YPSH- Young People Sexual Health


Young people are changing every day, every moment. Along with this, so are intimate relationships and young people’s ideas on sexual and reproductive health and gender. On the other hand issues of sex and sexuality are still wrapped and covered in silence.

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WEATHER VANESAT - Sound, Art, Technology
Sound, Art, Technology was an international collaborative sound and music festival. Through performances, productions, presentations and discussions over 20
th and 21st February, 2013, the festival engaged with the impact of technology on production and dissemination of music over the century. The inter-disciplinary artistic project was aimed at being a synthesis of music, visual art and technology. Some of the central themes of S.A.T. explored were:

·        Creativity, culture & technology

·        The technological revolution in tools of creativity and innovative use of

·        Distribution, access, size & scale of reach

·        Innovative use of technologies – mobile phones, i-pads, applications for

         mobiles and tablets


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Celebrating 100 years of Indian

Cinema Dadasaheb Phalke first procured the Williamson camera in 1912. Little did he know that it would change the life of India forever; for thereon began the onslaught of performative and creative talent across region, language and technology that created the phenomenon called ‘Indian Cinema’.

What makes Indian Cinema different, perhaps, is the diversity. Owing to the multitude of cultures in India, films across the country speak of different religious, linguistic, caste and gender contexts. Combined with this, the willing response to changing sound and film technology keeps them largely up to date. India’s diversity as experienced in day to day life reflects immensely on screen and in the myriad storytelling techniques adopted by the various film industries across the country. The fluidity of cultures is reflected in stories and cinematic treatment, which truly sets it apart from cinema the world over.

That the year 2013 will mark 100 years of Indian Cinema, is known to many. Celebrations of the centenary year have started since last year and collections of ‘filmi’ facts and figures have sprung up across internet, television, radio and print networks. CMAC’s effort to chronicle the glorious past of Indian Cinema may seem like yet another drop in the vast expanse of available material. However, through this initiative, CMAC looks to further 100 Years of Indian Cinema the facts already known, magnify pictures already seen and recount with context the stories that have been told all along.

Do keep an eye out for our regular updates with interesting information, facts and anecdotes on Indian Cinema over 100 years. A special focus will be on chronicling interesting aspects of Indian film music and sound. Be it the entry of the talkie, the changing climate of playback singing and performance or technological changes in recording and dissemination, our effort promises to take you through an exciting journey of discovery of music and sound in the centenary year.

Join us as we take you through the historic journey of Indian cinema from its inception. Maybe it will match the history you already know. Better still, you could make our interactive forums on Facebook and Twitter your own by adding little nuggets of information, and relive the golden moments once again!



Shamlat Abhiyan
The Shamlat Abhiyan is a campaign by the Foundation for Ecological Security tShamlat Abhiyan LogoApno Bhavishya o create awareness and initiate collective action on the issue of Commons. The Commons or Shamlat span across the rural and urban, rich and poor, taking under its wing grazing lands, forests, groundwater levels, ponds and brooks, indigenous knowledge, the internet, parks and pavements. The campaign has been on in Rajasthan for over a year, and will soon be launched across other states in India.

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Culturally Speaking

Culturally Speaking

CMAC implemented its program on Cultural Diversity through a traveling exhibition, CD-ROM, Instruction manual, music album, music videos and other media products.Through this progam CMAC reached out to diverse communities in India in informing and sensitizing people on the cultural diversity, peace and pluralism as embedded messages in Indian culture .

In this project CMAC employed different art practices such as plastic arts, performing arts, architecture, design, film and photography. The media material created was used in conjunction with workshops and exhibition on cultural diversity and religion. These served as awareness tools and educational materials for community groups, schools,colleges and other diverse constituencies.

Women on Record

It all began a little over a hundred years ago when Indian music was first captured on technology. This changed the listening experience of music perhaps forever. It opened a new chapter and paved the way for the making of singing sensations, stars and redefined the world of entertainment in ways that we still see some impact into the 21st Century. The early 20th Century was vibrant and active and brought with it many exciting new developments in the world of music and performance. And clearly women were at the forefront of this phenomenon. Women in the 78 rpm Gramophone era made a significant contribution to Indian art, music, literature and were involved in theatre and film. They have had a profound influence on subsequent performance music.

The advent of sound recording in India had far-reaching social and musical effects, disseminating various genres of music to a mass audience for the first time. This was the first fascinating encounter between technology and music. The vocalists took on the challenge presented by this new technology  of presenting their work in approximately three minutes, this given the innately improvisatory nature of Indian music. Collectors estimate that the number of records issued in India would amount to about half a million  a large corpus of which remains unheard of and inaccessible to contemporary audiences.

Experiencing Sound
Women on Record combines newer technologies with contemporary art practices in collaboration with artist communities traversing across film, photography, scenography, dance, theatre and music. The art practices come together to recreate the ambience of the gramophone era. The idea of reviving interest in the immense contributions made by these artists in the late 19th and early 20th century lends itself to immense visual possibilities given that their lives were about music, theatre, film and overall entertainment.

The Event was inaugurated by Hon'ble Chief Guest Smt. Gursharan Kaur and Shri Chinmaya R. Gharekhan, President, IGNCA Trust was the Guest of Honour.





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Some of the Performers or Gaanewali of that era
Gauhar Jan
Zohrabai Agrewali
Janaki Bai
Jaddan Bai
Kesar Bai Kerkar

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