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January 2014
Poverty and the Tolerance of the Intolerable: Professor Amartya Sen
First World War: Stories of the Empire: V&A Museum

December 2013
Rumi with a view - A play by the Young Actors Company

November 2013
Amina Khayyam’s Dance Company presents YERMA
Idris Rahman & Julia Biel - Raga to Reggae
Gouri Choudhury, Himanish Goswami, & Khiyo
Qatif – a Dance Drama Tragedy
The Dilemma for Rural India: Urbanisation or Village Prosperity?
Birangona: Women of War
Unsung: Wilton Music Hall
Robi’s Garden
Season of Bangla Drama 2013

October 2013
Opening Night Asian Britain: 23 October 2013
UK - UKABC Annual Conference 2013: Doing Business in Southeast Asia
Bangla Sahityo - Influences of Bengali Literature on both sides of the Border

August 2013
Satyajit Ray - Part One: BFI London

May 2013
The Amartya Sen Lecture at LSE: 29 May 2013
Banker to the Poor: Lifting Millions Out of Poverty through Social Business: 20 May 2013

April 2013
Bang, Bang, Bangladesh: Barbican Library


Poverty and the Tolerance of the Intolerable: Professor Amartya Sen: 22 January 2014

Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Prospect Magazine public lecture @ LSE

Date: Wednesday 22 January 2014
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Professor Amartya Sen

Drawing on his ground-breaking work on poverty and development, Professor Sen will examine some of the biggest economic, moral and philosophical issues facing anti-poverty campaigners today.

Amartya Sen is Thomas W. Lamont University Professor, and professor of economics and philosophy, at Harvard University. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998 for his contributions to the study of fundamental problems in welfare economics. His most recent book is An Uncertain Glory: India and Its Contradictions, co-authored with Jean Dreze. Professor Sen in an Honorary Fellow of the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Live Podcast

Ticket booking: http://www.lse.ac.uk/publicEvents/events/2014/01/20140122t1830vOT.aspx

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First World War: Stories of the Empire: V&A Museum: 24 January 2014

Free event at V&A on Fri 24 Jan... also find out how you can get support and funding for projects to tell the stories that matter to you and ensure the full picture of First World War history is shared.

Date: Fri 24 January 2014 18.00-21.00

Where: Sackler Centre, Victoria & Albert Museum

SPECIAL EVENT: Start the centenary year with an evening of talks and films exploring the role of Black and Asian soldiers from the Empire during the First World War.

Find out how you can get support and funding for projects to tell the stories that matter to you and ensure the full picture of First World War history is shared.

Organised by the Heritage Lottery Fund in conjunction with the V&A

More information: http://www.vam.ac.uk/whatson/event/3047/first-world-war-stories-of-the-empire-4437/

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Rumi with a view - A play by the Young Actors Company: 8 December 2013

"A balm from the past sweetly applied to the turbulence of the present"

Addressing the dilemma of meaning and purpose we face in our 21st century world, this play brings to life tales from Rumi's epic work, the Masnavi. It combines beautiful abstract images of physical theatre with more naturalistic scenes, suggesting how Rumi's work might have an impact on our lives and relationships today. Rumi lived in 13th century Persia. On the departure of his mysterious teacher and beloved friend, Shams of Tabriz, Rumi wrote more than 20,000 odes and quatrains of purest passion, so establishing one of the greatest poets, philosophers, and saints of all time. Rumi With a View brings a spiritual twist to the grinds of everyday life.

Venue: Colet House, 151 Talgarth Road, London, W14 9DA

Date: 8th Dec 2013
Time: 5:30 to 7pm
Tickets: £20 pounds (proceeds will go to charity)

Book online: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/event/8922069149

For queries, please call 07531630559 or email Amir on sam.rume@gmail.com

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Season of Bangla Drama: 2 – 24 November 2013

This vibrant festival of drama continues into its 11th year with a great range of discussions and performances to challenge, stimulate and entertain. All the events are a celebration of local talent and a great way to disseminate Bengali theatre to new audiences.

Literary classics from the UK and Bangladesh are overhauled; Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of being Ernest gets a Asian twist and Unsung retells one of Tagore’s tales in contemporary London – the here and now! One play looks at the frustration of infertility (Oprakritik Prakriti) and conversely, another delves into motherhood and the dangerous psychology of family dynamics (Mukti). War comes to fore as a theme and looks at patriotism (1971), war crimes against women by the Komola Collective (Birongona: Women of War) and counter-intelligence - the life of a double agent (Informer).

