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06-07-2019 @ Hungama Hai Kyun Barpa - Hindi Play

Event Date : 06-07-2019

Venue Details : Studio Safdar, 2254/2A, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi - 110008; Contact:- 011-25709456

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The play is about a Lesbian relationship and attempts to analyse the dynamics of the LGBTQ+ community within society. What happens when a girl wants to break free from the shackles of Patriarchy? From her doubts and fears? When she meets another girl who is a rebel, straightforward and has experienced life’s harshness? The play questions the duality of the Indian patriarchal family structure, which gives an impression of broad-mindedness but in reality clutches individuality within its claws.

Sugandha - Varsha

Piyu- Aeshvarya/ Manushree

Aarti (Mother) - Priya

Shivdayal Tripathi (Father) - Abhinav / Shishu

Alok (Brother) - Milind / Pranoy

Poster - Manushree

Lights - Jai

Sound- Pranoy

Properties - Milind

Photography - Shariq

Backstage - Piyush, Priyam

Written and Directed by Noor Zaheer

Entry Free

Date: 6 & 7 July, Time: 7 p.m.

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11-07-2019 @ Lemons Lemons Lemons

Event Date : 11-07-2019

Venue Details : Studio Safdar, 2254/2A, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi - 110008; Contact:- 011-25709456

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Peshevar Maujkhor presents Lemons Lemons Lemons

This play is about a couple-in-love who have to fight a lot of odds to stay together- their opposing personalities, diametrically different careers and even.... the Government! Can their love triumph? Or will they fall prey to a random law that discourages people from talking?

Director - Shruti Sunder; Lan - Hin & Eng; Duration - 75 min.

Date: 11 July; Time - 7 p.m.

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12-07-2019 @ Ismat Chugtai's Nanhi Jaan ke do Haath

Event Date : 12-07-2019

Venue Details : Studio Safdar, 2254/2A, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi - 110008; Contact:- 011-25709456

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'लाखों-करोड़ों ये हाथ, न हरामी है न हलाली। ये तो बस जीते जागते हाथ है...'

 

T.R.U.S.T (Theatre Research Unit for Stage Tools) brings you its new production 'नन्ही जान के दो हाथ' - a play by Rajesh Tiwari, based on Ismat Chughtai's stories.

 

Reflecting the facts of our society and exposing the true face behind the mask of civilization this play is full of humor, irony, emotion and drama.

 

All are welcome.

 

Date - 12 & 13 July;  Time - 7 p.m.

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14-07-2019 @ Aghaaz -7 (1 Day Theatre Workshop & Performances)

Event Date : 14-07-2019

Venue Details : Studio Safdar, 2254/2A, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi - 110008; Contact:- 011-25709456

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Shed your inhibitions and join in for much fun and creativity !
 
Apna Manch is back with Aghaaz (7th edition). Freak the idea may seem, challenging it is, an opportunity to explore yourself as an actor within a few hours, and perform in front of live audience.
 
Special add on - Dramatised Reading by Manil Mayank Mishra, "Paanchvein Maale Ka Flat ", a beautiful story by Mohan Rakesh.
 
Workshop Timings : 1:00 pm to 6:30 pm
 
Performances start at 6:30 pm (Performance by workshop participants followed by Dramatised Reading by Manil )
 
Contribution for Workshop : Rs 800 ( Includes refreshment) For more details Call or sms on 9910143011.
 
Entry is free for the performances.

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17-07-2019 @ Will The Flower Slip Through The Asphalt: A seminar on combatting ecological disaster.

Event Date : 17-07-2019

Venue Details : Seagull Books, 36C, S. P. Mukherjee Road, Kolkata - 700025

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A seminar on combatting the ecological disaster. The urgency of rolling back the way we deal with nature has never been more urgent.
 
The movement to save our ecology must be anti-capitalist.
 
Hear Vijay Prashad speak on the ecology and how we should be combatting the prevalent disaster as a society.

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20-07-2019 @ Shorts on Screen

Event Date : 20-07-2019

Venue Details : Studio Safdar, 2254/2A, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi - 110008; Contact:- 011-25709456

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Shorts on Screen is a film screening event organised by Little Feet Films & Pocket Studios to showcase some of their recent intriguing work.

Schedule: 06:30 PM to 08:30 PM

Two short movies to be screened:

- Autumn: A film by Pocket Studios.

- DND: A film by Little Feet FIlms

Two more movies to be updated in the list shortly!



Schedule: Saturday, 20th July 2019, 06:30 PM onwards Studio Safdar, Shadipur, New Delhi.

All are invited! For FREE passes, please WhatsApp @ 9560342266.

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21-07-2019 @ Hawking the Bard in the Heart of Whiteness by Arjun Raina

Event Date : 21-07-2019

Venue Details : Studio Safdar, 2254/2A, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi - 110008; Contact:- 011-25709456

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Actor and storyteller Arjun Raina migrated to Australia in 2010. Last year, while trying to promote his show The Magic Hour in country Victoria, he experienced first hand a certain resistance to both his physical presence-to his attempts to ‘hawk’ or sell his show. This personal experience further resonated with research on the 19th-century movement of Indian hawkers in rural Victoria.

