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`Raqs Media Collective’: The caste pursuit of hyper cool

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  Umar Nizar Quality vs energy is the major thesis of the Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn who held daily workshops at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in 2018. The ‘meritocratic’ pretensions of third world elite are brutally dispelled by his radical stance. It is ironical that there are ‘radical’ collectives foisting rotten idealism, in the guise of …

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Bahujan Art Festival TISS 2018

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  Bahujan Art Festival is an initiative to give platform to the artists from the marginal Bahujan community, to express their Challenges, Struggles and Success. This Video is a documentation of the event which happened in the TISS Mumbai Campus on 16th of December. Video Documentation: Nikhil Latagajanan.  {youtube}Dsuz7nG3CmI{/youtube} ~~~ [Via Somnath Waghamare]

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भारतीय शास्त्रीय कलाएं और सामाजिक सरोकार

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  संजय जोठे (Sanjay Jothe) भारतीय कलाकारों, खिलाड़ियों, गायकों नृत्यकारों के वक्तव्य बहुत निराश करते हैं। उनके वक्तव्यों में आम भारतीय मजदूर या किसान या गरीब के सामाजिक सरोकार एकदम से गायब हैं। उन्होंने कला को व्यक्तिगत मोक्ष या अलौकिक आनन्द की जिन शब्दावलियों में गूंथा है उसमें फसकर कला और कलात्मक अभव्यक्तियाँ भी इस …

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Dignity of the Dead and Living Bahujan cannot be Separate

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  Pinak Banik                         Continued from Part 1 The purpose of the “Story of Nangeli” appearing on Facebook in Orijit Sen’s own words is:“This comics story is dedicated to Rohith Vemula (1989-2016), who, like Nangeli, chose death over a life of indignity.“ Tribute to …

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From Breast Tax to Brahminical Stripping in Comics: Orijit Sen and Brahmin Sadomasochism

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  Pinak Banik “Only dead dalits make excellent dalits.Only dead dalits become excellent sites where revolutionary fantasies blossom!” ~ Anoop Kumar The context for this article centers around the selective fetishising of Dalit Bahujan whose deaths were ‘spectacles’ and hence “become excellent sites where revolutionary fantasies blossom”. This comes served with obscene explicitism via White …

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Art and Ambedkarism: A Conversation with Sambhaji Bhagat

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Yogesh Maitreya Somewhere in 2012, back in Nagpur, I had read an article on Sambhaji Bhagat, poet, balladeer and a rebellious playwright from Maharashtra. He is also a vigorous Ambedkarite activist, in his own words, “main Babasaheb ka baccha hu” (‘I am the descendent of Babasaheb’). While living in Nagpur I had hardly heard of …

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Max Mueller Bhavan’s Sleep Walk: White-Brahmin Collaborative Gaze

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  Akshay Pathak The deeply uneven relationship between the oppressors who forcefully define, speak on behalf of and claim to represent and those they oppress, is a function of power. Art can pose a major challenge to such power, but often in the hands of the oppressor, art serves as a tool for the perpetuation …

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Sanskritization or Appropriation: Caste and Gender in “Indian” Music and Dance

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  Sreebitha P. V. Two recent articles in The Hindu address the question of caste and gender in Indian Music and Dance. The first article titled ‘Sanskritization and Culture’, highlights the fact that many artists from the field of dance and music have rejected and embraced Sanskritization at different points in history. The second article, …