Monthly Archives: January 2011

Fifteen Nations…. Thirty five champions… thirty five different projects…six days… one COMMON Goal … and one biodiversity hotspot of the world…!!!

By Akanksha Gulia, International Climate Champion, India  

That describes all about the 3rd Annual International Climate Champions Camp, Goa! International Climate Champions from Bangladesh, Finland, India, Ireland, Japan, Maldives, Nepal, Northern Ireland, Norway, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Sweden, Uganda, United Kingdom, and the United States met at Goa from 15th January to 21st January 2011 to gain understanding about impacts of climate change on the diverse landscape of the area and to find the practical solutions to curb or treat the effects to save beautiful Goa – also known as the ‘Tropical Paradise’. Goa, the land of golden beaches, tucked away between the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea is under legal protection in the form of four wildlife sanctuaries and one national park. But the fast growing socio-economic development and activities like mining, tourism, fisheries and other small scale industries has led to fast degradation of the delicate coastal, marine and terrestrial ecosystems in Goa. Thus the objective of champions from this camp was to address people from all strata of society – from residents of Goa to government to policy makers to national and international organizations with a declaration to take effective measures to save flora and fauna of Goa.

Six days spent in the camp, the champions underwent different activities: field trips to Wildernest, SESA Goa Mining site and reclamation site, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Cambarjua Canal, Mollhem National Park; interactive sessions with eminent scientists, researchers , policymakers; visiting National Institute of Oceanography, Goa Science Centre and Goa University and understanding the cultural heritage of the state tasting delicacies of Goa, listening to portugese music and viewing the miseries of forests through a street play performed by native students of Goa. Sharing a review of Goa Declaration, champions focused on five aspects, namely – Biodiversity, Mining, Eco-tourism, Oceans and Coastal Ecosystems and Education and Media. Following are the points:

  • Protection of ecosystems with high levels of endemism and no encroachment of inhabitants into Western Ghats. 
  • Geographical restriction, community engagement and Environment Impact Assessment to limit mining. 
  • Promoting Ecotourism to the level of understanding of the ecosystems of the area. 
  • Regulation of exploitation of water resources and coastal habitation. 
  • Involvement of local people in conservation through practical field work and spreading the message via mediums of communication.

To conclude, I will say “A LIFETIME EXPERIENCE”!!!!!

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End of one and a beginning to another!

20 January 2011

By Joanne Kotalawala, International Climate Champion, Srilanka

Day 6 of the ICC International Camp in Goa, many are filled with mixed emotions today as it is the final day of activities of the camp. Once again we begin the day early and head in to the coach for a somewhat different field-trip. Today we will explore nature by boat. We are heading out to visit the mangrove eco-systems of Goa and we were also visiting Cambarjua Canal, where we hoped to sight crocodiles, who are the keystone species in the mangrove ecosystem of Goa. We were privileged to be in the presence of Dr.Untawale and Dr. Borekar who are experts in these fields and were able to give us a great deal of information on these. We first visited the Mangrove ecosystems, where we first sited the white egrets dotting the green background of mangroves. Here we were able to observe the unique structural and biological nature of growth of the mangrove species. En route to the Cambarjua canal we made a stop at the Dr.Salim Ali Bird sanctuary, which is located along the edge of the mangrove forest. Along the way we observed birds such as Kingfisher, Eagle etc. Then it was a smooth ride to the Cambarjua canal, it did not take too much time to spot a crocodile (Crocodylus palustris) quietly basking in the muddy waters on the banks of the mangroves. It was truly amazing to observe a crocodile in its natural habitat. From here we headed back to ICG, where the groups made the final additions to the Goa declaration and prepared for their sessions with Sam Harvery, Director British Council, West India and also with David Viner, Head Climate programme, British Council, London. After this it was time for a lovely dinner, overlooking the beautiful beach of Goa.

By Abhishek Acharyya, International Climate Champion, India

When I touched down at the Kolkata Airport I ended a phenomenal journey which started from the same place a week back. In the last 7 days. I have learnt so much not just about the environemnetal isssues but about many more things. About life in different parts of the world, about environmental problems in different parts of the world. Also how they are tackling those. These 7 days of my life have been one of the best days of my life. There were many first in life in these 7 days. From flying to a live video conference and more. Even though I live so close to the Sunderbans I have never been able to go there. But thanks to British Council I have seen how estaurines ecosystem work. I think I should not write a lot about what happened when as it will take ages to explain and my climate buddies have already written about it.