The show is an engaging narrative of 19th century-21st century Indian migration to Australia.



Schedule: Sunday, 21 July 2019 from 19:00-20:00

All are welcome.

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24-07-2019 @ Girgit by Jana Natya Manch

Event Date : 24-07-2019

Venue Details : Studio Safdar, 2254/2A, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi - 110008; Contact:- 011-25709456

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Jana Natya Manch presents Girgit.

It is an adaptation of Anton Chekov's short story 'The Chameleon' by Safdar Hashmi.

All are invited!

Time: 06:00 p.m

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03-08-2019 @ Ilhaam - written by Manav Kaul

Event Date : 03-08-2019

Venue Details : Studio Safdar, 2254/2A, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi - 110008; Contact:- 011-25709456

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Come and experience Manav Kaul's chef d'oeuvre "ILHAAM " as an adaptation by Mukhavaran Theatre Group.

Time: 7:00 p.m

All are welcome.

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04-08-2019 @ Dhoop Ka Ek Tukda - Written by Nirmal Verma

Event Date : 04-08-2019

Venue Details : Studio Safdar, 2254/2A, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi - 110008; Contact:- 011-25709456

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Mukhavaran Theatre Group cordially invites you to the play 'Dhoop Ka Tukda' based on the story by Nirmal Verma

Entry is FREE. Book your passes in advance on 9560342266 (WhatsApp)

Time: 06:30 p.m.

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26-07-2019 @ Smoked (Hindi)

Event Date : 26-07-2019

Venue Details : Studio Safdar, 2254/2A, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi - 110008; Contact:- 011-25709456

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A set of 3 different monologues set up in different fabrics of society dealing with inner and outer conflict of human emotions.

Written,Designed and Performed by: Ashish,Harshit and Saurav.

Time: 07:00 p.m.

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27-07-2019 @ Edward Albee's 'The Goat or Who Is Sylvia?'

Event Date : 27-07-2019

Venue Details : Studio Safdar, 2254/2A, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi - 110008; Contact:- 011-25709456

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Alchemy Theatre Society’s production - The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? is a triple Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward Albee’s acclaimed play about a married, middle-aged architect who falls in love with a goat. Martin is at the pinnacle of life: he has a loving wife and son, a hugely successful career as an architect, and the commission of a lifetime, but when he embarks upon an improbable and impossible love affair from which there is no return, he must face the dizzying, explosive consequences.

Known for works such as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Albee’s four-hander not only shows a family in crisis but also challenges taboos and moral judgment. A Delhi-Bangalore based theatre group, Alchemy tackles this marital family drama which won the 2002 Tony Award for Best Play and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play and was a finalist for the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

Type: Full Length Play

Acts: Two

Director: Nikhil Chaudhary

Note: Tickets available at Venue & BookMyShow

Age Guide: +16

Date: 27 & 28 July

Time: 07:00 p.m.

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07-08-2019 @ Jana Natya Manch presents Tathagat

Event Date : 07-08-2019

Venue Details : Studio Safdar, 2254/2A, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi - 110008; Contact:- 011-25709456

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Set in an imaginary Buddhist kingdom in ancient India, Tathagat explores the ideas of caste and gender, rebellion and nationalism, freedom and courage.

Haridas, a shudra sculptor, has carved a statue of Buddha out of black stone with three missing fingers. He is sentenced to death as a traitor. On insistence of the queen, the king agrees to listen to Haridas’s plea in the court.

Expanding on the idea of tark (reason) in Buddhist philosophy, this play through the story of a vain king, a defiant queen, the rebellious sculptor, a courageous daasi, and a conniving courtier, examines the difference between a ‘traitorous’ and a ‘rebellious’ act.

Duration: 35 minutes

Time: 07:00 - 08:00 p.m

All are welcome.

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15-08-2019 @ Protest Songs with Kajal Ghosh

Event Date : 15-08-2019

Venue Details : Studio Safdar, 2254/2A, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi - 110008; Contact:- 011-25709456

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Do you sing, or play an instrument, or write songs? Do you want to learn revolutionary songs? Come, join.

Music workshop with KajalGhosh, director of the legendary political song squad, Parcham.

Four-day workshop from 15 to 18 August, 5 to 8 pm daily.

Participation ONLY by registration.

Register here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSezwY9tjvK7sFUrGr3-GsxD2EvhDsFp7FF7Hr1qcz717VR_oQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Registrations close on 12 August. Limited seats. Hurry!

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22-08-2019 @ Impro Unwrapped

Event Date : 22-08-2019

Venue Details : Studio Safdar, 2254/2A, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi - 110008; Contact:- 011-25709456

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Impro is a form of live theatre in which the plot, characters and dialogue of a game, scene or story are made up at the moment.

In the 2-day workshop, participants will practice and learn to play with spontaneity and trust their own impulses. Open to working professionals, students, theatre professionals, writers, educators and anyone who wishes to learn storytelling using short-form improvisation!

The workshop will cover:

• The Impro principle: Acceptance

• Active Listening

• Introduction to Scene Work

• Status

• Finding Characters

• Improvising scenes & games with ease


 

PS: Laughs are guaranteed.

