programmes related to appropriate and befitting commemoration of the multifaceted genius of Rabindranath Tagore and his enduring contributions. These may be through lectures, seminars, workshops, symposia, cultural shows, literary festivals, exhibitions, small documentary films and audio-video presentations, etc.

All eligible Not-for-Profit Organizations working for the promotion of art and culture and Universities (including University’s Centres and Institutions, but not University Departments, schools or colleges) are eligible to apply for this Grant. Central Government assistance is limited to 75% of the estimated cost of a proposal/programme, with a ceiling of Rs. 5 lakhs. The Scheme shall remain open till May 2012.

Applications can be sent to the Conveners of the 8 Zonal Tagore Commemoration Committees, with offices at Kolkata, Guwahati, Allahabad, Delhi, Chandigarh, Udaipur, Mumbai and Chennai. Experts will evaluate the proposals and their decision will be final.

All the details related to the Scheme as well as the Application Forms are available on the Website of the Ministry of Culture www.indiaculture.nic.in

Discussion on Libraries and the City

Imagine Paradise, like Jorge Luis Borges did, as some kind of library. And this sprawling Paradise of great big wooden shelves sky high that you have to manoeuvre like a silverfish trapped in bookspines. The Library Space is a realm of imagined realities, the space of lore and learning and shared knowledge, where you can roam free and be what you read. Ideas rippling with magical electricity, surprising you in explosive ways. A physical landscape and simultaneously an imagined one, of the mind but rendered with texture and organisation and meaning.

Do such spaces exist in great big cities like Delhi, where the quiet hum of a reading community can come together and access knowledge and gather to think? The library is now the bureaucratised machinery of catalogues and storage space. The lack of public libraries and libraries as public spaces proclaims an absence of a culture of an opening up of the library to the reader,the absence of a librarian who is not merely the taxonomist of dead cellulose, and the absence of books that are not only bought or owned, but savoured in circulation.

This Friday, the 10th of September, librarians, publishers, readers and book lovers to to reflect on the role of libraries as a site of public gathering and learning in the city.

Join us for an conservation with: Shuddhabrata Sengupta (Media practitioner, filmmaker, writer, and reader), Sikander Changezi (Founder of a community library in Old Delhi), Chiki Sarkar (Editor-in-chief of Random House India), Avinash Jha (Librarian, CSDS) , Cordelia Jenkins (Journalist at Mint), Anjana Chatthopadhyay (Director, Delhi Public Library), Sheeba Cchachi ( Installation artist, photographer, activist, and writer). Shuddhabrata Sengupta will chair the discussion. The discussion is organised by The Delhi Urban Platform.

Discussion on Libraries and the City

Imagine Paradise, like Jorge Luis Borges did, as some kind of library. And this sprawling Paradise of great big wooden shelves sky high that you have to manoeuvre like a silverfish trapped in bookspines. The Library Space is a realm of imagined realities, the space of lore and learning and shared knowledge, where you can roam free and be what you read. Ideas rippling with magical electricity, surprising you in explosive ways. A physical landscape and simultaneously an imagined one, of the mind but rendered with texture and organisation and meaning.

Do such spaces exist in great big cities like Delhi, where the quiet hum of a reading community can come together and access knowledge and gather to think? The library is now the bureaucratised machinery of catalogues and storage space. The lack of public libraries and libraries as public spaces proclaims an absence of a culture of an opening up of the library to the reader,the absence of a librarian who is not merely the taxonomist of dead cellulose, and the absence of books that are not only bought or owned, but savoured in circulation.

This Friday, the 10th of September, we invite librarians, publishers, readers and book lovers to to reflect on the role of libraries as a site of public gathering and learning in the city.

Join us for an conservation with: Shuddhabrata Sengupta (Media practitioner, filmmaker, writer, and reader), Sikander Changezi (Founder of a community library in Old Delhi), Chiki Sarkar (Editor-in-chief of Random House India), Avinash Jha (Librarian, CSDS) , Cordelia Jenkins (Journalist at Mint), Anjana Chatthopadhyay (Director, Delhi Public Library), Sheeba Cchachi ( Installation artist, photographer, activist, and writer). Shuddhabrata Sengupta will chair the discussion. The discussion is organised by The Delhi Urban Platform.

