Sunday, 31 March 2013

La Sirène music concert

The Embassy of Switzerland presents La Sirène, Harmonie Municipale du Grand-Saconnex, Genève in a musical dialogue with Indian musician Shri Paras Nath on the flute.

La Sirène, Harmonie Municipale du Grand-Saconnex, Genève, results from the meeting of the Fanfare Municipale du Grand-Saconnex, established in 1878, on one hand, and of the Corps de Musique La Sirène, constituted in Geneva in 1900, on the other hand. 

The music band parades since the 80s in a uniform of English colonial style, lively red and blue, with a helmet decorated with a plume for special occasions. La Sirène consists of musicians who practice the contemporary and modern musical art. 

The company visits India during the month of March and will travel through Delhi and Jaipur. The performance features Shri Paras Nath on the flute in a musical dialogue with 30 musicians of La Sirène.

La Sirène music concert
Date: 30 March 2013
Time: 7.00 pm 
Venue: Embassy of Switzerland, Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri New Delhi 110 021

Entry: To attend please write to ndh.vertretung(at) 
Kindly present your ID proof at the entrance. A limited number of invitation cards can be collected from the main gate of the Embassy.  
Swiss artist Sarah Burger's work at Sarai Reader 09

Swiss visual artist Sarah Burger presents her untitled work at Deviart Foundation in Gurgaon India as part of the Sarai Reader 09.

Swiss visual artist Sarah Burger presents her untitled work at Deviart Foundation in Gurgaon India as part of the Sarai Reader 09. Sarah Burger's visit to India was supported by Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council.

Sarai Reader 09, curated by Raqs Media Collective
Date: 3 February 2013 - 15 April 2013
Venue: Deviart Foundation, Gurgaon

Description of the work: (Untitled), 2013 / Hardened cement bags, bamboo sticks, photograph Photograph 230 x 130 cm / Overall approx. 250 x 200 x 300 cm

Cement bags. Rain. 
Accidentally formed sculptures by natural forces. Erosion evokes time. 
Physicality. Sculptural aspects of building sites. 
Substitutes for missing parts of fragments. 
Presence of what's lost or not yet there. 
Dynamisation of objects and an image. Construction and transience.

About Sarai Reader 09: The exhibition
Curated by Raqs Media Collective, Sarai Reader 09 is a nine month exhibition that unfolded as a process generative of visions, concepts, speculations and projections which, in turn, make room for heresy, for new modalities of being, for exchanges, relays and interferences. Artists, researchers, scholars, curators, critics, filmmakers, writers, performers, activists, scientists, photographers, archivists, architects, poets, journalists, were invited to make proposals.

The exhibition was punctuated through "episodes" - points of focus and dispersal - where processes that have been undertaken by artists gathered impetus and opened out across concentrated moments of public attention.

The exhibition takes its name from the Sarai Reader book series, which have been widely recognised as a site of critical and creative thinking. The making of the book 'Sarai Reader 09 (Projections)', accompanied the exhibition.

For more information visit: OR

Partners & Collaborators: 
Devi Art Foundation, Sarai and Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council
Ruchir Joshi to present at Literaturhaus Basel

Indian writer Ruchir Joshi who is currently on a residency in Basel will present his work at Literaturhaus Basel and Gymnasium Leonhard Basel.

Indian writer Ruchir Joshi who is currently on a residency at iaab basel will present his work at Literaturhaus Basel (House of Literature) on March 21 at 7 pm. 
Ruchir will present his texts as well as screen parts from his documentary movies.

When: 21 March 2013 at 7 pm
Where: Literaturhaus Basel (House of Literature)
Please visit the website of Literaturhaus Basel for further details.

Ruchir has also been invited by Gymnasium Leonhard Basel to present a talk to the students on 18 March 2013 on his first book.

The writer is currently a writer in residence, at iaab, Basel 
Writer in Residence is a pilot project of a writer’s exchange programme between Pro Helvetia New Delhi and IAAB, Christoph Merian Stiftung. As per the programme, both Pro Helvetia New Delhi and IAAB will send a writer each for a period of 3 months to live and work in India and Switzerland. Pro Helvetia New Delhi has collaborated with Sangam House to place the Swiss writer there for 3 months from November 2013 to January 2014.

The Indian writer, Ruchir Joshi will be at IAAB Basel for 3 months as part of this pilot project. Ruchir Joshi is a writer and filmmaker. He is the author of Poriborton and The Last Jet-Engine Laugh, and is currently working on another novel, set in Calcutta during the Second World War.

In exchange, PHND will receive a Swiss writer from IAAB for a studio residency at Sangam House later this year.

For more information on iaab Basel visit

Soirée Littéraire 2013
A literary evening of contemporary writing in French , Soirée Littéraire 2013 will include readings from the original texts by French, Belgian and Swiss authors.

Soirée Littéraire, an evening of francophone literary encounters, is jointly presented by Pro Helvetia- Swiss Arts Council, Embassy of France/Institut Français en Inde, Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium, Embassy of Switzerland, Alliance Française de Chandigarh and Alliance Française de Pondicherry.

With the aim to build audiences for contemporary writing in French, the event will take place in three cities and will include readings from the original texts by French, Belgian and Swiss authors followed by con...versations in English by local experts.