Dates: 22nd & 23rd August (Thursday & Friday)

Timings: 5 pm - 8 p.m. (both days)

Venue: Studio Safdar, Shadipur, New Delhi

Fee: 1000 INR (for both days)

Tickets: https://imjo.in/ezxWqe

Facilitated by: Blessin Varkey

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07-09-2019 @ Dhoop Ka Ek Tukda - Written by Nirmal Verma

Event Date : 07-09-2019

Venue Details : Studio Safdar, 2254/2A, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi - 110008; Contact:- 011-25709456

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Dhoop Ka Ek Tukda by Mukhavaran Theatre Group

Date: 07 & 08 September

Entry is FREE.

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15-11-2019 @ Shadipur Natak Utsav

Event Date : 15-11-2019

Venue Details : Studio Safdar, 2254/2A, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi - 110008; Contact:- 011-25709456

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Shadipur Natak Utsav at Studio Safdar is a unique, community-curated theatre festival.

Do you have a play fit for a black box space? Something that residents of Shadipur might enjoy? Apply now!

Shadipur Natak Utsav Dates: November 15, 16, 17 & 22, 23, 24.

Last date for Applications: 7 September 2019

See application form for further details: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe9ngCJ-hMvFobQCyXFL3KxI1buWvsHu1we_DMAn4M2XdbSTA/viewform?usp=sf_link

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27-08-2019 @ Learning Lights

Event Date : 27-08-2019

Venue Details : Studio Safdar, 2254/2A, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi - 110008; Contact:- 011-25709456

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A two-day workshop to learn the basics of theatre lighting by Abhinav Khetrapal and Anuj Chopra.

In this two-day workshop, you will be introduced to the different types of lights used in theatre, to the dimmer, and to the console. You will be taught how to handle them, how to patch lights together, and how to create various effects using combinations of lights and filters.

Fees: Rs 1,000 per participant

Early bird discount: Rs 850, if you pay on or before 24 August

Workshop Dates: 27 & 28 August

Timings: 3:00 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Register here: https://forms.gle/Dqeiv3wHmH7L8wMs6

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25-08-2019 @ अगली शताब्दी के प्यार की रिहर्सल

Event Date : 25-08-2019

Venue Details : Studio Safdar, 2254/2A, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi - 110008; Contact:- 011-25709456

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Abhishek Yadav presents अगली शताब्दी के प्यार की रिहर्सल

दीपा, एक प्रतिभाशाली, स्मार्ट और फैशनेबल लड़की है। वह उसी लड़के से शादी करना चाहती है, जिससे उसे प्यार हो मतलब वो प्यार को शादी में बदलना चाहती है। प्यार करने के लिए मनचाहे लड़के की तलाश के दौरान वो कई गलतियां करती है। उसकी इन गलतियों से जो हास्य पैदा होता है, वही इस नाटक की रूपरेखा है।

Date & Time: Sunday, 25 August; 6:00 p.m.

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05-09-2019 @ Remembering poet and writer Amrita Pritam on her 100th birth anniversary

Event Date : 05-09-2019

Venue Details : Studio Safdar, 2254/2A, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi - 110008; Contact:- 011-25709456

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"Main Tainu Pher Milangi"

On her centenary birth anniversary, let us gather, one and all, to read, recite, and listen to Amrita Pritam's verses, and meet her yet again.

...और जहां भी

आज़ाद रूह की झलक पड़े

समझना वह मेरा घर है.

- अमृता प्रीतम

Thursday, 5 p.m, Studio Safdar.

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06-09-2019 @ The death of us - a film by Vani Subramanian

Event Date : 06-09-2019

Venue Details : Studio Safdar, 2254/2A, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi - 110008; Contact:- 011-25709456

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THE DEATH OF US - a contemplation on issues of crime, punishment, revenge, justice and the larger ethical questions surrounding the death penalty.

Film Synopsis:

The debate on death penalty is loud and impassioned. Instead of echoing that cacophony, The Death of Us, quietly reflects on a range of cases in which the death penalty was pronounced. Sometimes, ending in the execution of the convicted; sometimes in commutation to a life sentence; and sometimes to acquittal and release. Speaking to some who have been on death row, and others closely involved with the cases, we engage in complex conversations on crime and punishment, revenge and justice, popular rhetoric and personal experiences. Only to find ourselves confronted by larger ethical and moral questions across time and space.

Duration: 76 minutes

(Multiple languages with English Subtitles)

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31-08-2019 @ Two Day Theatre Festival

Event Date : 31-08-2019

Venue Details : Studio Safdar, 2254/2A, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi - 110008; Contact:- 011-25709456

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Mukhavaran Theatre Group‎ presents Two Day Theatre Festival at Studio Safdar.

Dates: - 7 & 8, September

Time: 5:30 p.m.

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14-09-2019 @ Flash Sale at May Day

Event Date : 14-09-2019

Venue Details : May Day Bookstore, 2254/2A, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi - 110008; Contact:- 011-25709456

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Hello, Hello, Quick Announcement!

We are having a flash sale at our bookstore on 14th and 15th of September. Visit and discover interesting books among our new and used books collection. Book club members will get discounts on NEW books.

Please share this post widely. Help us spread the word.

Timings: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. on 14th and 15th September.