Discussion on Libraries and the City

Imagine Paradise, like Jorge Luis Borges did, as some kind of library. And this sprawling Paradise of great big wooden shelves sky high that you have to manoeuvre like a silverfish trapped in bookspines. The Library Space is a realm of imagined realities, the space of lore and learning and shared knowledge, where you can roam free and be what you read. Ideas rippling with magical electricity, surprising you in explosive ways. A physical landscape and simultaneously an imagined one, of the mind but rendered with texture and organisation and meaning.

Do such spaces exist in great big cities like Delhi, where the quiet hum of a reading community can come together and access knowledge and gather to think? The library is now the bureaucratised machinery of catalogues and storage space. The lack of public libraries and libraries as public spaces proclaims an absence of a culture of an opening up of the library to the reader,the absence of a librarian who is not merely the taxonomist of dead cellulose, and the absence of books that are not only bought or owned, but savoured in circulation.

This Friday, the 10th of September, we invite librarians, publishers, readers and book lovers to to reflect on the role of libraries as a site of public gathering and learning in the city.

Join us for an conservation with: Shuddhabrata Sengupta (Media practitioner, filmmaker, writer, and reader), Sikander Changezi (Founder of a community library in Old Delhi), Chiki Sarkar (Editor-in-chief of Random House India), Avinash Jha (Librarian, CSDS) , Cordelia Jenkins (Journalist at Mint), Anjana Chatthopadhyay (Director, Delhi Public Library), Sheeba Cchachi ( Installation artist, photographer, activist, and writer). Shuddhabrata Sengupta will chair the discussion. The discussion is organised by The Delhi Urban Platform.

Maulana Azad National Fellowship for Minority Students’ Finalized

The process of selection of candidates for the ‘Maulana Azad National Fellowship for Minority Students’ has been finalized for the year 2009-10. Under it out of 756 scholarships, candidates for 755 have been selected. ‘Maulana Azad National Fellowship for Minority Students’ is a scheme launched by the Ministry of Minority Affairs during last Financial Year for research studies leading to regular and full time M.Phil and Ph.D. courses. University Grants Commission (UGC) is the Nodal Agency for implementing this scheme and an amount of Rs. 14.90 crore has been placed at its disposal by the Ministry for award of fellowships for the year 2009-10.

The community wise distribution of the fellowships granted for the year 2009-10 is as follows:

Muslims- 539; Christians- 101; Sikhs- 80; Buddhist- 34; Parsis- 1.

The list of selected candidates is available on the official website of the Ministry of Minority Affairs and UGC. The objective of the Scheme is to provide fellowships in the form of financial assistance to students from five notified minority communities viz. Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and Parsi. UGC will select afresh 756 candidates for award of fellowships for the year 2010-11 for which advertisements would be released shortly. A provision of Rs. 30 crore has been made in the Budget for the year 2010-11 for this Scheme.

Maulana Azad National Fellowship for Minority Students’ Finalized

The process of selection of candidates for the ‘Maulana Azad National Fellowship for Minority Students’ has been finalized for the year 2009-10. Under it out of 756 scholarships, candidates for 755 have been selected. ‘Maulana Azad National Fellowship for Minority Students’ is a scheme launched by the Ministry of Minority Affairs during last Financial Year for research studies leading to regular and full time M.Phil and Ph.D. courses. University Grants Commission (UGC) is the Nodal Agency for implementing this scheme and an amount of Rs. 14.90 crore has been placed at its disposal by the Ministry for award of fellowships for the year 2009-10.

The community wise distribution of the fellowships granted for the year 2009-10 is as follows:

Muslims- 539; Christians- 101; Sikhs- 80; Buddhist- 34; Parsis- 1.

The list of selected candidates is available on the official website of the Ministry of Minority Affairs and UGC. The objective of the Scheme is to provide fellowships in the form of financial assistance to students from five notified minority communities viz. Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist and Parsi. UGC will select afresh 756 candidates for award of fellowships for the year 2010-11 for which advertisements would be released shortly. A provision of Rs. 30 crore has been made in the Budget for the year 2010-11 for this Scheme.

