Bharatanatyam Group: Picturing Canterbury

Bharatanatyam Group. Discovery Wall. CCL-FlKr-6973578025. Licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 NZ.

Bharatanatyam Group

Date: 10 March 2012

A Bharatanatyam group performing a traditional South Indian dance, at Culture Galore 2012. Bharatanatyam is one of the Indian classical and traditional dance forms from South India.

Do you have any photographs of traditional Indian performances in Christchurch? If so, feel free to contribute to our collection.

The Discovery Wall is a large interactive exhibition which allows several people to simultaneously explore images and stories of the history of the people and places of Christchurch. It is viewable on the ground floor of Tūranga, Central Library, 60 Cathedral Square, Christchurch, New Zealand. Images displayed on the Wall can also be found on the Discovery Wall website.

The colourful book covers of 2012

I posted earlier on the best book covers of New Zealand books this year. Here is another selection of the year’s best covers. There are two camps – The richly colourful:

And the equally beautiful, more tonally subdued tomes:

More book cover delights:

2012 – AAAaaaaaaarrrgggh

If the movie 2012 has left you fascinated with Mayan prophecies, the Apocalypse, etc there are a few books to peruse on the end of the world and the 2012 astronomical predictions and forecasts.

Dark futures and dystopias are a perpetual source of fascination for readers and writers;  we like to explore how the human race might pan out. Society’s fears are projected into our method of demise, in today’s climate change obsessed world people predict water levels will swamp us all, technology fears make writers imagine a world where computers and robots do us in.

But if this just gives you the willies, try this for a little injection of lightness …