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25-09-2019 @ Cultural Labour - Book Discussion with Brahma Prakash

Event Date : 25-09-2019

Venue Details : Studio Safdar, 2254/2A, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi - 110008; Contact:- 011-25709456

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Cultural Labour: Conceptualizing the ‘Folk Performance’ in India book discussion with Brahma Prakash, School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU

Folk performances reflect the life-worlds of a vast section of subaltern communities in India. What is the philosophy that drives these performances, the vision that enables as well as enslaves these communities to present what they feel, think, imagine, and want to see? Can such performances challenge social hierarchies and ensure justice in a caste-ridden society?

Join us in this conversation with the author, Brahma Prakash to understand the politics and aesthetics of folk performance in the light of contemporary theories of theatre and performance studies.

Date: 25, September

Time: 6:00 p.m

All are invited.

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01-10-2019 @ Blood, Belief & the Bourgeoisie

Event Date : 01-10-2019

Venue Details : Studio Safdar, 2254/2A, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi - 110008; Contact:- 011-25709456

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Greetings from The Red Cycle!

Issues associated with menstruation are never discussed openly and the silence surrounding menstruation burdens menstruators by keeping them ignorant of this biological function. Even after the attainment of menarche, very little information is given to young menstruators about the physiological processes involved and the hygienic practices to be followed. Overall, the absence of conversation around the social and political facets to menstruation in the policy debate and hence inaction is striking. This point to a glaring need to highlight this issue in the policy debate together with practical work on what menstruators require to manage their menstrual needs in terms of materials, education and facilities for management and disposal. Gender sensitivity in health, hygiene and sanitation needs of menstruators is a critical input required to be integrated into the governments' health, sanitation and education programmes.

The Red Cycle is a grassroots movement that aims to address various facets of menstruation by knowledge-sharing and action. Through online forums and off-line sessions, The Red Cycle has been challenging the taboos, social stigma and misconceptions associated with menstruation and focuses on educating people on the biological process.

We invite you to an open chat on menstruation and the related issues in May Day Bookstore on 1st October 2019. Arjun Unnikrishnan and Meemansa Singh from The Red Cycle will moderate the chat.

Time: 6:00 p.m

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06-10-2019 @ The Other Half

Event Date : 06-10-2019

Venue Details : Studio Safdar, 2254/2A, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi - 110008; Contact:- 011-25709456

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Directed by Shruti Sunder, The Other Half is a physical ensemble play that questions the very root of our identities and our perception of Gender. Through a very irreverent attitude, the play questions about the identity of 'Gender', what is, how it is and how it became that way. It questions the lens through which we view the world.

The Director

Shruti Sunder is an alumnus of Drama School Mumbai and UNIMA-India Foundation Course for Puppeteers. She is also a trained classical singer, artist and a movement enthusiast.

The Cast

Kunal Dara, Anomita Sen, Navya, Anant Gaur, Jyoti Rana, Radha Bhatt, Harsh Gussain, Amit Verma, Ruby Shivam Upadhyay, Ahmer, Dhruv Rai

Time: 07:00 p.m.

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10-10-2019 @ Introduction to Indian Music by Eshan

Event Date : 10-10-2019

Venue Details : Studio Safdar, 2254/2A, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi - 110008; Contact:- 011-25709456

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Highlights of the workshop -

1) Discussion on North Indian classical, semi-classical & film music; its structure (Sur, Raga & Taal), nuances, genres, aesthetics, artists, false practices in music education, correct methodology of studying music, how to avoid fraudulent teachers & find genuine ones and busting myths associated with Indian music.

2) There will also be a few group musical exercises.

Time: 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

All are welcome.

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13-10-2019 @ Readings from works of progressive writers

Event Date : 13-10-2019

Venue Details : Studio Safdar, 2254/2A, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi - 110008; Contact:- 011-25709456

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Readings from works of progressive writers by Saman Habib and Sanjay Muttoo

An illustrated reading of works of writers and poets of the early period of the progressive writers movement that presents a range of their creative output, reflecting and engaging with societal and political issues and spanning concerns that reverberate even today. Music accompanies the reading.

Time: 07:00 p.m. to 8:00 P.M.

All are welcome

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22-11-2019 @ Shadipur Natak Utsav - 2019

Event Date : 22-11-2019

Venue Details : Studio Safdar, 2254/2A, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi - 110008; Contact:- 011-25709456

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Shadipur Natak Utsav - 2019

India's first Community Curated Theatre Festival.

22 November -

Kabutar Ja Ja Ja by Natak Company, Pune.

23 November -

Maccoman, The Power Play by Madhyamgram Natomon Natya Sanstha, Kolkata

24 November -

Medea by Pandies' Theatre, Delhi

Two shows daily, 4 and 7 pm.

We have four ticket prices at Shadipur Natak Utsav 2019.

General public: Rs 200.

Shadipur residents: Rs 20.

Children below 13: pay as you like.

Ricksha wallahs and other daily wage earners: free.

Come, support India’s first community curated theatre festival.

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08-11-2019 @ Book-reading session and interaction with Saba Dewan & Namita Devidayal

Event Date : 08-11-2019

Venue Details : May Day Bookstore, 2254/2A, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi - 110008; Contact:- 011-25709456

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Book-reading session and interaction with Saba Dewan & Namita Devidayal

The event will be moderated by Ashwini Deshpande, Professor, Ashoka University

Lovers of books and music, join us for what’s going to be a fantastic evening.

