A festival dedicated to the representation of women in Indian art, culture and society, in Cluj

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March 12-20 is dedicated to India’s Namaste Festival. The theme of this year’s festival is the representation of women in Indian art, culture and society.


Representation of women in Indian art, culture and society, in Cluj / Image source: Mihaela Gligor-Facebook

Cluj’s audience is invited to learn the secrets of the world of the Indian woman, the keeper of traditional dress, the symbol of grace, inner strength and devotion, but also a campaigner for the right to equal opportunity and a valuable participant in family and society.

Between March 12-20, Namaste India comes to Cluj-Napoca with a special edition, the main theme of which will be the representation of women in Indian art, culture and society.

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The first initiator of the Center for Indian Studies in Romania, attended the launch of a book on outstanding women in Indian society

The festival will begin with a series of four events to be hosted on March 12 and 13 at Ethnographic Museum of Transylvania.

Saturday, 3 p.m.Publishing house Casa Cărții de Știință will launch the volume Indian girls. Essays on Eminent Women and Their Role in Indian Society”. Apart from Maitreyi Devi, already known to the Romanians, the book includes articles on women who have asserted themselves in areas such as literature, painting, spirituality, etc.

During the launch of the volume, many important guests will be speaking, including Mihaela GilgorDirector of the Cluj Center for Indian Studies (founder of the first Center for Indian Studies in Romania); Andrea VojnaPhD Lecturer in the Faculty of Political, Administrative and Communication Sciences (FSPAC) within UBB and Alexandra Blindiaeditor at Casa Cărţii de Ştiinţ.

The event will be followed by the opening of the exhibition starting at 16:00 Introduction to Indian textile art.Presented by RajkumarA brand created by Anamaria Lazăr out of a desire to incorporate Indian art into contemporary urban clothing for European women. The original elements of the ancient Indian attire will be displayed, along with their reinterpretation in Rajkumari’s vision. The exhibition will remain open until March 20, giving the public the opportunity to learn about the techniques of weaving, printing and handicrafts of textiles.

Sunday From 11:00, a day lecture Performing arts and Indian theater from a European perspectiveAnd Supported by Ioana Florentina Manciu, PhD student at the National University of Theater and Cinematography “IL Caragiale” in Bucharest and was a special guest from New Delhi, with an online participation, Professor Bharat Guppet, who specializes in the comparative study of classical theater in India and Greece.

Marking the transition from the cold season to spring, Afisek Majumdar, a teacher in the Satyananda Yoga tradition, will give a presentation at 16:00 with the theme “Revitalization and Detoxification from a Yoga and Ayurvedic Perspective.”

Women-themed films

to Arta Cinema Five films on the topic of women will be shown from March 15-19. at the opening “Gir-Bayer” (“House and the World”)screenplay for the novel of the same name by Rabindranath Tagore, about women’s independence in colonial India since the beginning of the century, a production produced in 1984 by Satyajit RaiHe is the first Indian director to win an Academy Award at the age of 100. The selection also includes movies merch masalaStarring Smita Patel, one of the most prominent female characters in Indian cinema, “Gangoobai”The story of an elderly woman and her adventurous journey, out of desire to make an amazing leap, “Sita sings the blues”, A 2D animated film, adapted from the epic story of Ramayana from a perspective that sympathizes with the female character and “Wonderful Indian Cuisine”Considered “The strongest patriarchal film in recent years” (Hindustan Times).

The full program of the festival is available on the website www.namasteindia.ro.

India Namaste Festival is Romania’s largest event dedicated to Indian culture, and the project was launched in 2010. The project aims to create a symbolic space for friendship and communication between Romania and India, reducing the cultural distance between the two communities and the discovery of shared values. The twelfth edition is part of a series of events held around the world marking the 75th anniversary of India’s independence.

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