Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Pak Taliban warns govt and rejects ceasefire

The Pakistani Taliban have warned the government of a severe backlash if it continues making claims of dismantling militant operations in different parts of the country's northwest.

A statement issued by the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan made a veiled reference to Interior Minister Rehman Malik's remarks that the government had the militants in a corner thanks to its counter-terrorism strategy and rejected demands for a ceasefire ahead of any peace talks.
The statement was issued by the militants on Sunday, a day after Malik claimed security forces had broken the back of the Taliban.
Malik had also said that the people should unite to root out terrorism as Pakistan was moving towards "durable peace". The Taliban said that people calling on the militants to declare a ceasefire should seek an end to air strikes in Pakistan's tribal areas.
"Have those asking us to take serious steps ever called for a halt to the bombing of tribal regions by the Pakistan Air Force and American drones," said the statement issued by Taliban spokesman Ihsanullah Ihsan.
"We had offered peace talks in the national interest but secular elements did not like our serious offer and they have started making non-serious demands."
"Certain elements were describing the Taliban's offer of talks as a sign of weakness. Such remarks can force us into making a fearsome response," Ihsan further said.
The Taliban statement further called on the government to act quickly on its offer for talks as time was running out.
The militants have made several offers for talks to the government but Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan Chief Hakimullah Meshud has made it clear that his fighters will not disarm.
The government has insisted that the militants should lay down arms and declare a truce before any talks.
Hungarian Cultural Programmes: March - April
From: Hungarian Newsletter  Mon, 11 Mar '13 10:27p
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Dear Friends,
After the successful opening of the most anticipated exhibition of the season, "AMRITA SHER-GIL – THE MAGYAR CONNECTION" we shall present a photo exhibition by eminent Hungarian Lithuanian photo artist Paulius Normatas who captures the gypsies from both India and Hungary. The concert tour by the world acclaimed HAYDN BARYTONTRIO BUDAPEST shall charm the music lovers in Delhi, Pune, Goa and Bangalore. In April, we shall have the concert tour of the KODÁLY STRING QUARTET who will play along with pianist Marouan Benabdallah in Delhi, Gurgaon, Pune, Mumbai and Goa. We also bring prize winning photographer, László Berta's photo exhibition capturing the wild in Hungary and the Indian subcontinent. Not to forget the exciting workshop for our young budding artists, who shall paint Easter eggs in the tradition Hungarian style.

So don't miss our extravagant events for the coming months and I wish you Happy Holi and Happy Easter.
Tibor Kovács
Director and Cultural Counsellor
Details of our upcoming events can be seen below by clicking on the date in the table followed by an interesting interview with a Hungarian artist couple and snapshots from our past events.
Dates Type of programme Topic of the event
March 04
Mon, 6:00 pm
Literary evening "Woman's role and destiny in Magda Szabó's works" by Dr. Edit V. Gilbert
March 5–March 22 Exhibition Photo exhibition 'WITH A WANDERING LENS' by Paulius Normantas
March 10–April 10 Exhibition Sculpture exhibition "METAL BREATHES LIFE" by
B. S. Chauhan
March 14,
Thursday, 6:00 pm
Film screening "THE BRIDGEMAN"
March 15
Friday 5:00 pm
Petőfi Book Club Presentation on REVOLUTION of 1848 by
Dr. Ágnes Kirpalani
March 18–
March 28
March 25
Mon, 6:00 pm
Exhibition Painting exhibition "DIFFERENT STOKES ON CANVAS" by Arshi Ahmed
April 3-12 Concert Tour KODÁLY STRING QUARTET and Marouan Benabdallah India Tour
April 9
Tues, 6:00 pm
Exhibition Photo exhibition "ODD-ONE-OUT" by László Berta
April 11
Thurs, 9:30 am
Children's porgramme Egg painting workshop EASTER DELIGHT
April 15
Mon, 6:00 pm
Literary evening DAY OF HUNGARIAN POETRY - Sándor Weöres by Dr. Margit Köves
April 18,
Thurs, 6:00 pm
Film screening "THE DOOR"
April 22,
Mon, 6:00 pm
Language students programme CSOMA DE KŐRÖS commemorative day
April 26,
Fri, 6:00 pm
Exhibition Photo exhibition "EYES THAT CAPTURE" by international photographers living in Delhi
April 30,
Tues, 6:00 pm
Children's programme AWARD CEREMONY for on the spot painting competition

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Balassi Institute
Hungarian Information & Cultural Centre New Delhi

March 04

Mon, 6:00 pm
Lecture by Dr. Edit V. Gilbert

Edit V. Gilbert, Ph.D, dr. habil, Associate Professor at University of Pécs on Department of Literary Theory and Modern Literature M.A. in Russian and Hungarian at the University of Szeged, leads courses on 20th century world literature, mainly Russian and Hungarian novels and their comparative analysis. She published and edited books (Ways to Master and Margarita by M. Bulgakov), one of Hungarian translators of Lyudmila Ulitskaya's works. Her most recent research interest is bibliotheraphy. Her current project is: From Periphery to Centre: www.pecsdecentrum.extra.hu. This project examines the different literary and cultural trends of 16 countries/language areas prevailing in the second half of the 20th century, starting from the "Russian story".