Details:- Friday, 8 November 2019, 5:30 p.m.

Please join us for tea and snacks at 5 p.m.

Advisory:

May Day Bookstore 2254/2A Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi 110008 INDIAPhone: (91 11) 2570 9456

Metro: Shadipur on BLUE line 

Directions: Shadipur metro – Satyam Cinema (now Inox) – cycle ricksha – ‘Biyaasi number’ – May Day next to Rahmat Medical Store. 

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29-11-2019 @ Reading of Shanta Gokhale's play "Maili Chadar: The Stained Shawl"

Event Date : 29-11-2019

Venue Details : Studio Safdar, 2254/2A, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi - 110008; Contact:- 011-25709456

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On the occasion of Safdar Hashmi Memorial Lecture 2019 Jana Natya Manch cordially invite you to

Reading of Shanta Gokhale's play "Maili Chadar: The Stained Shawl"

(followed by a discussion with the playwright)

Date & Time: 29 November, 6 p.m.

ALL ARE WELCOME!

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30-11-2019 @ 26th Safdar Hashmi Memorial Lecture 2019 by Shanta Gokhale

Event Date : 30-11-2019

Venue Details : Studio Safdar, 2254/2A, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi - 110008; Contact:- 011-25709456

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On the occasion of Safdar Hashmi Memorial Lecture 2019, Jana Natya Manch cordially invite you to

Safdar Hashmi Memorial Lecture

"Singing in Dark Times" by Shanta Gokhale (playwright, novelist, translator, theatre scholar)

Dat & Time: 30 November, 6.30 pm

The lecture will be chaired by Rimli Bhattacharya (writer, theatre scholar, teacher)

ALL ARE WELCOME!

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01-12-2019 @ Sarhadee Shaam

Event Date : 01-12-2019

Venue Details : Studio Safdar, 2254/2A, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi - 110008; Contact:- 011-25709456

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Sarhadee Shaam

(Pakistan Ki Maujooda Shayari)

An event dedicated to Pakistan's contemporary poetry and Shashank Shukla 'Baaz'

मैं दुश्मनों से अगर जंग जीत भी जाऊँ

तो उनकी औरतें क़ैदी नहीं बनाऊँगा

तहज़ीब हाफ़ी

पड़ोसी मुल्क पाकिस्तान में इस वक़्त बहुत आला दर्जे की शायरी हो रही है। युवा शायरों और शायरात ने अलग-अलग ज़ावियों को, तमाम emotions को नए तरीक़े से ग़ज़लों और नज़्मों में ढालने का काम ब-ख़ूबी किया है, और लगातार कर रहे हैं।

शशांक शुक्ला की पहल पर, हम ऐसी शायरी को आपके बीच लगातार लाते रहे हैं। इस बार हम उसी सिलसिले को आगे बढ़ाते हुए, Mayday Bookstore की जानिब से, पाकिस्तान की मौजूदा शायरी आपके बीच ले कर आ रहे हैं।

पाकिस्तान से राजनीतिक मसले कब हल हो सकेंगे, इसका ना किसी को अंदाज़ा है न ही शायरी और art इसकी फ़िक्र करते हैं। तो उन सब लकीरों को भुला कर, आइये और शायरी का मज़ा लीजिये।

इस इवेंट में हम पढ़ेंगे पाकिस्तान के युवा शायर-शायरात की नए तरह की शायरी को, और उन पर कुछ बातें करेंगे।

आइये और शामिल हो जाइए शायरी की एक और शाम में।

बाक़ी details जल्द ही साझा की जाएंगी।

ये इवेंट हम dedicate कर रहे हैं शशांक शुक्ला के नाम, जिन्होंने ऐसी महफ़िलों का आग़ाज़ किया था।

Date : 1 December 2019

Time : 1:30 PM- 3:30 PM

Venue : Mayday Bookstore, Shadipur

Contact : Satyam Tiwari (9711009524)

Dhairyakant Mishra( 9999598194)

E-mail : [email protected]

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05-12-2019 @ Book Launch - Flowers on the Grave of Caste by Yogesh Maitreya

Event Date : 05-12-2019

Venue Details : May Day Bookstore, 2254/2A, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi - 110008; Contact:- 011-25709456

Event Details :

Panthers Paw Publication invites you the book launch of ‘ Flowers on the Grave of Caste’ by Yogesh Maitreya. Followed by the book launch, there will be an interactive session between the author and Raj Kumar, Professor and Head of Department of English, Delhi University. Followed by this, there will be a question-answer session between audience and author, moderator.

About the book:

Flowers on the Grave of Caste by Yogesh Maitreya is the first English Dalit short story collection in India. In India, adding to the development of Dalit literature in English language, this short story collection is a significant contribution since in the domain of fiction, it has introduced Dalit/Ambedkar perspective as a literary imagination. It contains six short stories, and most of them portray the internal complex of a Dalit youth in urban spaces, and them leading to assertion against caste.

