“SAARC Celebrates Non Violence Day with an Art Competition for Children. Submit your paintings by the 19th of September 2012. “ Cash Prizes Awarded”

 

“Celebrating Non – Violence in the SAARC Region”

 

The SAARC Cultural Centre, mandated to promote culture in the region will celebrate SAARC Non- Violence Day, with an Art Competition for children. October 2nd is the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, who in recent history, revived the principle of non violence.  At the root of many of the problems faced by the world today, is the various forms of violence including those against the environment, augmented by social strife and inequity.

 

The SAARC Cultural Centre will reach out to children across the island by organizing an Art Competition that would create awareness on the need to revive and inspire in our societies peace, tolerance, non discrimination, co-existence, non-violence and respect for each other. The competition is opened to all children in two age groups

 

The paintings should be based on the following themes

  • Junior Category – Ages 5 – 14
    “You must be the change you want to see in the world” Mahatma Gandhi
  • Senior Category – Ages 14 – 19
    “My religion is based on truth and non violence. Truth is my God, Non Violence is the means of realizing him” Mahatma Gandhi

All paintings should be submitted in the following format

Size :  Standard A3

Medium : Water Colours, Crayons, Accrylic, oil,

All paintings should be accompanied with the following information:

Name in Full, Age, Title, and Name of School

 

DEADLINE – 19th September 2012

 

Cash Awards will be given for the first three in each category. (1st Prize 25,000/ 2nd Prize 20,000/3rd Prize 15,000)  The best paintings will be on display on the 2nd of October as a parallel event to mark SAARC Non Violence Day. All selected paintings will receive a certificate of participation. Late entries will not be accepted. The school that sends the most number of entries will be acknowledged.

SAARC International Conference on ‘Archeology of Buddhism: Recent Discoveries in South Asia’, Concludes Successfully.

 

SAARC Cultural Centre is pleased to announce the successful conclusion of the SAARC International Conference on ‘Archeology of Buddhism: Recent Discoveries in South Asia’ and all its associated activities. The Conference, which included the Paper Reading and Poster Sessions, was held from 22 to 24 August 2012 at the Buddhist Cultural Centre, in the heart of Colombo. Over 200 participants representing Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, France and the USA attended the Conference.

The Conference focused on Buddhist sites and remains that have been worked up during the last six decades or so. It included both kinds of papers – straightforward ones that just reported archaeological finds; and also papers that interrogate the methodological/ theoretical frameworks within which archaeological work is carried out. Some of the questions that the Conference sought to address were: how does one define a Buddhist site? How can one show the relationship between a religious centre and the lay community through archaeological work? and Is it possible to meaningfully interpret a multi-religious and multi-ethnic landscape through archaeological means?

Inauguration
The Conference was inaugurated by Hon. Prof. G. L. Peiris, Minister of External Affairs, Government of Sri Lanka. The Welcome address was delivered by Mr. G.L.W. Samarasinghe, Director, SAARC Cultural Centre, while Dr. Roland De Silva, Former Commissioner of Archaeology, Government of Sri Lanka, Director General, Central Cultural Fund, President, ICOMOS, and currently Chancellor, Moratuwa University, delivered the Keynote Address on ‘Let the Sites of Buddhism be Living Icons of a Liberated People.’ Dr. Sanjay Garg, Deputy Director (Research) and the Convener of the Conference, proposed a Vote of Thanks.
   

Academic Sessions
A total of fifty-five research papers were presented in fourteen academic sessions spread over three days (22-24 August, 2012). These sessions were devoted to the following themes:
1.    Country Reports on Recent Discoveries (6 Sessions)
2.    Buddhist Archaeology and the Society (2 Sessions)
3.    Buddhist Archaeology, Art and Architecture (2 Sessions)
4.    Cultural Geography of the Buddhist Archaeological Sites (2 Sessions)
5.    Archaeology of Buddhist Monasteries(1 Session)
6.    Revisiting Stupa: (1 Session)
   

Poster Session
Along with the Academic Sessions a Poster Session was also organized at the Conference to provide a platform to young researchers to showcase their research/ fieldwork as well as to institutions to display their activities. An array of colourful posters by seven young researchers and four organizations, namely the Central Cultural Fund, Department of Archaeology, Department of National Museum, and Post Graduate Institute of Archaeological Research (PGIAR), University of Kelaniya were displayed at the Poster Session which was held parallel to the Academic Sessions and was open for the general public.