The current lecture analyzes the novels and the life of the famous and important Hungarian writer Magda Szabó.

March 5-22

Inauguration on Mar 5 at 6 pm
Gypsies in India and Hungary
Photo exhibition by Hungarian–Lithuanian photo artist Paulius Normantas

The exhibition forms a unique sync of the gypsies in Hungary and India showcasing the similarities yet the distinctions in them. Depicting the wandering life-style of the Gypsy tribes of Rajasthan with beauty, dignity and intense emotions, while giving a more factual ethnographical 'report' on the already settled Hungarian Gypsy community of Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg county is the main characteristics of Normantas' photographs. One can see the two groups of pictures as a comparative study through the lens of this wandering photographer.

at HICC lawns
March 10-April 10
Sculptures by B. S. Chauhan

Creativity is a part of the artist's life. He sketches his ideas every day. He is an artist, inventor and a sculptor. His sketch-book is full of designs which look more like art. B. S. Chauhan, the sculptor, has a very creative mind, full of ideas and way beyond the present. Steel is the form of his creative expression which transcends all human limits. His quest is cosmic and exponential, yet earthy and natural.

Fábri Film Club
March 14

6:00 pm
Hungarian film, directed by Géza Bereményi (2002), colour, duration: 145 minutes

The story of the film takes place between 1820 and 1860 set against the Habsburg Monarchy, and portrays the life of a Hungarian aristocrat, who was born with extra-ordinary mental and spiritual talents and into a wealthy background. In the years following the fall of Napoleon the young count Széchenyi irresponsibly seduces his brother's wife, and the consequent scandal ruins his career as an officer.

The sudden death of the humiliated woman brings a drastic change in the character of the formerly shallow young man, who after this event becomes obsessed with responsibility, and seeks to conquer his fate by creating great works.

Petőfi Book Club
March 15

5:00 pm
15th of March - the anniversary of the Revolution's outbreak

Presentation by Dr. Ágnes Kirpalani

The Hungarian Revolution of 1848 was one of many of the European Revolutions of 1848 and closely linked to other revolutions of 1848 in the Habsburg areas. The revolution in the Kingdom of Hungary grew into a war for independence from the Austrian Empire, ruled by the Habsburg monarchy.

Many of its leaders and participants, including Lajos Kossuth, István Széchenyi, Sándor Petőfi, József Bem, are among the most respected national heroes in Hungarian history.

Concert Tour
Neemrana, Delhi, Pune, Goa and Bangalore
March 18–
March 28
The HAYDN BARYTONTRIO BUDAPEST was founded by Balázs Kakuk in 1980 with the intention to revive Joseph Haydn's almost 200 compositions for baryton - an original instrument of Prince Esterházy Miklós, the Magnificent - in order to perform the pieces in authentic and original instrumentation. The Ensemble plays all Barytontrios from Haydn as well as quintets, octets and the barytondivertimenti from other composers of the Esterházy circle. Film music records, TV-production's, concert tours worldwide.The members of the trio include Balázs Kakuk, József Spengler and András Kaszanyitzky.

18th March, Monday 7:00 pm: Neemrana Fort - Palace
19th March, Tuesday 3:30 pm onwards: American School,
New Delhi (Workshop and Concert)
21st March, Thursday 6:30 pm: India International Centre,
New Delhi
23rd March, Saturday 7:00 pm: Mazda Hall, Pune
26th March, Tuesday 7:30 pm: Art Chamber, Goa
28th March, Thursday 7:30 pm: Alliance Francaise, Bangalore
March 25-April 4
Paintings by Arshi Ahmed

Artist Arshi Ahmed has held several exhibitions in India and abroad and has today become a recognized name in the field of art. She has had the privilege of displaying her works in places abroad like London, Berlin, Slovakia, Prague, Vienna and Oman. Her vision and understanding set her on a different platform where her creation portrays the depth of her talent by exploring the hidden.

"As a painter, I feel delighted to provide my bit of contribution in this vast and wonderful world of art," quotes Arshi Ahmed.

Concert Tour
Gurgaon, Delhi, Pune, Mumbai and Goa
April 3-12
The Kodály String Quartet, formed in Budapest in 1966, has continued to exemplify the greatest standards of the rich Hungarian musical tradition which it has carried on with such extraordinary distinction throughout the world over four decades of international appearances. International critics have been lavish with remarkable acclaim for the Kodály Quartet's numerous (over 50) recordings, including the monumental undertaking of the complete cycles of Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert for Naxos. The members of the quartet are Attila Falvay (violin), Erika Tóth (violin), János Fejérvári (viola) and György Éder (violoncello).

The Kodály String Quartet will play along with Marouan Benabdallah. Not yet thirty-three, acclaimed pianist Marouan Benabdallah is indisputably the leading representative of his native Morocco on the international concert stage, having recently performed debut recitals at Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Aspen Music Festival, Teatro Colon with the Buenos Aires Philharmonic Orchestra, the Castleton Festival Orchestra under the baton of Lorin Maazel.

