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kalakaar 2013 international photography contest

Posted in 7 - Events, Publications & Press with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 2, 2013 by designldg

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Laurent has the privilege to be one of the judges of the kalakaar 2013 international photography contest from November 1, 2013 to December 1, 2013
kalakaar.vibha.org

It has started right now…Are you ready to click for a cause…?

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Vibha presents HDRsoft Kalakaar Photo Contest 2013, an annual international photography contest.
This contest is meant to tap into the artistic energy in everyone (kids and adults alike) and use their passion for photography to spread awareness about Vibha and its noble cause of supporting and improving lives of underprivileged children in India and the US.

Themes for the contest: World of Joy and Helping Hand

Participation is free.
Top photographers win valuable prizes and get a chance to showcase their talent.

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Magical Varanasi 12-17 November 2013

Posted in 7 - Events, Publications & Press with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2013 by designldg

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MAGICAL VARANASI is a 5-day programme involving PHOTOGRAPHY, YOGA & INDIAN COOKING lessons in Varanasi (Benaras), the oldest living city in the world.
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M A G I C A L V A R A N A S I > > > I N D I A > > > 12 – 17 NOVEMBER 2013Join us for a FIRST EVER 5-day programme in VARANASI INDIA to coincide with DEV DIWALI, one of the most auspicious annual festivals in Varanasi dedicated to the Holy River Ganga (when it is believed the gods descend on earth). An experience not to be missed!The 5-day MAGICAL VARANASI programme involves PHOTOGRAPHIC EXCURSIONS with Laurent Goldstein, an internationally acclaimed French photographer based in Varanasi. We will explore sites off the beaten track, where very few tourists go.We’re including INDIAN COOKING LESSONS to learn the intricate art of blending and mixing spices.

To complete these experiences, we’re also including YOGA CLASSES with Norma Kidson, a certified Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) from South Africa.
Don’t forget to pack your yoga mat!

You are FREE to participate in the 5-day MAGICAL VARANASI programme entirely AT YOUR OWN LEISURE!

This programme is limited to 15 people, so BOOK YOUR SPACE NOW by contacting us here on the MAGICAL VARANASI Facebook page.

COST: ONLY 600 € PER PERSON.

For more information you may visit the MAGICAL VARANASI page on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/MagicalVaranasi
“Travel brings power and love back into your life.” (Rumi, famous Sufi Poet of the 13th century)

MASCULAR Magazine – Issue No. 4

Posted in 7 - Events, Publications & Press with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 4, 2013 by designldg

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Laurent Goldstein is in MASCULAR Magazine – Issue No. 4 | Winter 2013 with a series of 16 pictures “PEHLWAN-THE INDIAN WRESTLERS OF VARANASI” from page 136 to page 145.

Please download it here (50MB):

www.mascular.co.uk/Magazine/Issue4.Winter2013/Mascular4

(When opening this magazine be aware that there are a few pictures with “explicit content” there)

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“Bouddha” by Jean Boisselier and Trinh Xuan Thuan

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“May you all be happy!” is picture of a lotus flower at Bodh Gaya, in the Indian state of Bihar, the place of Gautama Buddha’s attainment of nirvana (Enlightenment).
It was selected to make the cover of “Bouddha” a book by Jean Boisselier and Trinh Xuan Thuan published by Gallimard and released the 7th May 2013.

ISBN : 9782070141579

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Geo histoire N°6

Posted in 7 - Events, Publications & Press with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2013 by designldg

Geo histoire N°6

 

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“The Truth of Your Own Nature” is a close-up of the huge statue of Maitreya Buddha which is in a temple inside Thiksey Monastery in front of the Himalayan hills of Ladakh.

This picture was published page 58 & 59 in GEO HISTOIRE N°6
Le bouddhisme : de la naissance de Siddharta à l’exil du Dalaï-Lama.
DECEMBRE 2012 – JANVIER 2013

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CARTIER ART MAGAZINE Issue 30 RIVER

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CARTIER ART MAGAZINE
RIVER
Issue 30
February 29, 2012 – June 15, 2012

“Embracing a Golden Heaven” a picture published page 65

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Dans la ville d’or et d’argent

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“Sakina” is a picture of the bulb roof of the Chhota Imambara, also known as Hussainabad Imambara or the Palace of Lights, located in Lucknow, the city of the Nawabs in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh.
It was selected to make the cover of “Dans la ville d’or et d’argent”, a novel by Kenizé Mourad.

 

Kenizé Mourad’s new biographical novel “La Ville d’Or et d’Argent”, published in French, Italian and Spanish, has not yet appeared in English.