Round Table
A Round Table on ‘Mapping Buddhist Archaeological Sites’ was held on 23 August 2012 and was chaired by Dr Sanjay Garg. Two demo-lectures were delivered as part of the Round Table: first on ‘Mapping the contours of a Buddhist world: an online database of georeferenced Buddhist monasteries, 200 – 1200 CE’ by Prof. T. Matthew Ciolek (Visiting Fellow, School of Culture, History & Language, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia) who is also co-founder of http://monastic-asia.wikidot.com/ and second on ‘Cultural Cartography: Prospects and Perils’ by Mr. Pratapanand Jha (Director, Cultural Informatics, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi).

The Plenary Session
On the conclusion of the Academic Sessions, a Plenary Session was held on 24 August 2012 in which all Chairpersons of the Academic Sessions were invited. The Plenary Session was Jointly Chaired by Prof. Vidula Jayaswal (India) and Dr. Fazal Dad Kakar (Pakistan).  With a view to enlisting the contributions of other Experts/ Non-SAARC participants, delegates from Bhutan, India and Singapore were invited by the Plenary Committee to join the Session as a Special Invitees. The Plenary Committee perused all the Feedback forms received from the participants of the Conference. While commending the initiative taken by the SAARC Cultural Centre for providing a platform to the experts and other stakeholders from the South Asian region to share information on recent discoveries on the archaeology of Buddhism, all members of the Plenary Committee unanimously felt that this initiative needs to be institutionalized and its scope needs to be expanded so as to provide a permanent platform to the experts and other stakeholders on Buddhist art and archaeology not only from the SAARC region but also from other regions/ countries, which are rich in Buddhist art and archaeological heritage. The Recommendation of the Plenary Committee would be forwarded to the Member States of the SAARC.

POST-CONFERENCE TOUR
A full day Post-Conference tour was organized on 25 August 2012 to Anuradhapura in which over 100 participants took part.

Anuradhapura is one of the ancient capitals of Sri Lanka, famous for its well-preserved ruins of ancient Lankan civilization. It lies in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka, 205 km north of the current capital Colombo. It is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and one of the eight World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka. Participants were able to visit Sri Maha Bodhiya, Lovamahapaya, Ruvenveliseya, Twin Ponds, Samaddhi Buddha Statue and Abhayagiriya. Lunch was hosted by the Mayor of Anuradhapura.

The transport for the post-conference tour was facilitated by the Travel Partner of the conference: Aitken Spence Travels (Pvt.) Ltd.

ASSOCIATED ACTIVITIES
Apart from the Conference a series of associated activities were organised as a prelude and parallel to the main event. These included:

Screening of Documentary Films
A series of 12 documentary Films on ‘The Story of Buddhism: Its Birth and Development’ in India by the noted photographer and film-maker Mr. Benoy K. Behl was screened from 15 to 20 August 2012 at the Buddhist Cultural Centre, as a run-up to the Conference. The screening of this film series was inaugurated by Hon’ble Dr. Jagath Balasuriya, Minister for National Heritage, Government of Sri Lanka in a glittering ceremony on 15 August 2012, in which Mr. Behl too shared his views. The screening of this film series was supported by the High Commission of India in Sri Lanka, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), and the Indian Cultural Centre, Colombo.
   

‘Lens & Brush’ – Twin Exhibition
The SAARC Cultural Centre organized a Twin Exhibition entitled ‘Lens & Brush’ as part of the SAARC International Conference on Archaeology of Buddhism Recent Discoveries in South Asia (Colombo, Sri Lanka, 22-24 August 2012). The exhibition had two components: a Photo Exhibition and an Exhibition of Paintings by Contemporary Artists. The Twin exhibitions were inaugurated by Hon. Chamal Rajapaksa, Speaker of Parliament of Sri Lanka, on 21 August 2012 at JDA Perera Gallery, Colombo.

Photographic Exhibition
This Exhibition displayed Photographs on ‘Buddhist Sites and Art Heritage of South Asia’  by the noted photographer Mr. Benoy K. Behl, and also those from the SAARC Cultural Centre’s Visual Archives and contributions from Department of Heritage, Government of Maldives and Pakistan High Commission in Sri Lanka. This exhibition was supported by the India-Sri Lanka Foundation and the High Commission of Sri Lanka in India.

