Thursday, January 26, 2017

Hear Some Poetry

Engage in poetry in English and other languages at Poetry at Sangam at the Pune Biennale. Held at the well-known India House Art Gallery, it is a unique event held on January 27

It’s time to engage in some poetry... at Poetry at Sangam at the Pune Biennale. Headed by poet and translator Priya Sarukkai Chabria, find the best national & international poets and translators. Event curator Chabria states, “We’re delighted to bring lively readings to the Pune Biennale by leading poets Hemant Divate, Menka Shivdasani, Mustansir Dalvi, and Sampurna Chatterjee along with Prachi Bari, Surekha Kher and Swati Acharya. Poets will read in English with translations from Marathi, Urdu, Bengali, German and French as well. The audience is in for a treat.”  
The event is part of Sangam House which happens to be India’s leading writers’ residency. It has the support of the iconic Bengaluru bookshop Atta Galatta, the people behind the much-admired Bengaluru Poetry Festival. This event is organised by Pune’s famous art gallery, India House Art Gallery headed by Ramprasad Akkisetti.

Presentation of poetry Indian & international in English and translations from Marathi, French, German, Urdu, Japanese and Bengali

POETS AND TRANSLATORS: Mumbai: Hemant Divate (Marathi & English), Menka Shivdasani (English), Mustansir Dalvi (Urdu & English), Sampurna Chatterjee (Bengali & English); Pune: Prachi Bari (Japanese), Surekha Kher (French) and Swati Acharya (German)

EVENT CURATOR: Priya Sarukkai Chabria – Poet & Translator
VENUE: India House Art Gallery, 53 Sopan Bagh, Balewadi, Pune 
DATE: January 27, 2017
DURATION:  1 Hour 15 Minutes

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Pune Events Listings

Here are the latest events happening in Pune. Choose the favourite for a great time…

This Republic Day, go ahead &celebrate the patriot in you and experience a fine spread as vast, colorful and flavorful as our country India itself. It is about experiencing the true Indianess in every one of you. Enjoy the Republic Day special tri-colored lunch buffet which is being offered. Get to tuck in a wide selection of Indian, Western and Asian cuisine which will be available only at The Café.
WHERE: The Café, Hyatt Regency Pune, Weikfield IT Park, Nagar Road
WHEN: January 26, 2017
TIMING: 12 PM – 3 PM
PRICING: Rs. 999 Plus Taxes

L’Alliance Francaise de Pune invites you to discover French artist Vincent Gagliardi with his
exhibition of selected engravings works. Gagliardi is a French mixed media artist who first discovered the traditional hand engraving technique during his studies at the School of Fine Arts in Metz. Over the years, Gagliardi has created black and white then colored engravings recycling worn linoleum from abandoned houses. His nontoxic technique is somehow similar to block printing but the use of linoleum allows him to obtain unique artistic effect not possible with most woods. His approach is singular yet varied, using every day materials and other mediums, adding poesy, philosophy and humor. As part of his art residency, he will conduct various workshop and art project with school and colleges.
WHERE: Darpan Gallery, Kala Chhaya Campus, Patrakar Nagar Road
WHEN: February 1-7, 2017
TIMING: On February 1st – 3 PM; Till February 7th – 11 AM – 8 PM

The Alliance Française de Pune is pleased to inform about My French Film Festival, the UniFrance online film festival. This is the 7th edition of the festival. You have FREE STREAMING for Indian residents. After a record turnout of 6.5 million films viewed in 2016, the totally revamped platform, that is more functional and user-friendly, invites users to discover films that represent the diversity and creativity of contemporary French filmmakers. This year, the festival offers the chance to discover 26 new films, divided into 5 thematic sections. Coming of Age explores the sometimes comical, sometimes painful transition from childhood to adulthood, while We Are Family focuses on family ties. Love & Friendship highlights friendship, love, or both at the same time, while Psycho shows disturbing characters caught in a downward spiral, and A Woman’s Life explores the trajectories of women. Films are available online with English subtitles at

 British Council Pune invites everyone for the young engineer’s workshop by Papiya Kar. In this fun
workshop, young minds will engineer their own desktop catapult from scratch. Participants will assemble wood pieces and cal-liberate to make a working model of a catapult. The session will also cover a brief history of catapult as a ballistic device. The workshop concludes with a mini war simulation with harmless paper balls as ammunition. Papiya Kar is a co-founder of Maker’s Club India, a community of people with DIY mindset who teach other people new skills. She is a hobbyist with around 8+ years of experience in HR management and Organizational Learning & Development management and is a trained and qualified Engineer with a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
WHERE: British Council Pune, Opp. Vaishali Restaurant, FC Road
WHEN: February 11, 2017
TIMING: 10.30 AM – 1.30 PM
AGE GROUP: 10+  
PRICING:  Rs. 350 (Members); Rs. 500 (Non-members); First come first serve; Max. 20 kids. Payment in cash or card accepted. Registration fees non-refundable. Change in nomination is accepted.
FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT: 4100 5301 or Email 

