Public Lecture & Music Performance

3:30–6:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi



Public Lecture:

Dr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta is President, Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi. He previously taught political theory at Harvard and at NYU Law School.  He has published widely on political theory, India's political economy and law. His forthcoming books include The Oxford Companion to the Indian Constitution (co-edited with Madhav Khosla and Sujit Choudhary) and a short book The Burden of Toleration. He is the recipient of the  prestigious Infosys Prize 2011 and the Adisheshiah Prize, 2010. He has wide public policy experience, including membership of the National Security Advisory Board, and Member Convenor, Prime Minsiter's National Knowledge Commission (2005-2006). He is a prolific contributor to public debates, and is Editorial Consultant to Indian Express.

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Music Performance:

Vineet Vyas and Bageshree were presented an afternoon of classical rhythms and dance of North India. Vineet Vyas was began with a short tabla solo leading to a Kathak dance performance by Bageshree Vaze. They were accompanied by eminent classical musicians of Delhi.

Vineet Vyas is a Canadian exponent of the tabla drums, a disciple of the late Pandit Kishan Maharaj, the legendary master of the North Indian drums. Raised in Nova Scotia, Vineet undertook intensive training in Benares, India with his Guru before embarking on a professional career on the Indian music circuit, and regularly accompanies stalwarts such as Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, Ustad Aashish Khan, and Pandits Rajan and Sajan Mishra. His breakthrough CD ‘Taalworks’ was released by Times Music in India to great critical acclaim, and he was featured in the Bravo! Channel documentary ‘Fingers of Fire.’ Vineet has been featured as a guest artist with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Niagara Symphony, and has played in major festivals and venues in India, the US, Canada, Japan, and Europe. In 2015, Vineet was a finalist for the Toronto Arts Foundation’s Muriel Sherrin Award for International Achievement in Music, and was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore award for his composition work in the production ‘Paratopia.’ In 2017, Vineet is being commissioned to compose ‘Satyam’ by Opera Nova Scotia. Currently, Vineet is a senior AIIS Scholar, he is revisiting the history and repertoire of the Benares Gharana of Tabla.

Bageshree Vaze (Choreographer/composer/Artistic Director) is an Indo-Canadian dance artist and musician. Raised in St. John’s, NL, she initially trained in Bharatha Natyam with teachers in Michigan (Sudha Sekhar) and Bombay (the late Guru T.K. Mahalingam Pillai), and studied Hindustani vocal music with her father, Damodar Vaze. She later trained in Kathak with Jai Kishan Maharaj in New Delhi and studied with the renowned vocalist Veena Sahasrabuddhe in Mumbai. Based in Toronto, Bageshree has choreographed numerous dance works such as 2007’s ‘Tarana,’ 2011’s ‘Avatar (9),’ and 2012’s ‘Damaru/Mudra.’and has three CDs as a vocalist to her credit. MTV India named Bageshree an ‘ubbharta sitara’ and her breakthrough album Tarana (released as Khanak through Times Music in India), a CD of songs adapted and arranged for Indian dance, is accessed by dancers worldwide. Bageshree has been commissioned by and has performed in major festivals including Dusk Dances, the CanAsian International Dance Festival, and Pt. Birju Maharaj’s Vasantotsav festival in New Delhi, and in 2010 she was a co-recipient of the K.M. Hunter Award in Dance. In April 2015 her work ‘Paratopia’ premiered as part of DanceWorks 2014/15 Mainstage Season, and was remounted at the Canada Dance Festival in June 2016.