Paintings Exhibition
This exhibition of paintings entitled, ‘The Lord Buddha through Contemporary Eyes’, showcased the 58 creative works of forty-six contemporary artists residing in Sri Lanka. It encompassed a wide spectrum of paintings depicting Lord Buddha in animate as well as in symbolic forms as perceived by contemporary artists. These artists ranged from an amateur and novice of 4-years of age to trained and well-established artists of national and international repute. This exhibition was supported by the Bank of Ceylon. A Catalogue of all paintings was also released on this occasion.

Book Exhibition
A Book Exhibition related to the broad theme of the Conference was organised at the Conference venue, where leading academic and institutional publishers from the region were invited to display their publications. In addition, the participants of the Conference were also requested to bring their publications for display at the Book Exhibition which remained open for general public for the duration of the Conference. The Book Exhibition, together with the Poster Session of the Conference, was inaugurated by Hon’ble T.B. Ekanayake, Minister for Culture and the Arts, Government of Sri Lanka on 22 August 2012.

The Lord Buddha through Contemporary Eyes: An Exhibition of Paintings by Contemporary Artists

 

21-26 August 2012
at JDA Perera Gallery, Colombo 7Call for Entries
The SAARC Cultural Centre invites entries from artists residing in Sri Lanka to showcase their creative works on the above mentioned theme. The selected entries will be part of an exclusive exhibition which is scheduled to coincide with the SAARC International Conference on Archaeology of Buddhism: Recent Discoveries in South Asia’, (Colombo, 22-24 August 2012).

Submission
Each artist may submit up to 8 paintings for the exhibition. The submission would be made online by sending high resolution digital images. Each entry should have the following information:
a.    Title of the Painting
b.    Medium
c.    Size
d.    Year (if known)
The last date for online submission would be 31 July 2012.

Selection Process
The selection would be made by a panel appointed by the Director, SCC. The said panel may restrict the maximum number of entries per artist so as to suit the requirements of the proposed exhibition.

All selected paintings will be included in the special publication which are planned to mark this event.

All artists will be given a Certificate by the SAARC Cultural Centre, acknowledging their contribution. They would also receive free of charge 5 copies of the Catalogue planned for this exhibition.

Publications
A Catalogue of all paintings included in the Exhibition, together with short profiles of the artists, and with an introduction by an eminent artist/ art critic, would be published and released at the inauguration of the proposed exhibition.

Contact
Dr. Sanjay Garg, Deputy Director – Research, SAARC Cultural Centre, No. 224, Baudhaloka Mawatha, Colombo – 7.
Email: ddresearch-scc@sltnet.lk
Ph. +94-11-2584453 (o);
Fax: +94-11-2584452;
Mobile: +94-771053003.

SAARC Artist Camp 2012

 

Meet some of the best artists from the Region, from the 7th-10th of June, at the scenic location of the Water’s Edge. Watch them put their creative thoughts on canvass. Exhibition of their paintings will be at the J.D.A Perera Gallery from the 8th – 10th of June 2012. An event not to be missed. All are welcome

For more information contact the SAARC Cultural Centre – Tel : 0094 11 2584463 / ddprogramme-scc@sltnet.lk

SAARC Film Festival 2012

 

SAARC Cultural Centre will be once again be hosting the SAARC Film Festival from the 16th to the 20th of May 2012, in Colombo. Regional films of late are becoming popular not only in the region but globally as well. The SAARC Cultural Centre takes pride in promoting Arts and Culture in the region, and given the success of the Film Festival in 2011, will once again promote regional films by hosting the upcoming Film Festival. This year, in addition to the feature films from Member States of the SAARC Region, the Centre has also called for documentary films from the region. This will be an unique opportunity for the general public to view some of the best films screened from 2009- 2011 from the SAARC Member States. An award will be given to the Best Feature Film and documentary Film – which will be adjudicated by a panel of international Jury from Russia, Iran and Singapore. Further there will be also a special workshop organized by the Centre for Directors of these films as well as experts in the Film Industry.

Last year, nominations were received from Bhutan, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s nomination of Bambara Wallala, directed by Athula Liyange, bagged first place, with the film “Ami Aadu” from India getting a close second place silver medal.  This year, nominations of feature films and documentaries are expected from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The SAARC Cultural Centre, in keeping with its mandate of promoting culture in the region through different modes of art, will showcase films from the region as cultural expressions at its forthcoming SAARC Film Festival. The Film Festival will give all Member States an opportunity to screen some of the best films from the region. The SAARC Region has produced some films with a standard of excellence, and this Film Festival will focus on promoting some of the best films featured from 2009 – 2011. The festival will also invite the film Directors of the nominated films to participate at the Festival.

