INDIAN ART & CULTURE
Agore Centre in Berlin and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) are well-known for India-related cultural events in Germany. Press But what may not be known: There is a growing number of individuals and private organisations presenting Indian art and culture to an interested German public. If one feels like indulging in an Indian night, surf on the net and you will easily find a huge selection of events like the “India Night” in Munich on October 26, 2002, with the dancers Gita and Krishna Kumar and the famous Kolkata-born tabla player Shankar Lal. The drummer has been working in Germany for more than two decades as a music teacher.
Another Indian night was held at the Cologne Philharmonic Orchestra with Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia also in October 2002. The main topics during Indian events in November, 2002, in Berlin were music, dance, culture, fashion, Bollywood films, art and Indian cuisine.Last year, the University of Witten/Herdecke organised a “Night for India” presenting Indian films, contemporary Indian art, Indian food as well as Indian music by the Indo-German band “Ahimsa” playing classical South Indian music as well as Western Jazz.
The proceeds went to “Bal Seva - Hilfe für Kinder in Indien e.V.” which supports street children in India. The “Munich Masala”, founded in 1999, is an initiative to promote South Asian culture in Munich. It organises dance events and screenings of Indian films all over Germany, mostly in Hindi with German subtitles, and similar entertainments. Bollywood is also present in Germany :
Mr. Patscha “The Starsline “ shows Indian films to a mostly Indian audience in the former German Cinemas.German film makers too, are gradually getting influenced by Bollywood: film director Veit Helmer, for example, followed the latest trend and engaged actress Masumi Makhija.