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Panel Discussion on THE CAUVERY DISPUTE; Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow.

Bangalore International Centre (A TERI Initiative) organizes a Panel Discussion on THE CAUVERY DISPUTE; Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Chair and Moderator:
Prof. S L Rao

Dr. V S Prakash, Dr. A Ravindra, Dr. M K Ramesh, Dr. Veena Srinivasan.

panel-discussion-on-the-cauvery-dispute-yesterday-today-tomorrow-at-bangalore-international-centre-bangaloreAbout the topic
The sharing of waters of the Cauvery River has been the source of a serious conflict between the two Indian states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. .

The problem is at its quarrelsome height today, but its genesis lies in two agreements in 1892 and 1924 between the erstwhile Madras Presidency and the Princely State of Mysore.

After decades of ineffective negotiations between the parties,a tribunal was constituted in 1990 to look into the matter. It delivered its final verdict after sixteen years, in 2007, by which time Kerala and Puducherry had also entered the fray. All four states decided to file review petitions seeking clarifications and possible renegotiation of the order.

Today the situation is increasingly more fraught, with civil disturbances, looting, arson, and even suicides on the rise. So what will Tomorrow hold?

Experts discuss this issue in detail.

Prof. S L Rao
Prof S L Rao is a professional manager, who worked in multinational companies, taught management, was Director General NCAER, first Chairman of CERC, founder Trustee of BIC, is Emeritus Distinguished Fellow at TERI, on boards of companies, and organizations in management education, heritage, and social service. He is a newspaper columnist, and has authored or edited 15 books on the economy, governance, management education, energy and negotiations.

Dr. A Ravindra
Dr Ravindra joined the Indian Administrative Service in 1965 and served in various capacities in government. He holds a PhD degree in Development Studies and has specialized in the urban sector.

Dr. Ravindra was responsible for introducing several governance reforms such as rationalizing property tax system through the Self Assessment Scheme which became quite popular in Bangalore. He was instrumental in initiating the Cauvery Water Supply Scheme, Stage IV and the Bangalore Metro Rail Project. He retired as the Chief Secretary of the Government of Karnataka.

After retirement, Dr. Ravindra has served as Deputy Chairman, Karnataka State Planning Board, Sr. Visiting Fellow at IIM, Bangalore and Advisor to Chief Minister of Karnataka. Currently, he heads the Centre for Sustainable Development, a non-profit organization, working on sustainability issues.

His monograph on Cauvery water Dispute – ‘A Bend in the Cauvery’ was just released.

Dr. V S Prakash
Dr. V.S. Prakash was the Director, Karnataka State Natural Disasters Monitoring Centre, an autonomous body affiliated to the Department of Science & Technology, Government of Karnataka, India. He has a post-graduate degree in earth sciences from Central College, Bangalore; Post-graduate in Exploration geophysics from Osmania University, Hyderabad and Post graduate in Water Resources with specialization in Remote Sensing and GIS from International Institute for Aerospace and Earth Sciences, the Netherlands. He has served in various capacities in Government of India and Government of Karnataka since 1973. He started his career as a field assistant on daily wages in Department of Mines and Geology in 1973; served as a Lecturer in K.G.F. First Grade College during 1973- 74; as a Geologist in Department of Mines and Geology, Govt., of Karnataka during 1974 to 1979; Joined Central Services and served as Scientist, Central Groundwater Board, Ministry of Water Resources, GoI during 1979 to 1996; as a senior faculty in Rajiv Gandhi National Institute for Groundwater Research and Training during 1996 to 1999; as Director, Drought Monitoring Cell, Govt of Karnataka during 1999 to 2007; presently serving as Director, Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre, Govt of Karnataka.

Dr. M K Ramesh
Dr. Ramesh is presently working as a Professor of Law at National Law School of India University at Bangalore. He is also the Chair Professor of Urban Poor and the Law, instituted by the Ministry of housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, GOI and Coordinator of the Commons Cell. During the periods 2004-2005(Oct) and 2006(May)-2009(June), he held the position of Chairman of the Post Graduate and Doctoral Council in the Law School.

His areas of specialisation include International Law, Human Rights Law, Environmental Law and Natural Resources Management Law (Land and Water).

He is an Adjunct Professor in Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, teaching a course on “ Water Law and Governance : National and International Perspectives”. He has published a few books and over 50 research articles concerning a wide range of legal issues that encompass Environment, Natural Resources, Water Resource Management, Human Rights, Consumer Interest, Health Care, Public Interest Lawyering, Legal Education, International and Comparative Law etc.