The SAARC Film Festival is bound to be a treat to all film enthusiasts and is open to the public free of charge.  The SAARC Film Festival is organized by the SAARC Cultural Centre. Screenings times will be made available soon.

 

SAARC Film Day Series 2012

 

With a view to promote the Regional Cinema, the SAARC Cultural Centre will be holding a SAARC Film Day every month, in collaboration with the National Film Cooperation of Sri Lanka. Films and documentaries from the Member States will be screened every month for the general public and to promote young Film Directors, artists and writers of Member States. The next film day will feature a film from India and is scheduled for 25 April.

Foundation Day Lecture

 

The SAARC Cultural Centre was established in Sri Lanka on 25 March 2009. To mark this occasion, the SAARC Cultural Centre, Colombo has instituted an annual Foundation Day (25 March) Lecture wherein eminent speakers would be invited to share their thoughts on a chosen aspect of culture of South Asia.

The First Foundation Day Lecture will be organised by the SAARC Cultural Centre at Colombo, on 25 March 2012.

SAARC Film Day Series 2012

With a view to promote the Regional Cinema, the SAARC Cultural Centre will be holding a SAARC Film Day every month, in collaboration with the National Film Cooperation of Sri Lanka. Films and documentaries from the Member States will be screened every month for the general public and to promote young Film Directors, artists and writers of Member States. The next film day will feature a film from Bhutan and is scheduled for 23 March.

Circulation of Cultures and Culture of Circulation: Diasporic Cultures of South Asia during 18th to 20th Centuries

 

SAARC Cultural Centre is pleased to announce the SAARC Regional Conference on ‘Circulation of Cultures and Culture of Circulation: Diasporic Cultures of South Asia during 18th to 20th Centuries’ (Galle, Sri Lanka, 15-17 March 2012).

The Conference is the first part of a Research project on ‘Diasporic Cultures of South Asia during 18th to 20th Centuries’ taken up by the SAARC Cultural Centre. It will be a brainstorming session to discuss key issues, deliberate moot research questions and to identify themes and sub-themes of diasporic cultures of South Asia that merit independent and in-depth research.

The Objectives of the Conference are to:

  • identify the diasporic cultures in and of the Region;
  • discuss the country situation (of the SAARC Member States) related to diasporic cultures,
  • identify research topics and questions related to diasporic cultures in the region that need further investigation; and
  • recognize research approaches and methods for further research in diasporic cultures in the region.

The Conference will address issues within three broad themes, viz. :

  • Circulation of South Asian Peoples and Commodities;
  • Circulation of Ideas and Cultural Expressions; and
  • Monetary and Trade Networks.

(both within and outside South Asia)

Academics and Experts are invited to participate and present papers on a relevant theme of the Conference.

Last date for registration : 20 February 2012

(To download the registration form, click here)

(To download brochure, click here)

(To download flyer, click here)

Circulation of Cultures and Culture of Circulation: Diasporic Cultures of South Asia during 18th to 20th Centuries

 

SAARC Cultural Centre is pleased to announce the SAARC Regional Conference on ‘Circulation of Cultures and Culture of Circulation: Diasporic Cultures of South Asia during 18th to 20th Centuries’ (Galle, Sri Lanka, 15-17 March 2012).

The Conference is the first part of a Research project on ‘Diasporic Cultures of South Asia during 18th to 20th Centuries’ taken up by the SAARC Cultural Centre. It will be a brainstorming session to discuss key issues, deliberate moot research questions and to identify themes and sub-themes of diasporic cultures of South Asia that merit independent and in-depth research.

The Objectives of the Conference are to:

  • identify the diasporic cultures in and of the Region;
  • discuss the country situation (of the SAARC Member States) related to diasporic cultures,
  • identify research topics and questions related to diasporic cultures in the region that need further investigation; and
  • recognize research approaches and methods for further research in diasporic cultures in the region.

The Conference will address issues within three broad themes, viz. :

  • Circulation of South Asian Peoples and Commodities;
  • Circulation of Ideas and Cultural Expressions; and
  • Monetary and Trade Networks.

(both within and outside South Asia)

Academics and Experts are invited to participate and present papers on a relevant theme of the Conference.

Last date for registration : 20 February 2012

(To download the registration form, click here)

(To download brochure, click here)

(To download flyer, click here)