Maulana Azad National Fellowship for Minority Students’ Finalized

Ramanaidu gets Dada Saheb Phalke Award

The Legendary and veteran film producer from Andhra Pradesh, Dr. D. Ramanaidu has been conferred the Dada Saheb Phalke Award for the year 2009. The award is conferred by the Government of India for outstanding contribution in the field of Indian Cinema. The award consists of a Swarn Kamal, a cash prize of Rs.10 lakhs and a shawl. The award is given on the basis of recommendations of a Committee of eminent persons. The award will be given at the National Films Awards Function scheduled to be held in October this year.

Born in Karamchedu in Prakasam District of Andhra Pradesh in 1936, Dr. Ramanaidu entered the film world in 1963 with his first film ‘Anuragam’, followed by the super hit film ‘Ramudu-Bheemudu’ starring NTR in 1964. Over the last 47 years, he has been a prolific producer of over 130 films in several Indian languages and finds mention in the Guinness Book of Records.

Apart from Telugu films, he has the distinction of producing movies in Hindi, Bengali, Oriya, Assamese, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Gujarati, Marathi and Bhojpuri. Dr. Ramanaidu has won various laurels for his films. His film, “Surigadu” was selected for the Indian Panorama in 1993. “Asukh”, a Bengali film won the National Award for the Best Film in 1999. Apart from this, the films of the veteran artist have been honoured with several awards from the Andhra Pradesh Government.

The galaxy of artistes who have worked in his films include N T Rama Rao, A. Nageswara Rao, Sivaji Ganesan, Pandari Bai, Jamuna, Padmini, Sobhan Babu, Kamal Haasan, Jayaprada, Chiranjeevi, Rajnikanth, Rajesh Khanna, Hema Malini, Rekha, Jeetendra and Sreedevi.

Dr. Ramanaidu has built an envious track record in the film world for having introduced numerous film directors as well as artistes and technicians. A few well known artistes introduced by him include Venkatesh, Harish, Vanisri, Aryan Rajesh, Tabu, Khushboo, Allari Naresh and Malasree.

Some of the well-known films produced by Dr. Ramanaidu in various languages include:

Hindi : ‘Premanagar, ‘Dildar’, ‘Bandish’,

Telugu : ‘Premanagar, ’Srikrishna Tulabharam’, ‘Preminchu’ ‘Ramudu Bheemudu’, ‘Bobbili Raja’, ‘Ahana Pellanta’, ‘Andhra Vaibhavam’, ‘Kathanayakudu’

Bengali: ‘Asukh’, ‘Sudhu Ekbar Bolo’

Kannada : ‘Maduve Agona Baa’, ‘Thavarumane Udugore’

Tamil: ‘Vasantha Maligai’, ‘Thiru Mangalam’, ‘Thannikattu Raja’

Oriya: ‘Dharma Devatha’

Assamese: ‘Maina Mor Dhuniya’

Malayalam: ‘Ashwaroodhan’

Marathi: ‘Mazi Aai’

Bhojpuri: ‘Shiva’

Dr. Ramanaidu has also produced a film titled ‘Hamari Beti’ in Hindi which focuses on how handicapped people can lead a normal life and achieve their goals. The protagonist in the film is a girl who is severely handicapped in real life. This film has been screened in International Film Festivals like Chicago and Venice.

Apart from the above, Dr Ramanaidu has set up studios, recording, preview and dubbing theatres and laboratories in Hyderabad and Vishakapatnam. During his entire career span, Dr. Ramanaidu has been associated with every aspect of film making, thereby delivering a bouquet of entertaining films to the people.

Ramanaidu gets Dada Saheb Phalke Award

The Legendary and veteran film producer from Andhra Pradesh, Dr. D. Ramanaidu has been conferred the Dada Saheb Phalke Award for the year 2009. The award is conferred by the Government of India for outstanding contribution in the field of Indian Cinema. The award consists of a Swarn Kamal, a cash prize of Rs.10 lakhs and a shawl. The award is given on the basis of recommendations of a Committee of eminent persons. The award will be given at the National Films Awards Function scheduled to be held in October this year.

Born in Karamchedu in Prakasam District of Andhra Pradesh in 1936, Dr. Ramanaidu entered the film world in 1963 with his first film ‘Anuragam’, followed by the super hit film ‘Ramudu-Bheemudu’ starring NTR in 1964. Over the last 47 years, he has been a prolific producer of over 130 films in several Indian languages and finds mention in the Guinness Book of Records.