The Dance Floor Pune brings Kids Workshop Series. Check the Republic Day Special with the Bollywood Twist Workshop for Kids.
WHERE: The Dance Floor Pune, Plot No. 859, Next to Sunnydales, Dastur Meher Road, Camp
WHEN:  January 26, 2017
TIMING: 5 – 6.30 PM
AGE GROUP: 4 – 12 Years
CONTACT: 9822536789, 8983508551

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Crime never pays

Cyber security expert Amit Dubey speaks to Sapna Sarfare about his book RETURN OF THE TROJAN HORSE Tales of Criminal Investigation which is based on his experiences of solving crimes for the police.

If you find a book based on real experiences, chances are they are quite a read. And if they are written by a cyber security expert like Amit Dubey, it is worth taking notice of. Dubey who heads Heuristics Info Systems Pvt. Ltd has come out with his book RETURN OF THE TROJAN HORSE Tales of Criminal Investigation is about a young software engineer who helps cops in solving cases and becomes useful. The book published by Leadstart Publishing is how he solves cases using his own experience and intelligence. Based on Dubey’s own experience, it is quite a read and reveals new techniques to solve criminal cases. He speaks about his book, his work and more.

What points made you think that writing a book would be a great option?
I have learnt that nothing thrills more than reality. So I decided to write the stories of some of the real crime investigation cases I have been involved with as an IT expert where I helped the police solve complex crime cases. They were related to terror attacks, kidnapping and road accidents and how technology was used to resolve them. The stories describe the personal struggles arising from such involvement while demonstrating smart ways of using advanced technology & creative thinking to nab criminals.
This book is the outcome of numerous, long-pending requests from many of my trainees in the Indian Police and Investigation departments. I hope the book will serve as an interesting way to learn about new investigation methodologies through the medium of emotional stories.

How would you describe the book to the reader? What are the interesting aspects?
This book is targeted at a generic audience. I think that criminal investigation is an ever-intriguing topic for most of the people of all ages and professions, who love to read and listen to such stories, especially when they are rooted in real life. I have received few very interesting feedbacks and am amazed to see the way people have taken it.

Amit Dubey
Most would have expected a non-fiction book from you. Why fiction?
Sometimes, it’s not possible to reveal such incidents as it is. However with little fiction, we can give new heights to such stories to make it more interesting.  I always believed in writing a story in such a manner so that if someone starts reading the book, he should not be able to put it down. It should have something new to surprise you at every page, it should have something which everyone can relate to and it should give a smooth, easy, emotional and thrilling ride to the reader.

As a cyber security expert, how do you think such books aid in making people aware of cybercrime?
I just wanted to tell interesting stories; there is no hidden intention to teach anything. The learning comes as a by-product.  It solely depends on readers what they can learn out of it. I just wanted to take my readers on a thrilling ride where they can be introduced to some hidden secrets of criminal investigation world. In a time when our mobile phone has become an integral part of our life, they should be aware of the fact that some truly dangerous things are possible if somebody gets an access to our mobile phone.

What kind of books do you read personally? Do you read just related to your profession?
Though I mostly read the technical stuff around cyber security and hacking, I love to read science fiction stories too and anything which could uplift my imagination. I also read poetries and lots of emotional stuff.

How has the response to the book been as of now? Any interesting feedback?
I am receiving some excellent feedback. During a panel discussion shoot at CNN studio, the camera man Sunil Bhatt came to me and said, sir, “I read your book and it’s amazing. I also gave the book to my teenage son and he loved it”. These kinds of surprise reactions from a range of readers are so encouraging. I feel really happy when people call me and want to meet me personally to discuss the book with me. My readers are getting intrigued by few facts in the book and want to know if everything is true. I think this is a big success when you make people believe whatever you say.

What’s your next book on? Will it be a non-fiction book?
I have already started working on my next book, This will reveal future of crimes,  What all  scary things could happen in near future  due to overload of technology around us and how investigation approaches will change in the future. It would have a blend of emotional twist and suspense drama which I try to keep as a key ingredient of my book recipe.