But I would like to thank British Council for organising such a wonderful camp for all of us. In this world spinning out of control due to selfishness and conflicts we the young people of the world came together and worked for the same goal ‘a better future’. We may live thousands of miles, separated by seas, oceans and un- erasable lines. We might speak different languages, we may belong to different religions but we are one – we are Climate Champions. We are doing different kinds of works and in all these works I have a strong belief that we will contribute to a better world in the future.

The journey now we will begin will decide whether we will get to live in this world as humans, whether our young cousins will get to play in those fields where we used to play when we were young. Whether we will restore the dignity of our Mother Earth. And whether we will give the helm of affair of a better world to the coming gerenation. I wish you all a very best of luck and I strongly believe that we with our youth power will find answers to these questions.

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“Lizards of the sea” with “Horns of cattle in the mouth”

19th Jan 2011

By Abhishek Acharyya, International Climate Champion, India

Do you want to Know about the “Lizards of the sea” with “Horns of cattle in the mouth” or “Solar powered, Pulse stabilizer and tidal subsidizer”. If yes read on. It’s the 5th day of the 3rd International Camp of ICCs at Goa. Today we had a tight packed schedule first we had presentations by some of the Climate Champions. I gave a brief presentation on the Children’s Day event we organised at the Victoria Memorial, Kolkata and the special camp where I went to our neighbouring village. Then there was a lecture on the Forests of Goa by Shashi Kumar, followed by another educative session with Parag A. Rangnekar on butterflies of Goa. Some of us including me also bought a book by him on the same topic. After a brief break we had another round of presentation by other Climate Champions. Then Mr. Ajay Gramopadhye, a passionate wildlife photographer, environmentalist and our guide at the camp showed us some of the best wildlife pictures I’ve ever seen. Here I would also like to mention the kind of creative work our climate buddies Shenaz from Maldives have shown us of his country. It is sad that such a beautiful country like theirs will get wiped off the face of the earth if we don’t start solving our problems rather than creating more. Sunita our Climate Champion from Nepal showed us a documentary  she is working on, though half finished, it was very good. It is about the effects of climate change on women . It is true that climate change affects women in a much more profound way than men. We also had a great session with Dr. Untawale , who is always with us and is so  helpful solving all of ours queries all the time. He explained to us about mangroves today which filled in a lot of gaps in my knowledge. Finally two professors form the nearby Goa University told us about the botany and zoology of Goa, sealing in all the small gaps which might have been there. And they told us how mangrove and other ecosystem acts as the thing I wrote in the intro and how Portuguese described Crocodiles in Goa. But before we left for Old Goa, we had a lecture to catch by Ramesh Kumar, from NIO. He told us about the Monsoon and Climate Change. And answered all the left over questions which I had.

Finally we went to Old Goa and Panaji. There we went to a very old home. Being a History student it was the icing on the cake which thanks to British Council and especially to Sharlene I could eat. Therefore summing it up I guess it was the best day till now but I think I should say that yet as every time I say that British Council does something better. So I am eagerly waiting for tomorrow.

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Baghvan Mahaveer Wildlife Sanctuary

18/01/2011

By Godwin, International Climate Champion, India
The Dry Evergreen and Semi Deciduous Forests still stand magnificently on the slopes of this part of the Western Ghats. The forests resembled a familiar structure of an upper canopy interlaced by several bird calls and streaks of colors formed by energetic birds evading eyes. The calls of the Malabar grey Hornbill Lower down, climbers, lianas, wild pepper, creepers, epiphytes and interactions such as the strangler figs on host trees were inter-spaced in the forests. Having re-charged themselves in the morning sun the variety of butterflies were out in hundreds congregating at shrubs and stream beds; appearing around us like fantastic happy forms fluttering all around. Concluding on one of the highlights of the forest at this period was the flowering of a plant belonging to a very special genii. Srobilanthes plants occur all over the Wesster Ghats and different species occur according to the diversity of the landscape. The strobilanthes plants flower only once in given period of time, which could range from 4 years to 24 years. If they flower whole masses of characteristically tubular shaped flowers colored usually in white, blue, lilac and even yellow. We were all very fortunate to witness the Strobilanthes sp. plants in flower. The flowering period of this particular species is not known though, however it is thought that haphazard flowering of these plants nowadays are an effect of climate change. Since the plants shrivel up and die once they have commenced flowering such changes put these unique and endangered plants in even more danger.

