Indian Strings and Dances

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Rolf Killius

The Sutton Subrang Dance Ensemble, Photo: Rolf Killius

The Museum of Croydon and the London Sitar Ensemble hosted a major exhibition in the Croydon NOW gallery of the Museum of Croydon, and other public display areas at Croydon Clocktower, from April to July 2009. The exhibition showcased the outputs of the ‘String and Dance Festival’ Project which was run by London Sitar Ensemble. The core exhibition comprised of oral history interviews (video), musical instruments and associated objects from the Community Groups involved and other donors (potentially the Horniman Museum), photographs and videos showing musical performances and dances from the Indian Sub-Continent as performed in the UK, costumes and associated musical instruments of all eight classical Indian dances and three folk dance genres from western India. Within the musical instruments display the emphasis was on string instruments like the sitar, sarangi, violin, veena, sarod, santoor and the supporting instruments like drums and cymbals.

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Historic Urban Landscapes: A New Concept? A New Category of World Heritage Sites?

12th FUUH International Seminar

5th to 10th April 2009, Hanoi, Republic of Viet Nam

The UNESCO World Heritage Centre, Hanoi People’s Committee, Hanoi University of Architecture (HAU), the Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV) and the Organizing Committee are pleased to announce the forthcoming 12th FUUH International Seminar to be held at the National Convention Center (NCC) in Hanoi, Republic of Viet Nam, on the following theme:


The CALL FOR PAPERS and all relevant information is available on the seminar website:

For further information, please contact with the seminar secretary:

A Journey Through Kazakhstan

Saturday 4th October, 9.30am-7pm

A study day organised in association with the British Museum, British Kazakh Society and the Royal Asiatic Society, focussing on the history and culture of Kazakhstan. It will include lectures by noted academics and writers of the archaeology, history, art and music of Kazakhstan, providing an introduction to this vast country of diverse landscapes and a rich cultural heritage. There will also be a performance by renowned Kazakh musicians of traditional music, a photographic exhibition and a reception at the end of the day.

For more information and bookings please click here.

Utsavam Exhibition Special Tour – Kathakali event

Monpa Musician

Monpa Musician, Photo: Rolf Killius

Seven months ago the Horniman Museum opened its exhibition Utsavam – Music from India, exploring the rich and diverse music of India. It takes its name from the Sanscrit word “Utsavam”, meaning musical festivities.

Utsavam – Music from India explores the cultural and lingustic diversity of a land that is home to a sixth of the world’s population. Sound, film footage, musical instruments and objects including a spectacular Kathakali dance costume take you on a journey to India, where music traditions are under threat at a time of rapid change in the subcontinent.

Responding to the huge public demand, Rolf Killius, Co-curator of the exhibition, decided to invite for a special guided tour through the exhibition. On Sunday 21 September the Museum will host the Kala Chetana Kathakali Company with special guests (dancers and musicians) from Kerala. The special tour will take place on 21st September at 4.15pm directly after the Kathakali performance at the exhibition entrance. To see the line-up details, read the press reports and watch the programmes about the exhibition please follwo this link produced by Nigel Muris from Printstream.You might also be interested in an exciting new project, which in a way follows the path cleared by the Horniman’s Utsavam exhibition: an online sound project of the British Library Sound Archive in collaboration with the Horniman Museum, Traditional Music in India, where 100 music examples from recording trips to India starting in 1995 will be selcted and presented on the official British Library website and will be downloadable in mp3 format.

Utsavam programme
Kala Chethana Kathakali Sun 21 Sept Workshops 10.30am– 2.30pm, Performance 3– 4pm Dancers and musicians from Kerala will perform Kathakali, one of the best known dance forms of Kerala. Before the performance, workshops will explore Kathakali music, the dancers’ symbolic gestures or mudras, and their elaborate costumes and make up.

Sarangi Making Demonstration Sun 21 Sept 1.30–3.30pm Join sarangi maker Pritham Singh who will be demonstrating aspects of making and playing the sarangi, this bowed stringed instrument of north Indian classical and traditional music.

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Conservation and Management of Sacred Places

ICOMOS Thailand’s International Conference and Annual Meeting 2008

29th-30th November and 1st December 2008, Bangkok, Thailand

At every year end, ICOMOS Thailand organizes an annual conference for members and interested academia and practitioners in the field of heritage conservation and management.  The conference has its main purpose to seek for current trends and issues concerning cultural resource conservation and management.

Wat Arun, Bangkok, Thailand

This year ICOMOSThailand in cooperation with Architectural Heritage Management and Tourism (International Program), Faculty of Arhitecture, Silpakorn University, and the Fine Arts Committee of the Association of Siamese Architects under Royal Patronage (ASA) is pleased to announce the 2008 International Conference on the topic “Conservation and Management of Sacred Places”. The conference comprises 2-day paper presentation and one-day excursion to cases of sacred place management in Bangkok.  A special session of Preah Vihear is also provided in the afternoon of the second day of paper presentation.

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Diary of Conservation in India – Book review

This book review of ‘Heritage and Environment: An Indian Diary’ (2007) is contributed by Barry Joyce MBE, Vice-Chair ICOMOS-UK World Heritage Committee. It reviews the recent autobiographical work of Indian conservationist Shayam Chainani.

Heritage and Environment: An Indian Diary by Shyam Chainani

This is a personal account of a lifetime’s campaigning for the protection of India’s architectural and wider environmental heritage by a remarkable man.

Shyam Chainani’s father was, in the time of the Raj, one of the few Indians to become an ICS officer (one of the ‘heaven born’) and after Independence was appointed a High Court Judge. His son initially followed a conventional career as a business executive with the great Tata Group, following education in India, Magdalene College Cambridge and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
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Beirut – House of Arts and Culture architectural competition

GAIA Heritage, on behalf of the Ministry of Culture of Lebanon has announced the launch of the International Architecture Competition for the House of Arts and Culture of Lebanon to be built in Beirut.

The project is funded by an important donation from the Sultanate of Oman. The competition was launched by the Minister of Culture, Mr Tarek Mitri, at the General Assembly of the International Union of Architects on 4 July in Turin.

All information on the competition and registration forms are available at: