February 26, 2013

Surabhi again!

This was the day I have been waiting for. Please read my earlier post "Surabhi: the India one must see...and be proud of" where I compared Surabhi to New York's Broadway.. 

In this post, I had said, "If people hadn’t heard about Surabhi, it is because this group of skilled performers have no means to get the right kind of publicity. They performed in Hyderabad, 5 days a week for six whole months, thanks to government patronage, but there was hardly any crowd despite the low priced ticket of Rs 15!"

I had also said, "It is a typical story of simple, genuine people, with huge talent, being forgotten, while all the attention is on those pseudo-intellectuals with their ‘nothing-on-the-stage-you-have-to-imagine-it' kind of theatre, which corporate giants patronise, and for which people spend Rs 500-Rs 2000 per ticket, and clap even as they wonder why they are clapping!"

Today, the Alliance Francais has priced the tickets for Surabhi at Rs 1000, Rs 3000 and Rs 5000! Yes, this is what Surabhi deserves! And what's more, they will be travelling to France! 

This was the day I have been waiting for. Go, Surabhi, go! 

And, thank you, Alliance Francais.



February 20, 2013

Busy with MOOC


I haven't written in a long time. I have been busy with various things, one of them being the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) that I am doing. The course I chose to do is called E-learning and Digital Cultures (EDC), and it is being hosted by the University of Edinburg, UK. I have about 41,999 classmates! I am learning a lot, discovering a lot, thinking a lot, and I am amazed at how many little windows are opening in my head. I am loving it!

It took me about 3-4 days to figure out how to do this course, and now, in Week 4, I am quite comfortable with it. I started another blog for the course, thinking that I would review films I am seeing, and the academic papers I am reading. But, I soon realised that I am taking on too much, and am now trying to restrict my activity to reading, seeing the films and participating in discussions.

The 5-week course ends next week, and I need to submit a digital artefact before it is over. I am working on it and should come up with something soon.

 This course is totally worth the effort, and if one can spend 2-3 hours a day, it can easily be done. Do check out Coursera...they offer several courses, and they are all free!

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