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New York (AirGuide - Destination News Asia / Pacific) Jun 3, 2013

Indian Summer Mela finds its way to Rome The foundation FIND (India-Europe Foundation of New Dialogues) is the evolution and transformation of the Harsharan Foundation, established in 1969 at the behest of the French musicologist and Indologist Alain Danielou. His long stay in India started in 1932, and meetings with writers, artists, philosophers, poets, and intellectuals including the great Rabindranath Tagore, made of Danielou "a European citizen who has incorporated the Indian civilization in its essence," and provided him with the belief that education in respect for diversity and dialogue among cultures is the only way forward for humanity. Today, as never before, the relationship between a Europe in deep crisis and a growing India has become ever more important, and a dialogue focused on the comparison of a humanistic stamp based on culture and art, provides a basis for a perspective of common progress not to be postponed. FIND moves on this ground, which deals with different disciplines such as music, photography, art, dance, literature, academic dialogues, and meetings between journalists, and creates opportunities for collaboration for artists and researchers of different nationalities, with seminars, events, projects research, courses, and residency programs in order to promote the artistic and cultural exchange between India and the European countries. To celebrate the new proceeding of the Harsharan Foundation that from this current year will become the OIndia-Europe Foundation of New Dialogues,O FIND will be celebrated with a Summer Lea or a great summer party (in the style of the colorful Indian celebration for the coming of the seasons), between Rome and Zagarolo which will start on June 21 on the occasion of the day of the solstice coinciding with the World Music Day. This will be a week-long celebration from June 21 to 29. There will be a gala dinner, an institutional dinner by invitation only, on June 21 at the Hotel de Russie in Rome. Among the guests will be the Indian Minister for Human Resources Shashi Tharoor, the new Indian Ambassador to Italy Basant Kumar Gupta, Director Shekhar Kapur, Sociologist Ashis Nandy, Novelist Tarun Tejpal, Artists Sudoph Gupta and Bharti Kher, Novelist Dileep Padgaonkar, Composer Jan Claude Eloy, Reporter and Director of APP Shoma Chaudhury, Psychoanalyst and Novelist Sudhir Kakar, the Publisher of the magazine Seminar Malvika Singh, curator of the Alkazi-Rahaab Allana Foundation, Journalist from INDIA TODAY Swaminathan Kalidas, Director of ICCR Suresh Goel, 2 mecenatiMuzaffar and Maharaja Gaj Singh and Kotwara of Ali, Director of the Smithsonian Folkways Rec Atesh Sonneborn, Director of the Musee Guimet in Paris Olivier de Bernon, Director of the Ethnological Museum in Berlin Lars Koch, Director of the Elysee Museum in Lausanne Sam Stourdze, Director of Casa de la Inda Valladolid Guillermo Rodriguez, Ia Independent Journalist Isabella Thomas, Director of the Museum of Music of Barcelona Rome Escalas, Director of the Foundation Chose Nicola Sani, Director of IISMC the Giorgio Cini Foundation John Jury, President of the Lazio Region Zingaretti, President of the MAXXI Giovanna Melandri, President of the Italy-India Mr. Sandro Gozi, Diplomat and Author Roberto Toscano, and other distinguished members of Italian and Indian institutions. PROGRAM JUNE 22 1100-1700 hours Shiva and Dionysus - Solstice Festival - Zagarolo FIND Opening Ceremony (by invitation only) [ETH] Villa The Labyrinth [ETH] Alain Danielou Centre 1300 hours Duo Rafael & Victor Aguirre Tribute to Palestrina, instrumental transcriptions and conceptual vision in contemporary music Program: Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, Choral Selections Arvo Part, Fratres 1730-2100 hours Homage to Alain Danielou- (free entry) - Palazzo Rospigliosi, Roma - India 1935-55 exhibition, photographs by Alain Danielou and Raymond Burnier - Music from the Island of Crete, concert of the great Greek composer Psarantonis (1800 hours) Program: Faragi (Canyon), Rizitiko (traditional Cretan music of the highlands), Tarahi (riot), near Trieste, Pentozalis, Pidichtos, Chaniotiko Sirto, Malebiziotis (traditional music for dance), Dias (Zeus), Petroperdika (partridge), Tigris (Tiger), Choros ton Kouriton (dance Kourites) Performance of Kathakali dance-drama from Kerala Academy of Sadhanam Bhasmasura Vadham - The Lord Shiva Choreographed by Sadanam Harikumar JUNE 23-24 The Body - Conference (participation on booking) Villa Labyrinth, Alain Danielou Centre - Zagarolo History, Politics, Health and Mortality. Indian and Western Perspectives. The program aims to analyze issues related to nutrition and health, such as AIDS, obesity, chronic illness, aging of the population, or the re-emergence of diseases such as malaria and tuberculosis still alive in the twenty-first century. The conference will address these issues from different disciplinary perspectives in order to identify policies for resolving practical and cognitive dilemmas relating to the health and well-being which afflict contemporary societies. JUNE 25 1800 hours MAXXI Finds INDIA Meeting with the artists Subodh Gupta and Bharti Kher, moderator Malvika Singh 2000 hours Tribute to Ravi Shankar: Concert of Indian classical music with Ustad Sageer Khan, Rashmi Bhatt and sitar, tabla (SPACE YAP square outside the museum) The event opens IN-DIALOGUE, format of a -year collaboration between FIND and MAXXI in its first edition, and the concert opens the large installation HE! Study BAM, winner of the 2013 YAP MAXXI, the program dedicated to young architects in partnership with MoMA and PS1 in New York. JUNE 26-29 Continue the residences of artists with meetings still to be defined Residency program FIND: The residency programs will involve, in the coming years, figures from the cultural world of Indian established or emerging musicians, choreographers, intellectuals, photographers, writers, journalists, dancers, artists. Residents, 2013: Swaminathan Kalidas, Musicologist and Director of Swaminathan, Delhi; Tarun Tejpal, Author and Editor of Tehelka, Delhi; Malvika Singh, Editor of Seminar, Delhi; Shoma Chaudhury, Journalist, Delhi; Subodh Gupta, Artist, New Delhi; Bharti Kher, Artist, New Delhi More info: Jun 2, 2013

Sri Lanka elephant lives up to his Rambo name I first set eyes on Rambo in the early 1990s when I started visiting the Uda Walawe National Park. He was a young male elephant at that time, with a very calm demeanor. He had a very unique identifiable feature, where his right ear was torn in several places towards the edge. He must have been around 20-25 years at that time and was just beginning to show the characteristic pigmentation of mature elephants along the front of his trunk and ears. Subsequently, Rambo discovered that coming up to the electric fence along the Thanamalwila Road and soliciting food from passers-by was a very rewarding exercise. He was, in fact, one of the first elephants who started this habit of coming to the electric fence. Many passing vehicles used to stop and feed him with juicy tidbits such as watermelon, bananas, and sugar cane. He always paid respect to the electric fence, and never ever did try to break out. (The fence is really a psychological barrier because a full-grown elephant can easily knock over the fence, especially during the daytime when there is no electric current powering the fence.) As time went by, many other elephants learned this behavior from Rambo. Being intelligent animals, this type of copying behavior is quite prevalent in elephants. A few years back, there were some 18 or more regulars along the Thanamalwila Road electric fence. It was always the males who loitered around, since females in herds are wary of taking such risks. I did some casual, visual observations during this time, and found that there were about 10-12 adult males, including Rambo, and that the rest were young adolescent males who were learning the ropes. There was very strict territorial and hierarchical behavior that was evident. The adults had carved out their own stretches of the fence, which they patroled, while a few of them had the adolescent apprentices tagging along behind them. Although, I do not condone feeding these elephants, one day I bought some bananas to undertake an experiment to check out their behavior. The males were very protective of their territory, grabbing all the bananas being thrown into their domain, while the adolescents were forced to wait patiently behind the adults, who always had the first pick. Try as much as I did, I could not feed one adolescent directly, since the adults would immediately chase it away. One or two sharp young fellows did, however, manage to sneak in and get a morsel or two. Sri LankaOs foremost elephant researcher, Dr. Prithiviraj Fernando, told me that if the elephants were really looking for food, they would have breached the electric fence long ago. His assessment was that they were having enough to eat inside the park and coming for their dessert to the electric fence. So perhaps the elephants knew a good thing going and were very careful to maintain the status quo without breaking down the fence. There were many debates and controversies about this activity, and there were even some suggestions, that if it were properly controlled, this would be a good tourist attraction. However, all this changed about a year ago, when the wildlife authorities realized that they could not properly enforce the no-feeding rule along the Thanamalwila roadside, and erected a second electric fence behind the existing one. A large amount of money was spent on this second deterrent barrier last year, which extends from the end of the reservoir bund, right up to the corner of the park boundary on the Thanamalwila Road around 25th km post. This has proven to be quite successful, and today there are no elephants...

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