 

Kenizé Mourad is a French writer and journalist whose reporting on Middle East and Indian issues was published under her real name, Kenizé de Kotwara.
Amazingly, Ms. De Kotwara only became aware of her Turkish-Indian parentage in her late teens.

 

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• Kenizé Mourad’s mother:
Kenize Mourad’s mother was in fact a granddaughter of the Ottoman Sultan Mourad V, the Sultana Selma Rauf Hanin (born in Istanbul in 1914 and died in Paris in 1941).
Selma’s story itself was a case of fact being stranger than fiction. She grew up in Istanbul in the years following the First World War, leading the secluded and frivolous life of a little princess, but always peeking out trying to observe life outside: Istanbul is occupied by the Greeks, the British and the French.
She has a chance to meet and be fascinated by Mustafa Kamal, the man who would modernize Turkey, free Turkey from foreign occupation, and at the same time, free the country from the ruling Ottoman dynasty.
Selma and her mother have to leave the country and live in exile in Beirut, where the lively young girl is able to enjoy the relative freedom of Lebanon at that time.
Since the girl is vivacious, her mother feels that a suitable marriage must be arranged before she compromises herself beyond repair. In fact they have become penniless.
This means diplomatic woman’s work around the available royalty – after a disappointment with the King of Albania, an Indian Rajah is chosen.
So the girl is sent off almost alone to India, where she learns that she is expected to live in purdah.
Selma’s life of adventure, and the events that lead her to be alone and pregnant in Paris just as the Germans invade in 1939, is told in Kenizé Mourad’s novel Regards from the Dead Princess, first published in French in 1987, after years of research in Turkey, Lebanon and India.
This book is a real labour of love, and the authoress, who had no memory of her mother, tiptoes between the love she would have wished to express and some bitterness over her mother’s rather erratic behaviour.
Her pen-name Mourad is a homage to her mother’s ancestor, Sultan Mourad.

 

• Kenizé De Kotwara’s father:
Kenize De Kotwara, the journalist, takes her name from her father, Rajah Syed Sajid Hasain Ali of Kotwara (born in 1910 and died in 1991).
Kenizé only found out her own identity when she was about twenty, so she never as an adult knew her mother, but she did get to know her father. The painful story of this young French girl is told in Mourad’s second family novel, “Le Jardin De Badalpur” (published in French, Spanish, Italian but seemingly not in English).
It follows the girl from her earliest belief that she was an orphan, brought up first in the family of a Swiss diplomat and then by Catholic nuns, a typical Parisian student of the 1960’s.
She then finds herself in an unknown India, not as a tourist but as the daughter of a Rajah who in the meantime had formed another family, unaware until then of the existence of this daughter, having been led to believe that Selma’s daughter had been stillborn.
Although the authoress gives her heroine another name (Zahr), the book is an autobiography, taking us through her childhood and the difficult years until she finally comes to terms with a new self.
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In her new book, Kenize Mourad recounts the story of Begum Hazrat Mahal it is available in French as “La Ville d’Or et d’Argent” (The City of Gold and Silver, i.e.Lucknow), and in Italian as La Principessa Ribelle (The Rebel Princess).
This is a biographical novel whose heroine is the fourth wife of the King of Awadh, who led a rebellion of Northern Indian States against the British Colonial Powers represented both by the East India Company and by the Crown.
The novel is set around around the First War of Indian Independence of 1857, also know as the Sepoy Rebellion.

 

The novel has two themes: the romantic, mainly imaginary tale of the girl Muhammadi, a poetess, who becomes wife of the King of Awadh (Oudh) and takes the name of Hazrat Mahal. Mahal is the title given to the mother of a royal prince.
Her personal story – how she has poor relations in the Zenana (part of the house reserved for the women), how she loses love for her husband and later becomes involved with one of the rajahs leading the revolt, how she manipulates to have her young son and not one of the sons of more senior wives nominated to the crown so that she becomes Regent – is not really special.
Yet is keeps the story from being dry history.

 

The second theme of the novel is the historical part, the military history, the political and economical analysis of the Indian State of Awadh (Oudh), of the unethical dealings of Britain’s East India Company, the faith of certain Indian Rulers in the British Crown, in Queen Victoria, how far removed they were, how physically long it took for messages to go back and forth, rendering the local British officers and functionaries of the East India Company subject only to their own good sense and conscience.

 

This book recounts massacres on both sides, the siege of Lucknow, the destruction of much of India’s heritage and treasure, and since the country had to wait another 90 years for independence, there is no happy ending.

 

Ms. Mourad with her different backgrounds manages to put herself wholly behind the Indian point of view, while not sparing her unease with many aspects of Indian life and society.

 

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Kenizé Mourad’s interview in French:
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