By A H Tehzeeb, International Climate Champion, Bangladesh
Today we had to start early as we were going to Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary which is almost like a dense forest. Experience of walking through the forest was really intense. We have witnessed quite some varieties of butterflies, different types of trees, also we learnt about the four types of forests in Goa. Then we went to the Goa zoo and witnessed different animals and their life style. We learnt about the breeding of animals in zoo that are in the danger of extinction.

Also how temperature of snake cages are kept normal, tolerable and also regarding their food habit. At late night we had a session about the situation of Antarctica due to climate change and also the condition of the species over there.

By Bipashyee Ghosh, International Climate Champion, India
It was about 10 o’clock in the morning that we reached the Bhagavan Mahaveer Wildlife sanctuary. The sight of the dense forest at a glance a very soothing and a gave great peace for our minds. As we proceeded through the forest, the variety of Flora of the mixed deciduous forest attracted me the most. We witnessed the deciduous varieties of Eupetorium, Crocodile Bark tree, The Naked lady etc- each with unique characteristics well described to us by the expert. Specially, witnessing the Western Ghats strobilenthes plants flowering was a rare opportunity for us. Among the fauna, we came to know about the Malabar Hornbills, Golden Backed Woodpicker, the Crested serpent Eagle, sunbirds etc, unique to this region. We got the chance to recognise various bird species through call,and a few rare moments to see them on flight. But the Butterfly conglomeration was a golden moment to witness, adding to the study of different species of Butterflies here in Western ghats. The trekking headed to a beautiful waterfall in the forests and ended by visiting a 700years old Tambri Surla Temple, right within the forest.
 
By Sikander Sabeer, International Climate Champion, Srilanka
After an inspiring day at the  National Institute of Oceanography and Goa Science Center , ICC’s were ready to enjoy an another productive and joyful day. After the breakfast we left to Tambli Surla Sanctuary. We enjoyed elegant and pure nature during the nature trail and observed different species/kinds of butterflies. 

First time in my life I saw a migrating butterfly colony gathered at a small place to enjoy the warmth of Goa. It was evident the importance of Goa in terms of biodiversity. We enjoyed the water flow of the stream, which passes through the forest, observed different kinds of butterflies, fish and insects. Though we didn’t forget to release our warmness of the body  by the cold and pure running stream. We didn’t  forget to visit the Hindu temple located in the sanctuary.

After the lunch we visited the Bondla zoological garden and  were able to refresh our knowledge on in-situ conservation. Later  headed to ICG. Had our dinner at the the usual spice restaurant and got ready for the reflection session, a suprise lecture was organized on Antarctic and climate change, Mr Deleep Deobagkar shared his experiences and latest research on Antarctic, the group reflection session took place before switching off lights for the day.

 


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Colva

17/1/2011
By Preeti, International Climate Champion, India  and Madeline, International Climate Champion, USA

Our visits today:

The National Institute of Oceanography 

  1. Scientific proof of sea level rise needs to be communicated concisely and clearly to the general public, so that people realize that climate change is real and happening.
  2. In the presentation we wish that the topic of how climate change affects specific weather events in India, such as the Monsoon, was covered. 

University of Goa

  1. The teachers’ refresher course on climate change was a good concept. We hope that such courses are more frequent and wide spread, so that teachers are motivated to spread the message of the urgency.
  2. We desire that climate change science be made compulsory in school curriculum in the future.

Goa Science Center

  1. Promotion of cartoons to convey the importance of climate change to a diverse audience through mediums such as newspaper competitions, billboards, etc. 
  2. Exhibition of the British Council cartoons in other venues like slums, schools, and libraries would increase awareness.  

Anjuna Beach

  1. High pollution levels could be prevented by having presentations on the rich benthic biodiversity of the area for visiting tourists.  

By A H Tehzeeb, International Climate Champion, Bangladesh

Today we visited National Institute for Oceanography (NIO) and Goa Science centre. We really liked both the places. In NIO, we learnt lots of stuff regarding ocean and climate change. And in the Goa Science Centre, we have seen several scientific interesting projects. Also we witnessed quite a number of wonderful cartoons at Goa Science Centre about climate change. Then we went for a river cruise, which was really fun with all the entertainment. Like other days today ended with the review of what we have done throughout the day.

