Public Lectures 2004

Grand Prize 2004: Amjad Ali KHAN

Sarod – Heaven and Man Become One
September 18, 2004 (14:00 - 17:00)
IMS Hall
Sarod player
Mr. Amjad Ali Khan, Mr. Amaan Ali Bangash, Mr. Ayaan Ali Bangash
Tambura player
Mr. Shafaat Ahmed Khan
Prof. Fujii Tomoaki (Chubu Institute for Advanced Studies)

Public Lecture by Mr. Amjad Ali Khan was held in IMS Hall on September 18, and he introduced his idea and thought on his specialized field in his special performance.

Preceding the concert, Professor Fujii introduced the achievements made by Mr. Amjad Ali Khan and illustrated the characteristics and attraction of Indian classical music, comparing them with those of Western music.


At the first half of his stage, Mr. Khan explained about the structure of the instrument sarod and its unique performance technique, commenting that the sarod can create human voice by pressing strings with the tip of one’s nail, not with fingers.  Since the day fell on the birthday of Ganesh, the Hindu elephant-headed god, Mr. Khan began the stage by playing the “Rage Ganesa Kalyan.”  He encouraged the audience who was listening attentively and quietly not to be shy to express their own feelings as Indian music requires audience to feel the music together with performers.

The latter stage began with the tune, titled “Raga Bageshwari” played by Amaan and Ayaan, Mr. Khan’s two sons.  Mr. Khan, then joined, commented that he wished the sarod music which has been handed down for generations from his ancestors would reach in the hearts of the audience and the music shall be succeeded for years to come with further blessing.  After this all the three performed “Batiyar / Bifu” and “Raga Kirwani, a folk ballad of Bengal and Assam respectively, receiving an ovation from the floor.

After the program, autograph session was held at the lobby, inviting long queue of devoted fans.

Academic Prize 2004: LI Yining

Can Japan-China Cooperation Encourage the Economic Integration in the East Asian Region
September 18, 2004 (18:00 - 20:00)
ACROS Fukuoka Event Hall
Mr. Tokushima Chihiro (President of Tokusui Corporation)
Professor Watanabe Toshio (Faculty of International Development, Takushoku University)
Professor Kojima Tomoyuki (Faculty of Policy Management, Keio University)

Public Lecture by Prof. Li Yining was held in ACROS FUKUOKA on September 18, and he introduced his idea and thought on his specialized field in his lecture, talks with panelists.

Coordinator Professor Kojima introduced Professor Li’s achievements stressing three points -- (1) great contribution to China’s rapid economic growth, (2) engagement in education of talented economic reform promoters, and (3) endeavors he has rendered for the advancement of Japan-China friendly relations.

keynote speech

In his keynote speech, Professor Le stated notable features and future prospects of China’s economic reform, saying that China needs to accelerate the ‘transformation of government functions, protection of private assets, and adjustment of income allocation.’  Measures targeted farmers and the unemployed in big cities were also introduced. He declared that the future of China would be bright since it would maintain its pace of the development, which would be of tremendous benefit to not only in China but the East and Southeast Asia as well.

He concluded his lecture by appealing the importance of cooperation between Japan and China as well as mutual complement of their superiority.

Panel discussion

At the following panel discussion, Mr. Tokushima commented that while the economy in China was the lifeline for Japanese economy, Chinese economy faced problems in such areas of energy and agricultural policies.  Professor Watanabe followed, illustrated the high dependency of Chinese economy on foreign investment, and suggested that China transform its national economy in the direction for further sophisticated industrial structure.  Professor Li said that the dependency ratio on foreign investment is not a major issue for China.  He exemplified the ground why China could maintain its growth at an annual rate of 7 % for the coming 20 years.  The heated discussion triggered many questions from the floor, showing the high interest in Chinese economy among the audience.

Professor Kojima concluded the forum by making a proposal that mutual supplementation of economy between Japan and China is of prime importance, even though the two countries always face political issues.

