November Events in Stockholm: India/Indien

18 Nov
2010

It’s November. Time for the depressing month of the year when we lose more than 5 minutes of daylight each day. Despite the sun running away from, color (and culture) is coming to us for next couple months.

October began the India/Indien exhibition at Kulturhuset. Throughout Stockholm, clubs, theaters, movie theaters, stores are playing, displaying, discussing all things India. This is a great opportunity to get out and experience the chaos and liveliness of the Indian culture.

Even though Stockholm is small, it is difficult to figure out all the great events and cultural attractions in the city. It is also disappointing when great events happen and you don’t know (and sometimes, no one shows). With Indien, I didn’t even know it existed until I passed Kulturhuset and had to go inside to get a schedule.

Point being, if you are sulking at home trying to figure out what to do Friday, Saturday, or Sunday or the rest of the week in Stockholm, Indian activities can keep you busy.

Last night I saw Indian Ocean, an amazing indo-fusion-rock band. We even got to meet all the band members after the concert, take pictures, and get autographs. They are awesome musicians that play music of modern India while still looking cool with kurta tops. Visit their homepage to download, free, yes free, songs (they’re so awesome they dislike the big music companies).

With Rahul Ram, the bass guitarist and vocalist of Indian Ocean
With Rahul Ram
Here is the list of events and happenings for Indien in Stockholm:

Sunday Film – Filmsöndag – Sooni Taraporevala
RSVP on Facebook or show up
Sunday, November 21 · 13.00 – 21.00
Theme: Movies
Södra Teatern, Stora Scen
A free film festival with both classic and an exclusive tour of the new film, Little Zizou. Film showings and Christmas shopping Bombay style means that you and your friends come, buy an Indian picnic bag (who knows, maybe it contains curry popcorn), mingle, watch a movie, eat, and buy Indian presents. All you need this Sunday is Indian food, chai, movies, friends, gifts and Old Monk rum.

We also will be showing for the first time a viewing of the acclaimed movie by Sooni Taraporevalas, Little Zizou (2010). As a warm-up before the show, we will also play her (and Mira Nair’s) three previous classics: Salaam Bombay, Mississippi Masala and Namesake (Jhumpa Lahiri’s book after).

Rupee Me – Samtal om en ny världsmakt
RSVP on Facebook or show up!
Wednesday, November 24 · 19.00 – 21.00
Theme: Talk & Discussion
Södra Teatern, Kägelbanan
Foreign investment, power, and labor influence Indian’s economy today. Is Europe doing right by investing in India or are the less fortunate being taken advantage of? Will India be the next superpower?

The experts on the panel are Fred Fexe the Trade Council, Gautam Bhattacharyya for Springtime, Parul Sharma, Senior CSR Advisor Global Coordinator CSR auditing of suppliers, Sandvik AB, Malin Mendel Westberg, SVT, Charlotte Bohman at Hand-in-hand and Gudrun Sjödén. Moderator: Emma Ihre.

Bollywood Bio IV
Monday, December 6 · 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Bio Rio, for more info

BOLLYWOODBIO is the Indian film club that takes the world’s largest film industry to Hornstull, Södermalm.
Theme: Movie – Peepli live
A comic satire about suicide wave among Indian farmers and the accompanying media and political reaction. The film competed in the 2010 Sundance festival.
Time: 19:30, film Start 20:00, mingling before the movie and Indian food and drink. 80 kr.

Manish Arora
One of the greatest Indian fashion designers visits Kulturhuset.
Tuesday, November 23rd 17.30-18.30
Kulturehuset, Sergels torg 3.
Theme: Fashion (mode)
Ticket Prices: 90 kr.

Sarira – Indian Dance – From Classical to Bollywood
December 29th, 2010 18.00-19.00
Theme: Dance Performance
Kulturhuset, Högsalen, Sergels Torgs 3
Price: 120kr

The show begins in the south Indian classical dance, Bharatnatyam, and then transfers to modern dance forms up to today’s Bollywood Dance.

The colorful costumes, the rapid rhythms and movements and beautiful tones of the sitar and tabla enables your soul to visit India without ever leaving your chair.

Choreographer and dancer Usha Balasanduram organizing the show together with his dancers.
Sitar player Harvindar Singh.

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4 Responses to November Events in Stockholm: India/Indien

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DeepSoul

November 21st, 2010 at 20:52

This is great Sapphire! It will add some “Spice To Life” in Stockholm. :) I love Indian culture. I hope people will enjoy it there! Take care and hugs!

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Nkosazana

November 23rd, 2010 at 15:57

To bad its in Stockholm, this sounds like something I would like to go and see. There are quite a large Indian community where I grew up, they did not intermingle with us though and they thought themselves better than us.

Anyway sounds like a lot of fun and I hope you have a good time. I know I love learning a lot about different cultures :)

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Rahul Reddy

December 4th, 2010 at 02:59

Indians I met are very welcoming and inclusive of people from all cultures.

They are very peaceful and arts focused community, in my experience.

Most of them don’t have the air of superiority you see from some cultures with violent heritage.

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Nkosazana

December 8th, 2010 at 14:04

Well, my native country’s race history is very complex and there are still open sores that needs to be dealt with. Heck in my birth city there has been race riots between Indians and poor blacks.

Especially right before the abolishment of Apartheid, stuff like Gandhis unsavory views became common knowledge. You know how easy one popular persons views can be taken for a whole people mindset.

But had it been in any other country you probably would be right and i truly wish i had had the opportunities to learn more about Indian culture.

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