The objective of the CMI Arts Initiative is to
provide a space for students, professionals and anybody else
keenly interested in the humanities and arts to interact and
learn from experts in these areas. The CMI Arts Initiative is
K.V. Subrahmanyam, and
Online talks, 2021
Unfortunately, the CMI-Sangam House writers' residency programme is
on hold for 2021. To keep the spirit of the programme alive, we have
planned a series of monthly online talks and readings by writers.
Details of the talks are given below. To receive a link to join the online
talks, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, 12 April, 2021, 21:00 IST
Ruth Padel, Beethoven: How to Think About the Making of an Artist
Abstract: Ruth Padel will read from her new collection "Beethoven Variations - Poems on a Life". The poems describe Beethovan's early psychological and emotional shaping, the onset and effects of deafness, his ambivalent relations with his patrons, his failures in love, both with women as well as with Karl, the nephew he adopted as his son.
About the poet:
Ruth Padel is an award-winning British poet with close ties to Greece, classical music and wildlife conservation, author of twelve acclaimed poetry collections and a wildlife novel set in India. Her non-fiction includes a book on tiger
conservation and books on ancient Greek drama. She is Professor of Poetry at King's College London and Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature. Awards include First Prize in the National Poetry Competition and her poems have appeared in New York Review of Books, London Review of Books, New Yorker, Times Literary Supplement and Guardian. She grew up playing classical music on viola and piano; the first money she ever earned was 5 pounds for playing viola in Westminster Abbey. She lives in London and is currently writing a book on elephants. Her website is www.ruthpadel.com.
Thursday, 18 March, 2021, 20:00 IST
Anne Tannam and Fióna Bolger, Summing Up
Abstract: Anne Tannam and Fióna Bolger are both poets
based in Ireland but with connections to India and Chennai. In their
reading they will explore the themes of loss and gain, numbers and
accounting, stasis and movement, through their words.
About the poets:
Anne Tannam has published two poetry collections; Take This Life
(WordOnTheStreet 2011) and Tides Shifting Across My Sitting Room Floor
(Salmon Poetry 2017), with a third, Twenty-six Letters of a New
Alphabet forthcoming with Salmon later this year. For more information
on Anne's poetry, visit www.annetannampoetry.ie.
Fióna has had her poetry published in India, Ireland and
the US. Her first collection, a compound of words came out with Yoda
Press, Delhi in 2019. Her grimoire, The Geometry of Love Between the
Elements was published by Poetry Bus Press in 2013. She works as a
creative writing facilitator with workshops in Dublin, Delhi and
Chennai, on Zoom! Her website is www.fionabolgerpoetry.com.
Thursday, 18 February, 2021, 21:00 IST
D W Gibson, The Changing Nature of Work, Globalization & Borders in the 21st Century
Abstract: At the end of the 20th Century, the spread of
democracy and capitalism promised to bring increasing freedom and
progress to the globalizing world. How did that turn out? After more
than a decade of conducting interviews, DW Gibson will discuss what he
has learned about the tensions between globalization and borders,
between capitalism and the workers who keep it churning. He will also
share brief excerpts from two of his books.
About the speaker: DW Gibson is the author of the
award-winning book The Edge Becomes the Center and Not
Working. He shared a National Magazine Award in the U.S. for his
work on "This Is the Story of One Block in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn," for
New York Magazine. His work has also appeared in Harper's, The New
York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation and The Caravan.
Writers in residence
CMI is proud to host a writers' residency programme in cooperation with Sangam House. Under this programme, CMI supports
international writers each year for a residency of 4–6
There will be no fellowships awarded in 2020–2021 due to the CoViD-19 situation.
Cindy Lynn Brown, Denmark, January–February, 2020
Panagiotis Gavriiloglou, Greece, January–March, 2020
Francesca Marciano, Italy, January–February 2019
Mindy Gill, Australia, February–March 2019
Emily Holleman, USA. January–March 2018
Per Bloch, Denmark, February–March 2017.
Carlos Eduardo de Magalhães, Brazil, January–February 2017.
Claus Ankersen, Denmark, February–March
Leonora Skov, Denmark, February–March
N.S. Koenings, USA, February–March
Mathilde Walter Clark, Denmark,
Karen Jennings, South Africa,
Jeremy Tiang, Singapore, January
Arun Kashalkar (Hindustani Vocal), 25 August, 2016,
accompanied by Vishal Moghe and Mukul Kulkarni (vocal
support), Praveen Karkare (Tabla) and Vyasmurti Katti
M.V.N. Murthy (Hindustani Veena), 19 April, 2016,
Ravi Shankar R. (tabla).
Sanjay Subrahmanyan (Karnatik Vocal), 30 March, 2016,
S. Varadarajan (violin) and Thanjavur Ramadas (mridangam).
T. Girish (Karnatik Vocal), 29 February, 2016,
R.K. Sriram Kumar (violin) and K. Arun Prakash
Malavika Sarukkai (Bharata Natyam), 13 October, 2015.
T.M. Krishna (Karnatik Vocal), 9 October, 2015,
Akkarai Subhalakshmi (violin), N. Manoj Siva
(mridangam), and B.S. Purushotham (kanjira).
CMI invites distinguished professionals and academicians from
the arts and humanities to give a series of lectures and
performances of about 15-20 hours, spread over two or three
weekends, on a topic of their choice. We expect these lectures/
performances to be accessible to anyone with a passion to
learn. CMI provides the space and the necessary infrastructure
for this interaction to happen. Our hope is to reach interested
people who will attend the lectures/performances and go back with
a deeper understanding of the topics discussed.
We expect such an interaction to be an enriching experience,
both for the selected participants and the teachers involved. In
order to make the interaction more meaningful, however, we
select at most 25 participants for each event.
'Harnessing Creativity' Workshop by Anne Tannam, October 15 and
Poetry Writing Workshop by Sue Butler, October 3 and
Mesoamerica Resiste by Tyler Norman, February 17,
Islamic Heritage of Tamil Nadu by S. Anwar,
October 11, 2014
South Indian Temple Architecture by Chithra Madhavan,
November 9 and 16, 2013
Film Appreciation by Parvathi Nayar,
August 31, September 8 and 14, 2013
An Interaction with Bharatanatyam by Priyadarsini Govind,
March 2, 9 and 16, 2013
Ramayana in the 21st Century by Arshia Sattar, February 9,10,16
and 17, 2013
A Walk through Karnatik Music by T.M. Krishna, October 20, 27 and November 3, 2012
Art Appreciation by Sadanand Menon, September 8, 15 and 22, 2012