He is the Founder Editor of the Indian Journal of Environmental Law (IJEL) and the Centre for Environmental Law Education Research and Advocacy(CEERA), in 1997, in the Law School.

Dr. Veena Srinivasan
Dr. Veena Srinivasan is presently working as a Fellow, Centre for Environment and Development, ATREE. Her research interests are inter-sectoral water allocation, threats to freshwater from local to regional to global scales, impacts of multiple stressors including demographics, climate change and urbanization on water resources, sustainable water management policy and practice in socio-hydrologic systems. She leads several interdisciplinary research projects that combine field hydrology, low-cost sensing, citizen science, and simulation modeling to understand and find solutions to critical water problems.

She received her PhD from Stanford University’s Emmet Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources.

Thursday | 27th October 2016 | 6:00 PM

Bangalore International Centre
TERI Complex,
4th Main, 2nd Cross,
Domlur II Stage,
Bangalore – 560 071

Mixtape Thursdays with “Vihan Damaris”

Mixtape Thursdays with “Vihan Damaris”

vihaan-damarisGreat Metal magazine called her the angel of song;. a singer-songwriter Vihan Damaris is set to light up the evening with fun, upbeat covers and a few originals. Her music is influenced by pop, soul, R&B, and rock.

Thursday | 27th October 2016 | 9:00 PM

Windsor Pub,
# 968, 12th Main,
HAL 2nd Stage,
Bangalore – 560038

Entry free

Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival 2016

ranga-shankara-theatre-festival-2016Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival 2016

6th to 13th November 2016

for details stay connected

Screening of documentary “SILENCE IN THE COURTS”

Screening of “SILENCE IN THE COURTS” a documentary by Sri Lankan filmmaker Prasanna Vithanage.
Doc@Everest Presented by Vikalp Bengaluru

Two women from Sri Lanka sexually abused by a judge two decades ago try in vain to seek justice. As the plea is turned down and subverted by the country’s highest authorities, noted journalist Victor Ivan highlights their plight, the state of the justice system and it’s lack of commitment to the downtrodden… to no avail.

The film traces these stories twenty years on and attempts to understand how the powerful can be above the law in this shocking miscarriage of justice.

About the filmmaker:
Prasanna Vithanage, directed his first film “Sisila Gini Gani” (Ice of Fire) in 1992 It won nine OCIC Awards (Sri Lanka) including Best Director, Best Actor and Best Actress.

Four years later in 1996 he wrote and directed his second film“Anantha Rathriya” (Dark Night of the Soul). Based on Leo Tolstoy’s last novel “Resurrection”, the film won a Jury’s Special Mention at the First Pusan International Film Festival and went on to win all the main awards at the 1996 Sri Lanka Film Critics Forum Awards (affiliated with FIPRESCI) including awards for Most Outstanding Film, Best Director and Best Screenwriter.

“Pawuru Walalu” (Walls Within), his third feature in 1997 won the Best Actress Award at the 1998 Singapore International Film Festival. It even won ten out of eleven awards including Best Picture and Best Director at the Sri Lanka Film Critics Forum Awards.

His fourth feature “Purahanda Kaluwara” (Death on a Full Moon Day) , 1997, which he wrote and directed won the Grand Prix at the Amiens Film Festival. It is one of the most successfu film in the more than half a century history of cinema in Sri Lanka.

Prasanna Vithanage completed “Ira Madiyama” (August Sun) his fifth film in 2003. It went on to win many international awards and was featured prominently in the world festival circuit.

In 2007, Vithanage co-produced the hit film “Machan” a comedy about a group of working class con artists posing as a handball team, directed by “The Full Monty” producer Uberto Pasolini. “Machan” premiered at the 65th Venice Film Festival in 2008.

2008 also saw the world premiere of Prasanna Vithanage’s sixth feature film as director, “Akasa Kusum” (Flowers of the Sky) in Pusan, Korea. The film has been screened in over thirty festivals to wide acclaim winning numerous international awards.

Vithanage’s film work stands at the intersection of violence, gender and social injustice.
Mr. Prasanna Vithanage will be present for the screening and the Q&A.

Film Details: Silence in The Courts | 55 mins | India, Sri Lanka | 2015 | Sinhalese with English subtitles



Screening of Documentary on Thursday | 27th October 2016 | 7:00 PM.

Everest Talkies,
1. Kenchappa Road,
opp. Bangalore East Railway Station
Fraser Town,
Bengaluru 560 005.