Apart from Telugu films, he has the distinction of producing movies in Hindi, Bengali, Oriya, Assamese, Malayalam, Tamil, Kannada, Gujarati, Marathi and Bhojpuri. Dr. Ramanaidu has won various laurels for his films. His film, “Surigadu” was selected for the Indian Panorama in 1993. “Asukh”, a Bengali film won the National Award for the Best Film in 1999. Apart from this, the films of the veteran artist have been honoured with several awards from the Andhra Pradesh Government.

The galaxy of artistes who have worked in his films include N T Rama Rao, A. Nageswara Rao, Sivaji Ganesan, Pandari Bai, Jamuna, Padmini, Sobhan Babu, Kamal Haasan, Jayaprada, Chiranjeevi, Rajnikanth, Rajesh Khanna, Hema Malini, Rekha, Jeetendra and Sreedevi.

Dr. Ramanaidu has built an envious track record in the film world for having introduced numerous film directors as well as artistes and technicians. A few well known artistes introduced by him include Venkatesh, Harish, Vanisri, Aryan Rajesh, Tabu, Khushboo, Allari Naresh and Malasree.

Some of the well-known films produced by Dr. Ramanaidu in various languages include:

Hindi : ‘Premanagar, ‘Dildar’, ‘Bandish’,

Telugu : ‘Premanagar, ’Srikrishna Tulabharam’, ‘Preminchu’ ‘Ramudu Bheemudu’, ‘Bobbili Raja’, ‘Ahana Pellanta’, ‘Andhra Vaibhavam’, ‘Kathanayakudu’

Bengali: ‘Asukh’, ‘Sudhu Ekbar Bolo’

Kannada : ‘Maduve Agona Baa’, ‘Thavarumane Udugore’

Tamil: ‘Vasantha Maligai’, ‘Thiru Mangalam’, ‘Thannikattu Raja’

Oriya: ‘Dharma Devatha’

Assamese: ‘Maina Mor Dhuniya’

Malayalam: ‘Ashwaroodhan’

Marathi: ‘Mazi Aai’

Bhojpuri: ‘Shiva’

Dr. Ramanaidu has also produced a film titled ‘Hamari Beti’ in Hindi which focuses on how handicapped people can lead a normal life and achieve their goals. The protagonist in the film is a girl who is severely handicapped in real life. This film has been screened in International Film Festivals like Chicago and Venice.

Apart from the above, Dr Ramanaidu has set up studios, recording, preview and dubbing theatres and laboratories in Hyderabad and Vishakapatnam. During his entire career span, Dr. Ramanaidu has been associated with every aspect of film making, thereby delivering a bouquet of entertaining films to the people.

Discussion on Libraries and the City

Imagine Paradise, like Jorge Luis Borges did, as some kind of library. And this sprawling Paradise of great big wooden shelves sky high that you have to manoeuvre like a silverfish trapped in bookspines. The Library Space is a realm of imagined realities, the space of lore and learning and shared knowledge, where you can roam free and be what you read. Ideas rippling with magical electricity, surprising you in explosive ways. A physical landscape and simultaneously an imagined one, of the mind but rendered with texture and organisation and meaning.

Do such spaces exist in great big cities like Delhi, where the quiet hum of a reading community can come together and access knowledge and gather to think? The library is now the bureaucratised machinery of catalogues and storage space. The lack of public libraries and libraries as public spaces proclaims an absence of a culture of an opening up of the library to the reader,the absence of a librarian who is not merely the taxonomist of dead cellulose, and the absence of books that are not only bought or owned, but savoured in circulation.

This Friday, the 10th of September, librarians, publishers, readers and book lovers can join the discussion to reflect on the role of libraries as a site of public gathering and learning in the city.

Join us for an conservation with: Shuddhabrata Sengupta (Media practitioner, filmmaker, writer, and reader), Sikander Changezi (Founder of a community library in Old Delhi), Chiki Sarkar (Editor-in-chief of Random House India), Avinash Jha (Librarian, CSDS) , Cordelia Jenkins (Journalist at Mint), Anjana Chatthopadhyay (Director, Delhi Public Library), Sheeba Cchachi ( Installation artist, photographer, activist, and writer). Shuddhabrata Sengupta will chair the discussion. The discussion is organised by The Delhi Urban Platform.

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