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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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Gender Bender 2023

Gender Bender is a one-of-its-kind-annual festival held in Bangalore, India, that offers space for important conversations that aim to contribute to our constantly evolving understanding of gender and its implications, including the need for intersectionality, with artists and audiences alike. The festival showcases works created by the grantees, and also includes curated performances, panel discussions, exhibitions and workshops.

Gender Bender 2023: December 8 - 10

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bangaloREsidency-Expanded 2023

bangaloREsidency-Expanded aims at establishing long-term artistic exchange through a novel practice of collaboration wherein Indian artists get to work in Germany, gain access to the art practice of the other culture and thereby enrich their own creativity.

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NAGARIKA Online Archive

NAGARIKA, which is devised as an interactive, online archive of Indian Somatic Traditions and Contemporary Expressions is a collaboration between Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts and the Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore. 

NAGARIKA will be developed in collaboration with Chris Ziegler, media artist (Germany), Kunihiko Matsuo, digital artist (Japan) and others between January 2023 and December 2024. This project has been funded by the Goethe-Institut.

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