Weblinks: http://www.richmix.org.uk/whats-on/festival/a-season-of-bangla-drama/?cal_month=0&cal_year=2013
Weblinks: http://www.towerhamletsarts.org.uk/?cid=51857

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Birangona: Women of War: 19 & 20 November 2013 @ Wilton’s Music Hall

Tickets cost: £10.00 - £12.50 Box office 020 7702 2789

Moryom is a young woman who loves the taste of tamarind, the smell of her grandmother, and holding her husband's hand. It is 1971, the year that the war of independence tears through Bangladesh, leaving no part of the country is untouched. The Kalbosheki Storm is coming. In a small village, Moryom and her family await its arrival. Every day, they hide from soldiers in the pond behind their house, while across the country; women are disappearing from streets and homes. When the storm finally hits, it will take away everything.

In the 1971 Bangladesh War of Independence from Pakistan, more than 200,000 women and girls were systematically raped and tortured. After Bangladesh gained independence, the war effort was acknowledged as a popular struggle. Though ‘Freedom Fighters’ were championed, the women who had suffered this plight were ignored by a society which dictated that rape was a source of shame for the victims. Marked with dishonour, they were silenced, ostracised and forgotten. 42 years on, Komola Collective wants to help break this silence.

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Unsung: Monday 18 November 2013 @ Wilton’s Music Hall

Two brothers. Two wives. One family.
Ash and Rana are brothers but whereas Ash and Joy are happy and spirited newlyweds, Rana and Megh are struggling to tolerate one another. When a seemingly innocent meeting leads to devastating consequences, there are painful sacrifices to be made by all.
Set in modern day London, Unsung is a re-imagining of Punishment, one of Rabindranath Tagore’s most haunting short stories and is a reminder of just how far we will go to protect those we love.

Tickets: £10.00 - £12.50 Box office 020 7702 2789
Weblink: http://wiltons.org.uk/event.php?p=683

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Robi’s Garden: 14 November 2013 @ Rich Mix, Bethnal Green

To celebrate Tagore's Nobel Prize centenary, the Bangladesh High Commission and Culturepot Global jointly present an abridged version of the original script of Robi's Garden. The writer Vijay Padaki draws from Tagore's entire spectrum of works written for children.

Robi’s Garden capture's Tagore's works for and with children, using storytelling, physical dance and music. Tagore's saw love and hope in children “Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of humanity”. “Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time”.

Book tickets / more info: http://www.richmix.org.uk/whats-on/event/robis-garden-storytelling/

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The Dilemma for Rural India: Urbanisation or Village Prosperity?: 13 November 2013 @ Oxford University

Speaker(s): Prof. Bob Rowthorne, Emeritus Professor of Economics (Cambridge University), Prof. James Copestake, Professor of International Development (University of Bath). Panellists include: Jens Lerche (SOAS) on the agrarian crisis and George Kunnath (University of Oxford) on the Maoists. An overview from a UK or Indian Government minister to be announced shortly.

Debate will examine India's vision for her rural poor and whether urbanisation is the only route out of poverty for India's 800 million villagers. India has reached a historic fork in the road towards the social balance that will serve her people best: she can either drift into the socio-economic model of urban/rural balance which 'developed' countries have typically followed during the past century, or she can grasp this chance to lead on a 'third way' between the market and Mao.

Two contrasting models of development will be debated – massive unplanned urbanisation versus decentralised rural development.

To register, email becky@jeevika.org.uk
Weblink: http://www.southasia.ox.ac.uk/dilemma-rural-india-urbanisation-or-village-prosperity

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Qatif – a Dance Drama Tragedy: 8 November 2013 @ Rich Mix

‘Qatif’ is a story set in modern day Saudi Arabia. In 2006 a young girl was gang raped and was later sentenced to 6 months in prison and 200 lashes for merely being in the presence of an unrelated member of the opposite sex. Although this injustice caught the attention of the world media, this Qatif girl is still not free. The Rokeya Project conveys this compelling true to life story through dance, theatre and movement, relating it to the messages of Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain who was a revolutionary figure in Bengali history, and fought throughout her life to give Muslim women a voice almost 100 years ago.

More info / Book tickets: http://www.richmix.org.uk/whats-on/event/qatif-presented-by-the-rokeya-project/

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Idris Rahman & Julia Biel - Raga to Reggae: 6-8 November 2013 @ Tara Arts Theatre

Tara Arts' Raga to Reggae festival is curated by Tara Artist Sohini Alam.
Idris Rahman, best known for his collaborations on Bengali-influenced jazz with his sister Zoe Rahman will perform a special duo set with beat boxer and vocal sculptor Jason Singh. Julia Biel, singer/songwriter will perform her own jazz, soul and reggae-influenced material set with her trio featuring Idris Rahman on bass and Saleem Raman on drums.