Academic Prize 2004: Ram Dayal RAKESH

Women Carry and Revive Folk Culture for the Future
September 19, 2004 (13:00 - 15:30)
ACROS Fukuoka Event Hall
Ms. Hasunuma Miyoko (Curator at the Mithila Museum, Niigata)
Ms. Mori Jun (Director, the Association of Dental Cooperation in Nepal)
Professor Ohji Toshiaki (School of Human Culture, University of Shiga Prefecture)

Public Lecture by Dr. Ram Dayal Rakesh was held in ACROS FUKUOKA on September 19, and he introduced his idea and thought on his specialized field in his lecture, talks with panelists.

The hall was brightly decorated with large and small sizes of Mithila folk art.  Coordinator Professor Oji located Mithila region on the map of Nepal at the beginning of the forum.

Part I “The World Folk Art Depicts”

In the first part, Ms. Hasunuma projected photographs she took in Mithila to introduce actual rituals and how women draw Aripan art on the floor of their houses.  She commented that the drawing gave Mithila women chances to express themselves.  Dr. Rakesh followed and gave practical comments on the spiritual background found in Mithila folk art and its drawing techniques, commenting that the art depicts the past experience and present life of native people living in the area.

Part II “The World Women has Passed Down”

In the latter half of the program, Ms. Mori also used images to introduce Nepalese women she encountered through her volunteering activities of dental treatment in Nepal.  She acknowledged the women, who hardly have any right to speech in their community, have dedicated their time and efforts in volunteering activities to improve health conditions for themselves and their children.  Dr. Rakesh then exemplified Mithila women for their passion to the art and their commitment to commercialize their work for self-reliance, saying the future of the women is shining. Audience gave him questions such as a discrimination issue and how women have changed after they gained income, throwing conditions of exploitation by the owner of women’s empowerment groups, discrimination by status or races, and other issues they suffer from into question. 

Audience appreciated the Mithila folk art exhibits after the forum. 

* Aripan – geometric pattern art drawn at rituals

Arts and Culture Prize 2004: Sembukuttiarachilage Roland SILVA

Spirit of Conservation, Spirit of Creation
September 19, 2004 (16:00 - 18:00)
ACROS Fukuoka Event Hall
Professor Nakagawa Takeshi (School of Science and Engineering, Waseda University)
Professor Muramatsu Shin (Institute of Industrial Science, the University of Tokyo)
Professor Fujihara Keiyo (Faculty of Design, Kyushu University)

Public Lecture by Prof. Dr. S. Roland Silva was held in ACROS FUKUOKA on September 19, and he introduced his idea and thought on his specialized field in his lecture, talks with panelists.

At the beginning of the forum, Professor Fujiwara introduced the achievements of Dr. Silva and explained the forum would examine how cultural monuments and assets relate to our life and future.

Panel discussion

Panel discussion began with Professor Silva’s detailed introduction of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle area with slides, in which he said the numbers of assets and past achievement provide us with knowledge and inspiration to follow in the future.  Supplementing Professor Nakagawa’s assertion that Sri Lanka and Japan are rare in Asia to share similarities in their chronological distinctive cultural forms, Dr. Silva said it was because the both face the mainland, sharing the island culture in common.  Professor Matsumura then asked about Sri Lanka’s originality against the culture in Indian, inviting enthusiastic discussion. 

In the latter half of the forum, Professor Nakagawa introduced the restoration activities of cultural assets he engages in Ankhor in Cambodia and Fue in Vietnam.  Professor Matsumura also told audience about the activities of mAAN, which he commits as one of the key members. 

A question came from the floor, asking if Mt. Fuji could be listed as the world heritage site.  Dr. Silva replied that people have already appreciated the international value of Mt. Fuji and was an important asset to be registered in a world heritage list. 

Professor Fujiwara concluded the forum, stating that protecting cultural assets and at the same time raising the charm of each area would increase high expectations for rich future. 

* mAAN: modern Asian Architectural Network

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