Says Maureen Gonsalves, Cultural Coordinator, Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan, “One of our major activities are the German language courses, which went online almost immediately after the lockdown was announced. Currently, 35 to 40 courses are being taught online. The new semester starts in May and for the first time in India, it will be fully online from the elementary level, A1, to the advanced level which is C1. However, youth courses and special courses will not be offered right now. The teachers have been training for this. So, the courses will be as per our international standards.”
Goethe on Demand
Apart from the online media part which is already there, Goethe on Demand has been launched. “Under it, in cooperation with Filmgalerie 451, an eclectic collection of films can be streamed and watched till June 30. All you need to do is write to us at [email protected] with the subject line Goethe on Demand and get the password. We also have our regular film archive catalogue. Register for free or log in at mein.goethe.de to start streaming.”
Maureen provides, “The institute in Kolkata was planning to display screen a strong documentary referred to as Muhi: Generally Temporary (2017) and maintain an interplay with the filmmakers. Now, that can be online, together with the interplay. All the institutes will provide that on April 22. Another factor is that on our central web site, our head workplace has invited responses and views on the present disaster from artists, curators and decision-makers from everywhere in the world. From Bangalore, we invited three of our author companions to put in writing an article and that can be posted online.”
She provides, “The head office has also set up a digital platform called Kulturama. It is a global cultural calendar where our cultural partners from all over the world can enter their events. It is free of cost to enter the event and the calendar can be accessed from anywhere. It is basically a platform to initiate support for artists. If any organiser wants to put a link to a website where one can donate, that is also allowed.”
There can even be different occasions that can be curated each week and which can be up to date on https://www.goethe.de/ins/in/en/sta/ban.html.