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23-10-2003 5:00 pm UNESCO is hosting a series of cultural events, including exhibitions, film screenings and live performances, on the theme “India, Ganges and Water” as part of its contribution to the International Year of Freshwater (2003). The events are organized under the patronage of the Permanent Delegation of India to UNESCO, UNESCO’s International Hydrological Programme (IHP), and the Centre for Franco-Indian Cultural Relations (CRCFI), from October 29 to November 15 at the Organization’s Headquarters.

Wednesday, October 29 (Room I, from 3.30 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.): a series of events targeted at youth will be held, under the patronage of the Fondation Nicolas Hulot pour la Nature et l’Homme. These include a concert by the celebrated Indian flutist, Hari Prasad Chaurasia; screening of a documentary film by Charles Hervé-Gruyer shot in the backwaters of Kerala and a traditional Indian dance performance by the Narthanalayam dance company.

Friday, November 7 (Room XII, 6 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.): a series of lectures and films on the symbolic representation of water in India and the ecological issues linked to freshwater. These include the first screening of a film entitled “Sacred Ganges” in the presence of the film-makers.

Friday, November 14 (Cinema, 7.30 p.m.): a specially-created musical performance by Ariane Gray-Hubert (piano) accompanied by Indian guest musicians. This concert is already sold-out.

During the entire two-week period, from October 29 to November 15 (Miró room, daily from 10.00 am to 6 p.m.), there will be an exhibition featuring the work of the doyen of Indian painting, 82-year-old S.H. Raza; photographs by Suzanne Held; paintings by Sujata Bajaj; objects on loan from the Musée de l’Homme (Paris) and a continuous screening of documentary films by Sangha productions.

Journalists who wish to attend any of these events should register with the Press Service.
Tel: 01 45 68 17 47

Source Media advisory N° 2003-85


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