By Md. Muhib Kabir, International Climate Champion, Bangladesh

We  have passed our 3rd day in the camp. We went to the National Institute of Oceanography where we learned about the ocean science, impacts of climate change in ocean biodiversity and a lot more. Dr. Unnikrishnan took a session on sea level rising. He shared his knowledge with us, answered our questions. We were shocked to know that the net sea level raise of Diamond Harbor is 5.74 mm/yr. Land subsidence is the this area compared with other areas. After lunch we visited the Goa University where we learnt about how they are disseminating knowledge about environment, climate change to the teachers from different institutes. From the Goa University we went to the Goa Science Ccenter (GSC). We found the place very interesting. Theory of basic science was shown at GSC. Then we attended a cartoon exhibition there. The competition was arranged by British Council all over India. We found it more effective to raise awareness among the people. We watched a movie on climate change there. We went to a rocky beach where we learned about the effects of Climate Change on the marine Biodiversity. From GSC we went on a  river cruise, which was really enjoyable. We had great fun there. We returned back to ICG around 8.30 pm and had our dinner. After dinner we had our day’s reflection session where we made a chart highlighting the relation with climate change from the places we visited and supplied suggestions. That was end of the 3rd day of the camp.

By Joanne Kotalawala, International Climate Champion, Srilanka

Today was a more relaxed day and we started off at 9.30am which was late compared to our previous day’s schedule. Our first visit was to the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), which was just a short drive from the International Center, Goa (ICG).  At NIO the enthusiastic group of scientists eagerly shared with us the aspects of how the weather and monsoons are affected by ocean currents. They also shared with us how unusual phenomena have affected the weather conditions in the past (eg- El Nino) and the how these phenomena have impacted marine eco-systems. We then reported back to ICG where we were able to relax for awhile.
After lunch, we boarded the coach once again to visit Anjunam beach, where an NIO scientist was waiting to explain their research methods on benthic organisms. We were also privileged to observe gastropods which are commonly found in the area. From Anjunam beach we headed in to the Goa city to enjoy a cruise on the Mandovi river. Although the sunset cruise was missed, we were still able to enjoy the cruise on the lifeline of Goa, the Mandovi river. And thus ended Day 3 of the International Climate Champions Camp in Goa.


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Natures Treasures

16 January 2011
By Mark Bessen, International Climate Champion, USA 

Today was our first day of field trips at the Climate Camp in Goa. We started out driving to WilderNest, a nature preserve in the hills of Goa. On the drive there, we passed lush countrysides and lovely flowing rivers. Upon arrival at WilderNest, our first view was of a breathtaking waterfall. We then hiked around the preserve, observing the natural Goan flora and fauna, including a Green Vine Snake and a venomous Pit Viper.  WilderNest is fascinating in its role as a biodiversity hotspot, composed of three mail regions: West Coast Tropical Evergreen Forests, West Coast Semi-Evergreen Forests, and Moist Deciduous Forests. 

From WilderNest we drove to an iron-mining site called Sesa Goa. The visit emphasized the efforts that Sesa Goa has made to reclaim devastated territory destroyed in the process of mining. The visit evoked mixed emotions in me. On one hand, it’s great that they are making some effort to minimize the impacts of mining. However, mining in and of itself is contaminating soils, polluting the air, and dramatically affecting the biodiversity of the region. Yes, Sesa Goa’s efforts are noble.  But change needs to be made with regard to international dependence on mining.  Witnessing the open pit style mine at Sesa Goa opened my eyes to one of the most concrete effects of humanity on the environment.

By A H Tehzeeb, International Climate Champion, Bangladesh 



We have passed the second day in Goa.This was really an interesting day with the morning session in the wilderness and afternoon in the mining pit. Then in the evening we went to the beach and had tons of fun over there. We also played a local versus ICC beach football match. At noon we had a session about music. I really liked that part in the wilderness. The place is really beautiful with so much artistic views and the research that is conducted there was really diverse. We have also seen a waste treatment plant. We have seen different types of species over there and how proper documentation are maintained to preserve the history of these species. Though mining reclamation in SESA Goa was interesting, most of us felt that we were shown only the positive parts of mining. How the local community is affected by mining was not shown to us. At the end, we had a discussion session about the progress of the whole day.