About the author:

Yogesh Maitreya is a poet, translator, columnist, PhD scholar and publisher at Panther’s Paw Publication. He has translated work of fiction and non-fiction from dalit literature. For his PhD, he is working on Ambedkari Shayiri as a music against caste.

Timing: 6.00 pm

Date: 5th December, 2019

Venue: May Day Bookstore 2254/2A Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar New Delhi- 110008

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06-12-2019 @ Screening of documentary film #UNFAIR

Event Date : 06-12-2019

Venue Details : Studio Safdar, 2254/2A, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi - 110008; Contact:- 011-25709456

Event Details :

Screening of documentary film #UNFAIR - the interconnectedness of stories from skin, colour, race & caste.

Indian society conflates different forms of prejudices and discriminations relating to skin, colour, race, caste and class, and their interrelationship with each other. Consequently, frequent acts and events of individual and collective violence against the ‘other’, across the country, lead to public humiliation, shame and torture. We seek to bring under the lens – ‘blackness’ in ‘brown’ spaces.

Through this film we engage in dialogue with the “African” diaspora here in India, as well as diverse individuals from various backgrounds, to understand what constructs - the images, thoughts and ideas; one associates with the concerns of prejudice and discrimination.

Duration: 52 mins.

Time: 7 p.m

ALL ARE WELCOME.

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16-12-2019 @ Book Discussion - Memoirs of a Dalit Communist: The Many Worlds of R.B. More

Event Date : 16-12-2019

Venue Details : May Day Bookstore, 2254/2A, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi - 110008; Contact:- 011-25709456

Event Details :

LeftWord Books is pleased to invite you for a discussion to celebrate the publication of
Memoirs of a Dalit Communist: The Many Worlds of R.B. More
(The book is available here for pre-order https://mayday.leftword.com/catalog/product/view/id/21578)
Edited, with an Introduction by
Anupama Rao
TOW Associate Professor, History and MESAAS (Barnard College, Columbia University)
Translated from the Marathi by
Wandana Sonalkar
Retired Professor of Women's Studies (Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai)
Comments by:
Lydia Liu
Wun Tsun Tam Professor of Humanities, Columbia University
D.Raja
General Secretary, CPI
Sumeet Mhaskar
Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Jindal University
Subodh More
Cultural Activist, archivist, and grandson of R.B. More
Response by:
Anupama Rao
Wandana Sonalkar
Time & Date: 6:00 p.m, 16 December.
Join us for tea at 5:30 p.m.
Venue:
May Day Bookstore
2254/2A Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi 110008 INDIA
Phone: (91 11) 2570 9456
Advisory: Avoid driving. Finding parking is tough, particularly on Mondays.
Metro: Shadipur on BLUE line 
Directions: Shadipur metro – Satyam Cinema (now Inox) – cycle ricksha – ‘Biyaasi number’ – May Day next to Rahmat Medical Store.

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01-01-2020 @ Safdar Hashmi Shahadat Divas 2020

Event Date : 01-01-2020

Venue Details : Dr. Ambedkar Park, Jhandapur, Sahibabad, New Delhi -

Event Details :

सफ़दर हाश्मी शहादत दिवस 2020

मज़दूरों और कलाकारों का साझा कार्यक्रम

Since 1989, on every 1st January, Jana Natya Manch goes back to Jhandapur, to perform, to reaffirm its commitment to people's theatre and the unity of the working people and artists. Many artists friends, comrades and local residents of Sahibabad Site-IV join us to celebrate Safdar's red-hot, luminous life by singing, performing and watching plays together.

This year the public meeting will be addressed by Com Sitaram Yechury.

We will observe the birth centenary year of Kaifi Azmi saheb at Jhandapur. Eminent actress Shabana Azmi and famous poet and writer Javed Akhtar will read Kaifi saheb's poetry and address the audience.

Along with that 'Halla Bol: The Death and Life of Safdar Hashmi' written by Sudhanva Deshpande will be released by Shabana Azmi at Jhandapur.

ALL ARE WELCOME!

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How to reach:

Take metro (blue line) towards Koshambi; Get off at Koshambi Metro station; Walk back a few yards and take shared auto-rickshaw towards Jhandapur; Get down in front of CEL factory; Cross the road and follow red CITU banners and flags towards Dr Ambedkar Park.

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12-01-2020 @ New Delhi World Book Fair

Event Date : 12-01-2020

Venue Details : Pragati Maidan, New Delhi

Event Details :

We invite you to visit us at the New Delhi World Book Fair Saturday, 4th January to Sunday, 12th January 2020, Pragati Maidan, at the IPD Alternatives stall:

STALL NO -  565

HALL NOs -  H-8-11

Please also forward this to other friends who may be interested. We look forward to seeing you there.

Visit www.leftword.com to get LeftWord Books at discounted prices (only for book club members).

If you are in Delhi visit May Day Bookstore to discover interesting books from independent publishers and hunt for gems in the used books section!

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10-01-2020 @ Book Launch - Halla Bol: The Death and Life of Safdar Hashmi

Event Date : 10-01-2020

Venue Details : The People's Forum, 320 West, 37th Street, New York - 10018

Event Details :

Join acclaimed novelist Amitava Kumar and theater scholar Shayoni Mitra in conversation with Sudhanva Deshpande about his new book *Halla Bol: The Death and Life of Safdar Hashmi* on Friday Jan. 10th, 6:30pm @The People's Forum. Copies available from Word Up! and signing to follow.