With a musical heritage deeply rooted in the Hungarian tradition, Mr. Benabdallah Marouan received his formal training at the Béla Bartók Conservatory and the Ferenc Liszt Academy in Budapest, and in 2008, was presented with the Medal of the Hungarian Parliament for his achievement in music – an honor he shares with such artists as Placido Domingo, José Cura and others.

3rd April, Wednesday 7:00 pm: Epicentre, Gurgaon
(Kodály String Quartet and Marouan Benabdallah)
4th April, Thursday 7:00 pm: India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
(Kodály String Quartet and Marouan Benabdallah)
5th April, Friday 7:00 pm: Mazda Hall, Pune
(Piano recital by Marouan Benabdallah)
6th April, Saturday 7:00 pm: Mazda Hall, Pune
(Kodály String Quartet and Marouan Benabdallah)
7th April, Sunday 6:30 pm: Maquinez Palace Auditorium, Goa
(Piano recital by Marouan Benabdallah)
7th April, Sunday 7:00 pm: Mazda Hall, Pune
(Kodály String Quartet)
9th April, Tuesday 7:00 pm: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Mumbai
(Kodály String Quartet and Marouan Benabdallah)
10th April, Wednesday 7:00 pm: Experimental Theatre, NCPA, Mumbai
(Kodály String Quartet)
12th April, Friday 6:30 pm: St. Michael's Church, Taleigao Goa
(Kodály String Quartet)

April 9-24

Inauguration on 9th April at 6 pm
Wildlife photography by László Berta

László Berta was born in Hódmezővásárhely, in a town which is well known about its cultural life. It seems that that town has a special atmosphere what inspired people by visual arts because numerous acknowledged photographer were born there. Maybe the vivid cultural life influenced him from his early age when he began to learn photography and as a student he took pictures passionately. Due to his passion for nature, persistence and outstanding artistic quality he was admitted to Hungary's most dignified nature photographer organization, naturArt in 2000 and he became member of the board in 2004; he is now the vice president of naturArt. He has had several individual and collective exhibitions both in Hungary and abroad like Belgium, Germany, Italy, India and Sri Lanka. His most successful individual exhibitions are: Observed moments, As I saw, Faces of Asia, and Those wonderful birds. His pictures were awarded many times by the Hungarian "The nature photographer of the year", OTP Travel & National Geographic, AVES 2004 in Namur, Belgium, Belgian Nature Photo Expo, but he is most proud of his win in Sri Lanka in 2004 when he won the Sri Lankan nature photographer competition and was elected for the nature photographer of the year in Sri Lanka.

Egg painting workshop
April 11,

Thursday 9:30 am onwards
Painting eggs is a Hungarian folk tradition during Easter related to the revival of nature at spring time. The Hungarian Centre celebrates the joy of Easter with a workshop for school children to paint Easter eggs. During the workshop, the young and talented artists would learn different techniques of painting eggs.

April 15

Monday 6:00 pm
Sándor Weöres

Sándor Weöres (1913-1989) is a poet of enormous range and virtuosity. He was recognized as a poet in his infancy and his poetry was published by Nyugat, the greatest Hungarian literary journal when he was fifteen. He was a prolific translator of Chinese, Assyrian, Sumerian and Sanskrit poetry among other literatures. On his hundredth birth anniversary we remember him with readings from his poetry, excerpts of literary essays and his drama The Beast with Two Heads.

Fábri Film Club
April 18

6:00 pm
THE DOOR (Az ajtó)
Hungarian film, directed by István Szabó (2012), colour, duration: 98 minutes

Magda, a female writer struggling for success, employs an elderly woman called Emerence to be her housekeeper. From their first encounter, it is clear that Emerence is no ordinary maid. Although everyone in the neighbourhood knows and respects her, no one knows anything about her private life or has ever been allowed to enter her home. However, a dramatic event in the writer's life prompts Emerence to unveil glimpses of her traumatic past – a past which sheds light on her very peculiar behaviour. The Door brilliantly illustrates the bond as it develops between these two very different women and, ultimately, the tragic end of their relationship.

Language students programme
April 22

Monday 6:00 pm
On the occasion of the birth anniversary of Alexander Csoma de Kőrös, prize for Hungarian studies will be distributed to the outstanding students.

April 26-May 3

Inauguration on 26th April at 6 pm
An exhibition of international photographers living in Delhi

Coming from different backgrounds and countries, Melinda Ruck, Katerina Svitilova, Iboiya Jeszenszky and Borbála Szij have found themselves in the same place - likely for different reasons and different motivation - but with one common passion: Photography.

Children's Programme
April 30

Tuesday 6:00 pm
The winners of the on-the-spot painting competition will be felicitated according to age groups. This year the themes of the exhibition were Hungarian Folk Art and Amrita Sher-Gil.

Snapshots from the past events
The Virgin and the Beast, Hungarian play at the Bharat
Rang Mahotsav, New Delhi on
20th January
Seminar on Amrita Sher-gil
on 29th January
Viltin Gallery, Budapest in the India Art Fair 31st January – 3rd February

Inauguration of exhibition
on 1st February
On the spot Children's painting competition 14th February

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