Tickets: £10, £8 concessions
Weblink: http://tara-arts.com/whats-on/raga-to-reggae-idris-rahman-julia-biel/about

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Gouri Choudhury, Himanish Goswami, & Khiyo: 8 November 2013 @ Tara Arts Theatre

Gouri Choudhury’s one of the finest Bengali singers in the UK will be joined by the dynamic young tabla player Himanish Goswami (son of distinguished Bengali singer Himangshu Goswami). Followed by a duo from British-Bengali band Khiyo. Khiyo duo Sohini Alam and Oliver Weeks take you on a journey that gives Bengali heritage music a modern acoustic sound.

Tickets: £10, £8 concessions
Weblink: http://tara-arts.com/whats-on/raga-to-reggae-gouri-choudhury-himanish-goswami-khiyo

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Amina Khayyam’s Dance Company presents YERMA: 1 & 2 November @ Sadler’s Wells

BritBangla member Amina Khayyam’s Dance Company presents, Lorca’s classic tragedy transposed from rural Spain to inner-city culturally diverse Britain. The Indian classical dance form of Kathak is used to tell the anguishing story of Yerma who suffers heart breaking social torment of a childless marriage that forces her to commit a horrific and an irrevocable act. The show is choreographed and performed by Amina Khayyam along with three principal dancers, and live musicians: Debasish Mukherjee (tabla), Lucy Rahman (vocals).

Friday 1 & Sat 2 November 7.45pm
Tickets £12 (£10)
Lilian Baylis Studio, Sadler’s Wells, London EC1R 4TN
Ticket Office: 0844 412 4300 / Online booking: www.aminakhayyamdance.co.uk

Weblink: http://www.aminakhayyamdance.co.uk/yerma

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Bangla Sahityo" - Influences of Bengali Literature on both sides of the Border: 26 October 2013

Bengali literature, be it from Bengal or from Bangladesh, is one of oldest and richest literatures in South Asia, giving the world intellectuals such as Rabindranath Tagore, Raja Rammohan Roy, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Bankim handra Chattopadhyay and Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar.

Join writers Kunal Basu and Professor Kaiser Haq as they come together to exchange thoughts, influences and more. Taking place on
26 October, 7.30pm, University of Westminster, London

Weblink: The South Asia Literature Festival Bangla Sahityo

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UK - UKABC Annual Conference 2013: Doing Business in Southeast Asia: 24 October 2013

The UKABC Conference aims to encourage UK SME businesses, to explore the opportunities in SE Asia.
The global economic downturn has not had the same effect on Southeast Asia as on the West. Steady growth, combined with investor friendly government policies have attracted businesses keen to explore the vibrant new domestic markets that are emerging in ASEAN countries. Delegates will also have the opportunity to meet Senior UKTI diplomats with on-the-ground knowledge of Southeast Asia.

Organised by UK-ASEAN Business Council

Weblink: http://www.ukti.gov.uk/uktihome/item/616340.html

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Opening Night Asian Britain: 23 October 2013 @ University of Westminster, London

South Asians have lived in Britain for centuries.
From the first trade conducted between the two nations along the Silk Route to the adoption of Chicken Tikka Masala as a national dish, the ongoing mutual exchange of cultures continues to flourish today.

Asian Britain vividly charts Britain’s process of coming to terms with the historic realities of its culturally diverse past and present.

This extraordinary photographic history with personalities from the arts, business, politics and sport appear alongside the pioneers – the first female law student at Oxford, the first Indian RAF pilots, the first Asian MP – and of equal significance are the experiences and history of the ordinary immigrants.

South Asian Literature Festival - More info / tickets: http://southasianlitfest.com/event/asian-britain-a-photographic-history-2

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Satyajit Ray - Part One: BFI London: 14 August - 5 October 2013

Celebrate 100 years of Indian cinema

Satyajit Ray : Subtle psychological insight, warm humour and stirring drama from a visionary of world cinema

Featuring a comprehensive retrospective of Satyajit Ray, one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, highlights range from the epic tragedy of the Apu trilogy, to the black comedy of The Middle Man.

"The greatest of our poets of the cinema"– Ben Kingsley

To enjoy a £1.50 discount on all tickets in this season simply quote BM in person, online or by phone 020 7928 3232.

Book online

Satyajit Ray is the most acknowledged filmmaker of all time. His unique cinematic legacy is renowned and revered by directors across the world. Most of his films were made in Bengali, but the univseral humanitarian appeal of his movies influenced cinema goers throughout the world. He won many awards including a lifetime achievement Oscar.

Born in Calcutta in 1921, Ray was educated in both Bengali and English, and studied for a fine arts degree, which he abandoned for a job as a commercial artist in advertising. As a filmmaker, Ray was entirely self-educated, except for a brief period helping Jean Renoir, who had come from Hollywood to make The River.

