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200th Birth Anniversary Max Mueller Bicentennial

Friedrich Max Mueller, philologist and scholar, would have turned 200 in December 2023. A German scholar, philologist, orientalist and Indologist, he significantly transformed the disciplines of science of religions and comparative study of languages. The import of his legacy, however, endures through his extensive work of translating Indian languages and scriptures, which consequently shaped global perceptions of Indian culture. As namesake of the Goethe-Instituts in India, his bicentennial serves as an occasion not just to remember but to revisit his renown, while critically engaging with the complexity of his contributions. This dossier goes beyond tribute to delve into Max Mueller’s historical role, influence and relevance within contemporary India.

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Our vibrant library now has a felicitous children’s corner, a capacious media center, a rich collection of German and a selected curation of English and Tamil media: Books, Magazines, Newspapers, Films, Music and Games. For kids and adults alike, we have a plethora of activities.

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A residency program for lens-based artists and photographers from Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka intending to work with local resources to research and develop cross cultural bodies of work on shared histories, cultures and environments.

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Science Film Festival 2023: Reimagine, Recreate, Restore

In 2023, the Science Film Festival is the official supporting partner of the United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration. The theme is a rallying call for the protection and revival of ecosystems all around the world. 

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TRAVELING PATTERNS is a project conceptualized by Goethe-Institut Chennai and concretized and executed in collaboration with DakshinaChitra and Tara Books, which brings together 4 designers from India and Germany into exploring and developing contemporary patterns drawing inspiration from traditional motifs, figures and decorative elements from wooden blocks, created by Indian artisans and block-makers that would find innovative applications also in other formats and fields

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