TITLE: RETURN OF THE TROJAN HORSE Tales of Criminal Investigation
AUTHOR: Amit Dubey
GENRE: Crime Fiction/Investigative
PUBLISHER: Leadstart Publishing 
PAGES: 258 
PRICE: Rs. 249

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Pune Events Listings

Here are the latest events in Pune. Choose the favourite for a great time…

L’Alliance Francaise de Pune, in association with IISER, the Institut Français Inde and the French Embassy in India is pleased to host T’emmêle Pas! (Don’t tangle) a new refreshing and burlesque circus show by two French performers. It is a new creation of circus show with acrobatics and juggling. This unexpected and genuine show mixes theatre, dance, clown universe and a real complicity between two endearing characters: Anouck and Hugo. The show evolves to give way to incongruous situations and creates a burlesque and intimate entertainment open to all public. Anouck Worblewsky and Hugo Varret trained for 3 years at the circus arts training center in Chambéry, France. Anouck brings technical acrobatics and her wide-eye innocence and Hugo his diabolo technic and his stage presence. A few years ago was born their successful one-hour show: “T’emmêles Pas (Don’t tangle) that already toured in France, Italy, Swiss and Poland.
WHERE: IISER Campus, Sir CV Raman Auditorium, Pashan Road
WHEN: January 24, 2017
PRICING: Free Entry

After the grand success of New Year & legendary Bhangra Nights Celebrations, Team Lollapalooza is coming up with the biggest LOHRI Celebration in Pimple Saudagar.  So it’s time to wear traditional & get ready to dance on best of desi & bhangra Music by DJ Jigyesh & DJ Amit. Do not miss exclusive Bhangra performances, live dholis, boliyan singing, bonfire at rooftop, traditional wear, traditional décor, authentic Punjabi buffet, Makki Di Roti & Sarso Da Saag and Photobooth.
WHERE: Lollapalooza, 401/402, Rooftop, Vision Galleria, Near Kunal Icon, Pimple Saudagar
WHEN: January 13, 2017
TIMING: 7.30 PM Onwards

Kriya-ACT is a live art event designed to break the barriers between artist and non-artist, and define new spaces for creative dialogue. Having successfully hosted a public event of Kriya-ACT in the recent Kala Mela in Hyderabad, Manohar Chiluveru firmly believes in the fact that there is an artist inside each of us. The artist is developing this series as part of the International Travel Art Project “Odyssey”, envisioned as a program that will travel to 24 art capital cities around the globe. All rights reserved by artist, pre-registered participants will be allowed to paint along with artist on artist canvas as collective painting triptych 4 x 16 feet (this canvas is different from main canvas big canvas).  
WHERE: British Council Library, Opp. Vaishali Restaurant, FC Road
WHEN: January 14, 2017
TIMING: 11 AM – 1 PM; 2 PM – 4 PM; 4 PM – 6 PM
PRICING: Free & open for all age groups. Children are also welcome.
FOR REGISTRATION: Email at or Call 020 4100 5311

Pune Biennale 2017’s ‘Not Just a Garden’ is an initiative to bring art closer to people by adorning a public garden with a ting of art. Based on the theme ‘Identity & Self’, the Empress Botanical Garden at Camp is decked up with various artworks and installations by close to 30 Pune based artists around the theme of ‘Identity & Self’. In this curated exhibition, artists explored and reflected the theme matching with the vibrancy of the landscape that is Empress Garden through multiple forms of expression. With this, a garden is not just a garden but also a place to appreciate art, so do visit!
WHERE: The Empress Garden, Near Race Course, Camp
WHEN: Till January 29, 2017
TIMING: 10 AM – 6 PM 

With the aim to mobilize different sections of the society and all walks of life, Pune Biennale instituted the students’ project titled ‘Young Expressions’. Students from various renowned Indian art schools have displayed their interpretation of contemporary art following the theme ‘Identity & Self’ at The Monalisa Kalagram in the form of artworks and installations. The exhibition was introduced with the idea to leverage genuine exchange of art amongst the students. Visit the exhibition/display and let the participants know of what you thing about their work! 
WHERE:  The Monalisa Kalagram, Koregaon Park (Pingale Farms, End of South Main Road, KP)
WHEN: Till January 29, 2017
TIMING: 10 AM to 6 PM (Working Hours)