Directions to the Venue:

The film is open to 18 years and above only.

“Bikhre Bimb” – Hindi Play.

Ranga Shankara presents Hindi Play “Bikhre Bimb” 

Directed by Girish Karnad and K.M Chaitanya
Translated by Padmavathi Rao
featuring Arundhati Nag



This play is among the most successful and popular plays India has seen in recent years. The play with a curious plot has Arundhati Nag as the protagonist, essaying the role of the feisty writer, Manjula Nayak. The play has seen close to 130 plus shows, has been received with rave reviews and audience appreciation in all the major festivals of India and won major theatre awards.

Tickets available at RangaShankara box office also online on Bookmyshow:

Bikhre Bimb on 27th and 28th October 2016 | 7:30 PM

Ranga Shankara
36/2, 8th Cross,
(Next to J P Nagar Post Office)
2nd Phase, JP Nagar,
Bangalore 560 078.

Directions to the Venue:

Bhinna Vinyasa – A Contemporary Dance Performance.

 Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts presents “Bhinna Vinyasa” – A Contemporary Dance Performance

bhinna-vinyasa-a-contemporary-dance-performance-presented-by-attakkalari-centre-for-movement-arts-at-gurunanak-bhavan-bengaluruAttakkalari’s Latest Production Bhinna Vinyasa could be described as a ‘realm of changing configurations/assemblages’. Bhinna Vinyasa explores metaphysical journeys prompted by internal and external forces resulting in profound changes in the lives of individuals and communities. Images from arts and literature morph with the recollections of contemporary lived experiences where the archetypes, mundane and the imaginary coalesce to give you an immersed experience. Mapping the fractured fragments of dreams, desires, hopes and stark realities in the context of rapid and often unplanned urbanization, environmental shifts and migration, Bhinna Vinyasa will lead you through an immersed visceral experience.

Unique movement vocabulary encapsulating the essence of Indian traditions and complex contemporary experiences are woven with layered visual images and surrounding multi-phonic sound-scape. In an allegorical narrative alluding to human situations and predicament, Bhinna Vinyasa mixes memory, experience and imagination of individuals caught up in tumultuous changes where locations and conditions are continuously shifting. Alluding to the imagined ancient idea of the ātman (individual soul) and paramātman (universal meta soul) as well as the rhizomatic relations in the “post-humanist future, in which the world has been enriched by a multiplicity of non-human agencies” Bhinna Vinyasa explores the notions of self through a continuous process of becoming and disappearing where the coordinates of time and space appear rather elastic.

Conceptualised and directed by Artistic Director of Attakkalari, Jayachandran Palazhy, Bhinna Vinyasa is choreographed by him along with the immensely talented dancers of the renowned Attakkalari Repertory Company. Weaving his signature electro-acoustic soundscapes with elements of Carnatic Jathis and Alaaps, German composer Martin Lutz’s multilayered sound score is both provocative and alluring. Andres Morte Teres, the Dramaturge has skilfully scrutinised the narrative to fit within the frameworks and language of the performative realm and closely watch over the cross-cultural references making it comprehendible for the global audience. Shymon Chelad’s imaginative lighting employs myriad shades of colour, texture and illumination to create evocative and transient images.

Co-produced by Attakkalari and Fabbrica Europa, Bhinna Vinyasa is supported by Ministry of Culture (Govt. of India), BangaloREsidency of Goethe Institut/Max Muller Bhavan, TNQ Pvt. Ltd., Attakkalari India Biennial and TransMedia Technologies.
Photo Credit: Vivek Prabhu

Tickets: Rs.300, Rs.500, Donor Passes
Available At : Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts (10 am to 6 pm from Monday to Friday)
Online Ticketing available on BookmyShow – and EventsHigh –

Thursday | 27th October 2016 | 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Gurunanak Bhavan,
Millers Tank Bund Road,
Vasanth Nagar,
Bengaluru 560052.

“Lotus Pond: The world of A.Ramachandran”

“Lotus Pond: The world of A.Ramachandran”

lotus-pond-the-world-of-a-ramachandran-film-by-k-bikram-singh-and-sudhesh-unniraman-screening-at-ngma-bengalurua film on A.Ramachandran by K.Bikram Singh and Sudhesh Unniraman

presented by National Gallery of Modern Art, Bengaluru in collaboration with Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi

on Wednesday | 26th October 2016 | 5:00 PM

National Gallery of Modern Art,
Manikyavelu Mansion
49, Palace Road,
Bangalore 560 052.