RSVP here: https://peoplesforum.org/event/book-launch-halla-bol-the-death-and-life-of-safdar-hashmi/?fbclid=IwAR3vs2QRVHXSgTC7W20u3vQbZiDxahTtdenw0-qM-G7l-yGKw_tSk67X3OA

In Halla Bol, Sudhanva Deshpande tells the story of Safdar Hashmi, extraordinary in all its ordinariness. On New Year’s Day in 1989, Janam, the theatre group Safdar was a part of and which he led, was attacked while performing a street play on the outskirts of Delhi. He was only thirty-four when he died from injuries sustained during this senseless attack.

Beginning with a record of this fatal attack, this vivid memoir illuminates the life of Safdar Hashmi – artist, comrade, poet, writer, actor, activist, and a man everyone loved. But this is not a book about one man or one tragic incident. Halla Bol shows us, close up, how one man’s death and life are intertwined with the stories of many people.

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09-02-2020 @ Leftword at 44th International Kolkata Book Fair 2020

Event Date : 09-02-2020

Venue Details : Central Park Mela Ground, Salt Lake, Kolkata

Event Details :

Hello, bookworms of Kolkata !

Make sure to creep up to our stall at the International Book Fair. We're bringing the Red back to your soil.

Hall - 1, Stall - 15

44th International Kolkata Book Fair 2020

Central Park Mela Ground, Salt Lake

12 pm to 8 pm

29 January to 9 February

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13-02-2020 @ Book Launch - Bhagat Singh in Our Times

Event Date : 13-02-2020

Venue Details : May Day Bookstore, 2254/2A, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi - 110008; Contact:- 011-25709456

Event Details :

Please join us for a discussion of Chris Moffat's new book, India's Revolutionary Inheritance: Politics and the Promise of Bhagat Singh (Cambridge University Press, 2019). With Sanjay Kak (filmmaker and writer), Simona Sawhney (critical theorist and literary scholar), Taru Dalmia (poet and musician), Vanessa Chishti (Historian) & Chris Moffat (historian).

Attendees are welcome from 17:30, and the event will begin at 18:00.

Book Summary: What do anti-colonial histories mean for politics in contemporary India? How can we understand a political terrain that appears crowded with the dead, heroic figures from past struggles who call the living to account and demand action? What role do these 'afterlives' play in the inauguration of new politics and the fashioning of possible futures? In this engaging and innovative analysis of anti-colonial afterlives in modern South Asia, Chris Moffat crafts a framework that takes the dead seriously - not as passive entities, ceremonially invoked, but as active interlocutors and instigators in the present. Focusing on the iconic revolutionary martyr Bhagat Singh (1907–1931), Moffat establishes the problem of inheritance as central to the forms and futures of democracy in this postcolonial polity. Tracing Bhagat Singh's revenant presence in India today, he demonstrates how living communities are animated by a sense of obligation, duty or debt to the dead.

Follow the link to download a PDF of the book's introduction: https://bit.ly/316gmuH

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09-02-2020 @ वक़्त की आवाज़ : 6 क़िताबें, 6 ज्वलंत मुद्दे

Event Date : 09-02-2020

Venue Details : India International Centre, 40, Max Müller Marg, New Delhi 110003

Event Details :

वक़्त की आवाज़ : 6 क़िताबें, 6 ज्वलंत मुद्दे

वाम प्रकाशन और न्यूज़क्लिक आपको आमंत्रित करते हैं
किताब शृंखला “वक़्त की आवाज़” के लोकार्पण में

वक्ता :

आयिशा कादर, बेज़वाड़ा विल्सन, जगमति सांगवान, यूसुफ़ तारीगामी, उर्मिलेश (अध्यक्षता)

शाम 6.00 से 9.00 तक

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07-02-2020 @ Book launch - Half a Day for Caste? Education and Politics in Tamil Nadu, 1952-55

Event Date : 07-02-2020

Venue Details : Adiseshiah Auditorium, Madras Institute of Development Studies, Chennai - 600020

Event Details :

Please do come for the book release in Chennai today at 5:30 p.m., where V. Vasanthi Devi (former Chairperson of the TN Commission for Women) and KA Manikumar, a LeftWord author, will discuss the book. This will be held at MIDS

The book is available here: https://mayday.leftword.com/catalog/product/view/id/21579

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21-02-2020 @ International Red Books Day - 21 February

Event Date : 21-02-2020

Venue Details : May Day Bookstore, 2254/2A, Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi - 110008; Contact:- 011-25709456

Event Details :

We are now witnessing the rise of a neo-fascist menace. This menace has turned its attention to left books – with attacks on left bookshops and with murders and threats of left writers and publishers. There has been an upsurge of support for these bookshops as well as for the writers and publishers. A sense of outrage has built up that shows confidence amongst our readers and comrades to confront the neo-fascists and stand up for left books.

It is in this context, of the return of left book publishing as well as the attack and defense of left books and left writers, that we propose the establishment of Red Books Day. On 21 February 2020, join us by reading the Communist Manifesto in your language. Livestream it on social media, tape it, play it on Youtube.