When: Wednesday, 20 March 2013, 6:30 pm
Venue: Embassy of Switzerland, New Delhi 110021
Entry by registration only 

The Authors
Nicolas Ancion, Belgium 
Nicolas Ancion was born in Liège (Belgium). He writes fiction for adults, young adults and children and is the author of several theatre plays and poetry collections. His books have been awarded many literary prizes. Humour is an essential ingredient in his works. The literary supplement of Le Monde, France's flagship daily newspaper, dubbed him "Lewis Carroll's true heir". He loves literary challenges and performances: he wrote a novel in public in 24 hours during the Brussels Book Fair (March 2010). He regularly uses web tools to share live writing. His novel, The 35-billion Euro Man, has been awarded the Prix Rossel des Jeunes in 2009 and is now touring as a theater play. This novel describes the abduction of one of the richest men in the world, Lakshmi Mittal, CEO of ArcelorMittal. The book is currently being adapted for a movie.

David Collin, Switzerland
David Collin was born in 1968 and lives in Fribourg (Switzerland). Les Cercles Mémoriaux (Memorial Circles, L'Escampette, 2012) is his second novel. His first was Train Fantôme (Phantom Train, Le Seuil, 2007). He has published some books with artists, and many short stories and essays in literary journals. He organizes literary events and is on the editorial board of the literary journal La Revue de Belles-Lettres. Since 2011 he has been series editor of Imprescriptible (Genocide Studies) for the Geneva publishing house Éditions Metispresses. David Collin is also involved in performing arts projects. And he produces cultural programmes for Espace 2, channel 2 of Switzerland's French-language public radio

Chowra Makaremi, France
Chowra Makaremi was born in 1980 in Shiraz (Iran). She is an anthropologist and tenured research scholar at the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) in Paris. She graduated from Sciences-Po Paris, France and the University of Montreal, Canada and has been a visiting scholar at Princeton, McGill and Columbia University. She has carried out ethnographic field work and published on issues of migration, asylum, racism and youth delinquency. Since 2010 she has been working on memoirs of violence and the post-revolution era in Iran. She has published Le Cahier d'Aziz. Au cœur de la révolution iranienne (Gallimard, Paris, in 2011) based on the memoirs of her grand-father. It will be published, in English translation by the Indian publisher Yoda Press in March 2013 under the title Aziz's Notebook: At the Heart of the Iranian Revolution.
Come back to earth - The March
A video presentation by Swiss artist Ruth Buck at the FOCUS Photography Festival in Mumbai.

Pro Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council and Focus Photography Festival 
in collaboration with Design Temple presents
Come back to earth - The March
a video presentation by Swiss artist Ruth Buck.

“The March” will be on view till 17 March 2013 at Design Temple, Mumbai.
Come Back to Earth is an expedition and approach, that aims to discover India through an unusual point of view. The focus of the work is directed towards the ground where we stand with both our feet, our basis of life. From this basic idea the artist developed two works - Come Back to Earth “The March” and Come Back to Earth “The Pairs”.
The image used is from “The Pairs”
Malcolm Braff Trio to tour India
Swiss jazz pianist, Malcolm Braff along with bassist Reggie Washington and percussionist Stéphane Galland will perform in Mumbai, Goa, Bangalore and Delhi.

Pro Helvetia - Swiss Arts Council in collaboration with Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and Gatecrash presents

March 13th, blueFROG, Mumbai
March 14th, Heritage Jazz, Goa
March 15th and 16th, Windmills Craftworks, Bangalore
March 17th, Delhi - 6.30 pm at Nehru Park, New Delhi, as part of the 3rd Delhi International Jazz Festival

Malcolm Braff born in Rio de Janeiro, he grew up on the Cape Verdean Isles and Senegal before settling in Switzerland. The pianist, composer and aesthetic maverick has worked on his reputation as an inspiring artist who fires up the European scene with spectacular activities, especially with spectacular art. In the early Nineties projects acquainted him with fellow artists like Bänz Oester, Mathieu Michel, Samuel Blaser and also Eric Truffaz. Braff is a regular at the Cully Jazz Festival and one of the most prolific jazz pianists in Switzerland today.

In India Braff joins together for the first time with bassist Reggie Washington and drummer Stephane Galland. Reggie Washington is among the best known bassists of the modern jazz scene. Brought up in a musical family, his parents were avid jazz and soul fans. His sister Yvette an excellent violinist/voilist , his brother Kenny a famed drummer & jazz historian. The many weekends listening & learning sessions with brother Kenny and Marcus Miller paved his way into improvisational music. Aside from holding down the groove for Steve Coleman's Five Elements, Washington has played with such notables as Roy Hargrove's RH Factor, Branford Marsalis' Buckshot LeFonque, Cassandra Wilson, Uri Caine, Don Byron, Meshell N'degeocello, Oliver Lake Steel Quartet and many others. Since 2005, Reggie has stepped out as a leader touring with his bands through Europe, the U.K. & U.S.A. to very receptive and appreciative audiences. His music represents the cutting edge of jazz & other musical genres today.

Stéphane Galland was born into a musical family and received his first drum set at the age of three. He decided to take lessons in classical percussion when he reached the age of nine, at the conservatory at Huy (Belgium) and started playing jazz with his fellow pianist Eric Legnini two years later. At the age of 13, having had the opportunity to play with the best jazz musicians in Belgium, he developed a growing interest in this musical field. Always in search of new musical experiences, he met Pierre Vandormael, Fabrizio Cassol and Michel Hatzigeorgiou, and later with the last two, formed the band called AKA MOON. The band, which recorded 16 CDs and performed worldwide (Europe, Africa, Asia, the United States, Canada, South America, the Caribbean Islands, India...), has been a unique and invaluable field of development and experimentation with different musical traditions.