Hear Mishko M’ba & Shanks perform at Mazda Hall in a jazz guitar concert. Mishko M’ba is among the cream of French bassists. This composer, arranger, producer, bass guitarist, pianist has performed on numerous French and international stages from the 80s, before coming to India (Pondicherry) where he lives for the last 12 years. Sankarshan Kini aka Shanks, is a music producer, singer and multi-instrumentalist from Bangalore. Initially trained in table and Carnatic violin and plays guitar, harmonica, trumpet and mandolin as well, he performs and produces pop, rock, blues, Latin American and jazz styles and collects ethnic music. Hear them play together for a one of a kind concert.
WHERE: Mazda Hall, Dastur Primary School, Camp
WHEN: January 13, 2017
PRICING: Free Entry

Get a taste of supreme Indian classical music at the Indian Classical Music Festival 2017. Get to witness the performances by classical artists Sameep Kulkarni (Sitar), Anupam Joshi (Sarod), Sharvari Jamenis (Kathak), Pt Sanjay Garud (Vocal) and Pt. Pratap Patil (Pakhwaj). Do not miss the golden chance.
WHERE: Sundarban Lawns, Ghotavade Phata, Pirangut
WHEN:  January 14, 2017 
TIMING: 12.30 Noon to 7.30 PM
PRICING: Free for All Music Lovers

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Pune Events Listings

Here are the latest events happening in Pune. Choose the favourite for a great time…

Phoenix Marketcity Pune is all set to kick start the New Year with one of the never seen before spectacle named ‘The Manganiyar Seduction’. Having got standing ovation and entertaining international audience in more 50 countries, it’s a dazzling spectacle and a soulful musical performance at the same time. Directed & orchestrated by renowned theatre director Roysten Abel, this mass ensemble of 43 singers & musicians from the Rajasthani deserts will be set up on the stage in a four-storey bank of small, lit up pods – each pod occupied by a single performer only. This creates a dramatic and astounding build-up of musical instruments and voice as young men, women, children and the elderly of the Manganiyar community take you into a world which is even beyond yours or their own.
WHERE: Liberty Square, Phoenix Marketcity, Viman Nagar
WHEN: January 7, 2017

L’Alliance Francaise de Pune, in association with The Poona Music Society and Pune Guitar Society, organizes a guitar and bass concert called Stringly Yours, a new project lead by Mishko M’Ba, bassist and Sankarshan Kini, known as Shanks, guitar player. Those two men have played for many years in India and on international stages. Those two artists, thanks to their different background and experience, will bring a refreshing strings celebration! Music lovers, this exceptional performance is for you!
WHERE: Mazda Hall, Dastur Primary School, Camp
WHEN: January 13, 2017
PRICING: Free Entry

Re-imagining city’s Public Spaces creatively to bring ART closer to people, here comes the third edition of Pune Biennale, a predominant art movement and India’s second biennale. Steered by Pune Biennale Foundation, the event is now open for public and will run for over three weeks along Pune’s landmark J.M Road at locations including Pataleshwar Caves, Balgandharva, Z-Bridge, Jungli Maharaj Temple, PES Modern High School, besides the bustling public gardens and prominent art galleries. Pune Biennale 2017 will showcase substantial artworks of more than 200 artists of national and international repute and aims to present different forms to reflect on topics such as migration, cohabitation, adaptation, and assimilation. The works will be showcased through diverse mediums and forums including displays, installations, films, videos, performances, workshops, dialogues and seminars. Embrace the city's creativity while connecting with great artists and thinkers from across India and abroad – in a not-to-be-missed celebration of design, architecture, performance, installation art and much more! 
WHERE: Pune (Along the JM Road)
WHEN: Till January 29, 2017
 TIMING: 10 AM to 6 PM

Multi award winning pianist Lara Saldanha will be playing at Mazda Hall this Saturday. She has won many accolades at a young age, has studied in Europe and the USA and has already shown great maturity in her programming and playing. She also uses the power of music for supporting social causes. In the programme, you will hear François Couperin’s Pièces De Clavecin (selections from the third order), Claude Debussy’s Suite Bergamasque, Franz Liszt’s 3 Petrach Sonnets and Frederic Chopin’s Ballade No. 3 Op. 47. PHOTO CREDIT
WHERE: Mazda Hall, Dastur Primary School, Opp. Ladies Club, Camp
WHEN: January 7, 2017
PRICING: Free Admittance

Begin the New Year by learning some Belly Dance moves at The Dance Floor Pune. The beginner’s batch is taught by Arun Bhardwaj of Indian Tribal School. No prior dance experience is required.
WHERE: The Dance Floor Pune, Dastur Meher Road, Camp
WHEN: From January 7, 2017; Every Saturday & Sunday
TIMING: 6.30 - 7.30 PM
FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT: 7350913800, 8983508551  

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