By Chathurangi De Silva, International Climate Champion, Srilanka

The first full day at camp started off with a bit of adventure. We boarded the buses after an early breakfast and headed off to Wildernest which was about two and a half hour drive from the International Centre. On the way we stopped at a dam close by, and were given an insight into the use of water/ rain fall etc. at Goa. After reaching Wildernest, we met Mr. Nirmal Kulkani who was a real wildlife enthusiast and we had the opportunity of having a closer look at Green Whip Snake and Malabar Pit Viper which turned out to be an interesting site for most of us. After that we made our way to the Sesa Goa Sanquelim mine and Reclamation Site. Here we saw the most amazing structure made out of pure bamboo. We had a lecture plus interaction session with Mr. Mahesh Patil followed by a scrumptious lunch as always. We were then taken to visit a herbal park and an active mining site as well.
Afterwards we headed back to ICG, where we had the most interesting session on ‘Spreading climate awareness through media and music’ by Mr. Chinmaya Dunster. After listening to some wonderful music and a truly unique experience on different ways in which we can influence people on the importance of climate change, the day ended with the much awaited buffet dinner followed by a short reflection session.

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A Great Green Start!

15 January 2011

The International Centre Goa (ICG) was abuzz with Climate Champions arriving from all over the world. Setting the scene was an orientation into the programme and the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of the camp. This was followed by a fun icebreaker where the group, many of whom were meeting for the first time got to know each other and their projects a little better. On a green note, each one in the group planted a sapling symbolizing the start of the camp. The formal inauguration which began at 7.00 in the evening was graced by the presence and encouraging words of Ms Nandini Sahai, Director ICG, Mr Dileep Deobagkar, Vice Chancellor Goa University and Charlie Walker, Director Programmes, British Council. The evening came to an end with some authentic Goan cuisine accompanied by some fabulous toe tapping Portuguese music.

What a great start to the camp!

By  Joanne, Chathurangi  &  Sikander, International Climate Champions, Srilanka

Our journey to the ICC International Camp began in the wee hours of the morning, with our flight scheduled to leave Colombo just a minute past mid-night. However, after encountering a delay of about 2 hours we finally left for Mumbai at 2:30am and reached our transit hotel at 6am sharp. Then it was a quick breakfast and we were off again to the domestic airport where we had to catch a connecting flight to Goa. We were welcomed at the airport from where it was a 45 minute drive to the International Center Goa, which will be our home for the next week. Once again, after a quick round of refreshments, we were able to take part in an ice-breaker event. Following this we attended the opening ceremony and press conference of the International Camp on Coastal Eco-systems Management. Following these formalities was dinner accompanied by a Portugese music display and a series of beautiful cultural dances. And thus ends day one of the International Camp.

Sri-Lankan representations signing off.

By A H Tehzeeb, International Climate Champion, Bangladesh

We woke up at 6.30 am took a bath and packed our bag. After finishing our breakfast we met Chetan Mehta from British Council. He traveled with us all the way to Goa. We reached Goa at around 3.00 pm. International Center Goa welcomed us. About 3.30 pm we were gathered in the conference room for the introduction session.

We went around the ICG and got a brief idea of the place. All of us planted a sapling each. After that we got 30 minutes to prepare ourselves for the inaugural session. We had our inaugural session at 7.00 pm. After that the dinner was served with Portuguese music. The music was really nice and we enjoyed it a lot.

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Third International Climate Champions Camp, Goa (15 to 21 January 2011)

As the curtains rise on the Third International Climate Champions Camp, 35 Climate Champions from 15 Countries (Northern Ireland, Ireland, UK, USA, Finland, Slovenia, Japan, Bangladesh, Norway, Sweden, Uganda, Nepal, Maldives, Sri Lanka and India) will start arriving at Goa starting 15 January. At the camp, Champions will be exposed to various facets of the fragile ecosystem of Goa where they will learn, network, share and better understand environmental impacts due to climate change and current mitigating initiatives undertaken.

They will be interacting with scientific and social experts and will also be visiting scientific Institutions like the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) and Goa Science Centre. Towards the end of the camp, they will pen down their views and suggestions in the form of a “Goa Declaration” which will be released to the media at the close of the camp.

Sharing their experiences and staying connected with the world they will be blogging and tweeting from the camp. We welcome you to be part of this experience by following them online.