Satyajit Ray is best known for his films the Apu Trilogy - Pather Panchali (based on a Bengali novel), Aparajito (1956) and The World of Apu (1959) - which follows the life of a boy from a Bengali village trying to make his way in the world.

'Devi' (The Goddess) is Sharmila Tagore's first movie where she starred as Doyamoyee, a young wife who is deified by her father-in-law. A powerful and poignant story.

The key to understanding the appeal of Satyajit Ray’s body of work is that the director himself, though intimately rooted in Bengal, was also immersed in western culture: European and Hollywood films, of course, but also literature, art and music.

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The Amartya Sen Lecture at LSE

Date: Wednesday 29 May 2013
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building
Speaker: Sir James Wolfensohn
Discussant: Professor Amartya Sen

James Wolfensohn was the ninth president of the World Bank.

Amartya Sen is professor of economics at Harvard University and recipient of the 1998 Nobel Prize in Economics for his work on famine, human development theory, welfare economics, the underlying mechanisms of poverty, and political liberalism. He is an honorary fellow of LSE.

Professor Amartya Sen was born on 3 November 1933 in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is a philosopher and an economist. He started his academic life from St. Gregory's School in Dhaka. However, post-partition in 1947, his parents moved to West Bengal. He took his later training in Visva-Bharati University and Presidency College in Bengal where he graduated in economics. Sen moved to London, where he enrolled in Trinity College, Cambridge to pursue his vocation in economics and it was from the University of Cambridge from where he attained his doctorate degree in Economics. Professor Sen was best known for his work on the causes of famine, which led to the development of practical solutions for preventing or limiting the effects of real or perceived shortages of food. His work produced a new understanding of the catastrophes that plague society's poorest people and helps to explain the economic mechanisms underlying famines and poverty. He is best known for his book Poverty and Famine: an essay on entitlement and deprivation. He is currently the Thomas W. Lamont University Professor and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University. Earlier on he was Professor of Economics at Jadavpur University Calcutta, the Delhi School of Economics, and the London School of Economics, and Drummond Professor of Political Economy at Oxford University. In 2006, Time magazine listed him under "60 years of Asian Heroes" and in 2010 included him in their "100 most influential persons in the world".

Ticket Information

This event is free and open to all however a ticket is required, only one ticket per person can be requested. Members of the public, LSE staff, students and alumni can request one ticket via the online ticket request form. If more requests are received than there are tickets available, the line will be closed, and tickets will be allocated on a random basis to those requests received. If we have received fewer requests than tickets available, the ticket line will stay open until all tickets have been allocated.

This event is free and open to all however a ticket is required, only one ticket per person can be requested.

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Nobel Prize Winner: Amartya Sen

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Professor Yunus - Banker to the Poor: Lifting Millions Out of Poverty through Social Business: 20 May 2013

Speaker: Professor Muhammad Yunus
Chair: Professor Craig Calhoun

Date: Monday, 20th May 2013
Time: 6.30-8pm
Location: Peacock Theatre, LSE campus

Nobel Prize winner, Professor Muhammad Yunus at the London School of Economics for a lecture open to the general public, on Monday 20th May.

Muhammad Yunus was born on 28 June 1940 in the village of Bathua, Chittagong, a seaport in Bangladesh. The third of fourteen children, he was educated at Dhaka University and was awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study economics at Vanderbilt University. He then served as chairman of the economics department at Chittagong University before devoting his life to providing financial and social services to the poorest of the poor. He is the founder of Grameen Bank, serving as managing director until May 2011. Yunus is the author of the bestselling Banker to the Poor. In October 2006, Muhammad Yunus was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, along with Grameen Bank, for their efforts to create economic and social development. Muhammad Yunus was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science (Economics) by LSE in November 2011. In April 2013 he received the US Congressional Gold Medal.

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This event is free and open to all however a ticket is required, only one ticket per person can be requested. Members of the public, LSE staff, students and alumni can request one ticket via the online ticket request form. If more requests are received than there are tickets available, the line will be closed, and tickets will be allocated on a random basis to those requests received. If we have received fewer requests than tickets available, the ticket line will stay open until all tickets have been allocated.

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Nobel Prize Winner: Professor Muhammad Yunus

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Bang, Bang, Bangladesh: 6 March 2013 - 30 April 2013

40 years of nation-creation through music

BritBangla Member Saif Osmani, Visual Artist presents a series of paintings and sketches which trace the history of Bangladesh as seen through the poetry and musical influences of Rabindranath Tagore, Kazi Nazrul Islam, Hason Raja as well as rural Baul singers such as Lalon Fakir to more contemporary fusion musicians here in the UK. The exhibition explores the role music plays in defining national identity and cultural formation.