Events & Activities
On the following pages, please find information about the activities and projects of the Austrian Cultural Forum New Delhi. Select from the menu on the left to find out more about our projects and events.
“Die Österreichische Strasse” by Lana Berndl at the 10th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala
The Austrian documentary “Die Österreichische Strasse” (The Austrian street) was selected as an entry for the 10th International Documentary and Short Film Festival of Kerala (16th – 20th of June at the Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala). The film portrays the construction works of the “Austrian street” leading through the Altai mountain ranges of today´s Kazakhstan done by Austrian World War I. prisoners. Supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum New Delhi the Austrian director, documentarian, author and curator Lana Berndl will personally present her oeuvre together with her cinematographer.
Atma India – Tour
21.07.2017 Bb-Flat, Bangalore
28.07.2017 Cultural Forum, New Delhi
29.07.2017 Piano Bar, New Delhi
Muthu Kumar — tabla, composition
Grilli Pollheimer — percussions, electronics
Patrick Dunst — reeds, composition
Aman Mahajan — piano
Atma translates into “soul” from Sanskrit and best describes the approach of this ensemble to music. The musical output of these exquisite four musicians is a borderless interpretation of its name and with ease fuses the musical styles Indian classical, western classical and jazz. Atma was founded in August 2015 in Bangalore, India starting in an uncommon trio setup consisting of two percussionists and a reed player. For the tour through India in July 2017, the trio has been extended to a quartet, adding the musical polyglot Aman Mahanjan on piano. The musical heart of the ensemble is Muthu Kumar, a Bangalore based Tabla virtuoso, who is a student of Zakir Hussain and has during his career already shared the stage with Alice Coltrane and other Jazz stars. Additional to his musical mastery he also contributes numerous compositions to the current program. Furthermore, the ensemble consists of Grilli Pollheimer, who is a well acclaimed Austrian Percussionist, who is classically trained and has enriched the Austrian scene in different contexts during the last ten years. Aman Mahajan, has studied at the acclaimed Berklee College of Music in Boston, and is one of the most promising Indian jazz musicians of his generation. The woodwind specialist Patrick Dunst, who has fused different music traditions with his ensembles Tribal Dialects and Tripod, is the second composer of this program and additionally lends the band his melodic voice. Together, these extraordinary musicians fuse compositions based on Indian konokol and enrich them with western harmonies. The result is a homogenous music that sounds less complex than it is below the surface.
The Austrian Cultural Forum New Delhi organizes a focus week on “Calliope Austria” women in Society, Culture and Sciences from 18th to 25th of August 2017. An exhibition, films and lectures will be shown and held at different locations in Delhi.
World´s largest 3D crystal´s atomic structure
On the occasion of Prof. Kristina Djinovic-Carugo´s, Head of the Department for Structural and Computational Biology at the Vienna Biocenter, participation in the committee of the XXIV Congress and General Assembly of the International Union of Crystallography the Austrian Cultural Forum New Delhi proudly supports the presentation of the world´s largest 3D crystal´s atomic structure built by the Austrian scientist Dr. Robert Kickl.