Watch this space for more on the camp.

 

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Art Connections 2011

The stunning exhibition by Anish Kapoor that opened in New Delhi and Mumbai just a few weeks ago started a new chapter in the relationship between the UK and India in visual arts, underpinned by the new Cultural Agreement between our two countries that was signed in July.
During January, inspired by the amazing gathering that is the India Art Summit, the British Council is working with a huge range of partners to cement that relationship and bringing artists, curators, visual arts producers and policy-makers together, to exchange perspectives and ideas about where this cultural partnership should go next.
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Rob Lynes
Director, British Council, India

EVENTS

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18 January

Dialogues on Curating Part II
at India International Centre
Seminar
10.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.
IIC Annexe Lecture Hall (by registration)

Journeys: Four Generations of Indian Artists in Their Own Words
at British Council
Book Launch & Panel Discussion
6.30 – 9.00 p.m.
Theatre (by invitation only)

The Edinburgh Festival in India
at British Council
Presentations & Lunch
11 am – 12.30 p.m.
Theatre (by registration)

19 January

Dialogues on Curating Part II
at India International Centre
Seminar
10.30 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.
IIC Annexe Lecture Hall (by registration)

One Sky Project
at British Council
Reception
6.30 – 8.30 p.m.
Charbagh (by invitation)
Joint reception for The Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, UK and the delegates of the One Sky Project
Exhibition
19 – 29 January, 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Queen’s Gallery (open to all)

20 January

The ŠKODA Prize for Indian Contemporary Art
at Goethe-Institut
Exhibition Preview
11.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m.
Siddhartha Hall, Max Muller Bhavan (by invitation only)

The exhibition is open to all from 21 – 23 January.

INDIA ART SUMMIT
VIP Preview
3.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Pragati Maidan (IAS VIP pass holders)

21 January

Breakfast reception
at National Gallery of Modern Art
9.30 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.
(IAS VIP pass holders)

Otolith Exhibition
at Seven Art Ltd Gallery
Preview
9.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m.
(IAS VIP pass holders)

Indian art on the international art circuit
at India Art Summit
Panel discussion
3.00 p.m. – 4.30 p.m.
Pragati Maidan (by registration)

Speakers amongst others include
Hans Ulrich Obrist, Co-director of Exhibitions and Programmes & Director of International
Projects, Serpentine Gallery
Nina Miall, Director, Haunch of Venison

The ŠKODA Prize for Indian Contemporary Art
at Taj Palace Hotel (by invitation only)
7.30 p.m.
Winner announcement

22 January

Anish Kapoor in conversation with Homi Bhabha
at India Art Summit
12.00 noon – 1.30 p.m.
Pragati Maidan (by registration)

Anish Kapoor, Artist
Homi Bhabha, Professor and Director, Humanities Centre, Harvard University

The Khoj Marathon by Hans Ulrich Obrist
at Lodi Garden Restaurant
A series of Public conversations
1.45 p.m. – 11.00 p.m.
Courtyard (open to all)

23 January

Shifting cultural contexts and the role of the Museum
at India Art Summit
Panel discussion
11 a.m. – 12.30 p.m.
Pragati Maidan (by registration)
Speaker amongst others include
Sheena Wagstaff, Chief Curator, Tate Modern

Exhibition

Anish Kapoor
at National Gallery of Modern Art
28 November 2010 – 27 February 2011
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except Thursday until 8 p.m.
Closed on Mondays (open to all)

Journeys
at Pragati Maidan Metro Station
By London Transport Museum

I AM A MONUMENT
at British Council
By Vishal K Dar
17 – 23 January

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

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The average container ship can carry about 4,500 containers. This blog was viewed about 16,000 times in 2010. If each view were a shipping container, your blog would have filled about 4 fully loaded ships.

In 2010, there were 24 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 79 posts. There were 29 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 10mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was September 11th with 258 views. The most popular post that day was YCE Design Preksha Baid.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, britishcouncil.org, britishcouncil.org.in, networkedblogs.com, and google.co.in.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for british council india, role of english in india, manish sabharwal, a disappearing number, and a disappearing number mumbai.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Complicite’s A Disappearing Number in Mumbai this August July 2010
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The Role of English in India November 2009
11 comments

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What variety of English should be taught? November 2009
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English for Progress October 2009
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