Sunday, June 10, 2012

malkha in Italy

More on Italian events:

The seminar 'Gandhi & the Textiles of Peace' at Pavia University,  organized by Professor Simonetta Casci at which academics Professor Mushirul Hasan, Director General of the National Archives of India, Dr Mukulika Banerjee from LSE, Dr Emma Tarlo from Goldsmith's, London, Dr Paolo Favero from University of Lisbon and others spoke, and Shripal Shah of Asal, Sally Holkar of Women Weaves & Uzramma from Malkha presented brief accounts of khadi and malkha. It was a chance to introduce malkha and the principles behind it to the wider academic community and we hope there will be more such occasions.

'Gandhi & Occupy Wall Street' was the subject of the lecture to the class of 2012 at Pavia University's post graduate course on Cooperation & Development. It drew parallels between Gandhi's & OWS protests against the greed & inequality of the mainstream economic system... remarkably similar protests, 80 years apart in time. Students were from 14 different countries, and interest in malkha was expressed by Lidet from Ethiopia, Nina from Macedonia and Christina from India.

The walls of the 13th century Chiesa di San Francesco in Como were a magnificent backdrop to the displays of khadi & malkha. The show featured the information panels on Gandhi made by Professor Casci, archive film on his life. It was sponsored by the Sindaco [Municipality]di Como, and opened by the Mayor. Rossana Vittani had done the beautiful display. The show was well received, seen by over a 1000 people, and had to be extended.

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