Red Books Day @ May Day Bookstore:

- Readings of The Communist Manifesto in Assamese, Bengali, German, Hindi, Marathi, Malayalam, Odiya, Punjabi, Telugu, Urdu and more...

- Machine by Janam

- Singing of Revolutionary songs

Join us on 21 February from 6 pm onwards.

For more details visit - www.redbooksday.org

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07-03-2020 @ Celebrating the Life and Art of Safdar Hashmi - Mumbai Tour

Event Date : 07-03-2020

Venue Details : Mumbai

Event Details :

Celebrating the life and art of Safdar Hashmi

MARCH 4, WEDNESDAY

12.30 pm St Andrews Centre for Philosophy and Performing Arts (SAPP), Bandra

Nandita Das, Annie Zaidi, Moloyashree Hashmi, Sudhanva Deshpande

7.30 pm Antarang, 106, Aramnagar I, Being Association

Mohd. Zeeshan Ayyub, Moloyashree Hashmi, Sudhanva Deshpande

MARCH 5, THURSDAY

6.30 pm NCPA Experimental Theatre, Nariman Point

Naseeruddin Shah, Sameera lyengar, Moloyashree Hashmi, Sudhanva Deshpande

MARCH 6, FRIDAY

1 pm TISS, Chembur

Joy Sengupta, Moloyashree Hashmi, Sudhanva Deshpande

6.30 pm Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, Kala Ghoda

Shanta Gokhale, P Sainath, Moloyashree Hashmi, Sudhanva Deshpande

MARCH 7, SATURDAY

7 pm Studio Tamaasha, Lokhandwala, Andheri (W)

Actors and singers from Mumbai will read and perform from Janam's and Safdar's works. Ticketed show www. bookmyshow.com.

At all venues, Jana Natya Manch will perform its iconic 13-minute play Machine. At NCPA on March 5, Naseeruddin Shah will join Janam actors in reading excerpts from the play Hallo Bol. Janam actors will read excerpts from this play at all other venues as well, except on March 7.

Halla Bol is published in Hindi and English by Vaam Prakashaan and Leftword Books, respectively, and copies of both editions will be at all venues.

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22-04-2020 @ 150 Years of Lenin

Event Date : 22-04-2020

Venue Details : http://virtual.leftword.com/b/sud-enm-xfx

Event Details :

On April 22, we celebrate V. I. Lenin's 150th birth anniversary. Lenin was the chief theorist of the October Revolution of 1917, and one of the most important leaders of the new Soviet Republic and then the USSR. Three left presses - LeftWord Books (India), Expressão Popular (Brazil), and Batalla de Ideas (Argentina) - in collaboration with Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research have produced a joint commemorative book called Lenin 150. This volume collects Lenin's 1913 essay on 'The Three Sources and Three Component Parts of Marxism' (193), Vladimir Mayakovsky's epic poem written at Lenin's death (1924), and a brief essay by Vijay Prashad on the theory and praxis of Lenin.

Join us for the online release, along with

Sudhanva Deshpande Managing Editor, LeftWord Books

Unni Maya General Secretary, Lady Shri Ram College for Women Students Union

Subhashini Ali Member of the Polit Bureau of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)

Vijay Prashad Chief Editor LeftWord Books

To join, connect:

http://virtual.leftword.com/b/sud-enm-xfx

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Use Chrome or Firefox.

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01-05-2020 @ May Day at May Day

Event Date : 01-05-2020

Venue Details : live.leftword.com

Event Details :

Every year on the 1st of May we have a grand celebration of workers' rights at our bookstore. We salute workers who struggled for our rights for over a century. This year we are not able to hold the festival because of the lockdown. But we will be celebrating it online with Aamir Aziz, M D Pallavi, Prakash Karat, Tania Saleh, Aishe Ghosh, Jana Natya Manch, Jose Delgado, As Canatadeiras, Martin Espada, Aisi Taisi Democracy and Roger Waters.

Join us on May 1st at live.leftword.com from 13:30 pm (IST) onwards to celebrate the 2020 International Workers Day with music and conversation.

13:30 Aamir Aziz, poet, Mumbai

14:30 M D Pallavi, singer, Bangalore

15:30 Aishe Ghosh, JNUSU President in conversation with Vijay Prashad

16:30 Tania Saleh, Lebanese singer-songwriter

17:30 Prakash Karat, CPI(M) in conversation with Vijay Prashad

18:30 Jana Natya Manch, Delhi

19:30 Jose Delgado, singer, Venezuela

20:30 As Cantadeiras, Brazil

21:30 Martin Espada, poet, USA

22:30 Aisi Taisi Democracy, Delhi and Mumbai

23:30 Roger Waters (Pink Floyd), USA

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11-05-2020 @ Talk by Subhashini Ali on 'R B More: Link Between Dalit and Communist Movement

Event Date : 11-05-2020

Venue Details : www.facebook.com/comrademarx

Event Details :

Comrade Subhashini Ali will be speaking on ' R B More: Link between Dalit and Communist Movement' on 11th May at 7 pm.

Join us at www.facebook.com/leftwordbooks

or at www.facebook.com/comrademarx

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