About

The National Foundation for India (NFI) is collaborating with India International Centre(IIC) to present a three-day festival, ArtEast on 1, 2 and 3 February 2018. The festival is curated by Kishalay Bhattacharjee, formerly of NDTV and at present Associate Professor at O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonepat. ArtEast has been conceptualised as a multi-dimensional festival with talks, discussions, film screenings, performances, exhibitions and installations located in the different venues at the India International Centre.An underlying focus of the festival is to raise pertinent questions through Inter/Sections in art, livelihood, social justice, climate change, communication, history – past and present, issues that have a far reaching impact on every day lives of people and of the nation. ArtEast 2018 is the second edition of the festival


 
 

Events

Work Room Design

An Ode to Bamboo

A tribute to M P Ranjan, design evangelist and one of the world’s top design thinkers. Ranjan was a senior professor and a principal faculty at the National Institute of Design, (NID), Ahmedabad till his death in 2015.






Venue: Art Gallery, Kamaladevi Complex, India International Centre

  Opening on 1st Feb 2018, 5 p.m.
2nd – 7th Feb 2018, 11a.m.- 7p.m.

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An Unseen Tunnel Inside A Displaced Proletarian - year 2018

A mixed media installation that takes the viewer through a tunnel travelling and experiencing the transitional point of green space to grey space- the crisis of ecological disorder and the un-sustained urban pressure.
Sukant Panigrahy - New Media Artist
Kaur Chimuk - New Media Artist

Venue: Art Gallery, Kamaladevi Complex, India International Centre

  Feb 1- 7
11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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Photographs-Paintings-Drawings-Illustrations- Poetry-Bamboo Objects of Everyday Use

Artists: Arati Kumar Rao, Photographer & Writer; Parasher Baruah, Cinematographer; Pankhi Saikia, Painter; Sumana Roy, Poet and Writer

Venue: Art Gallery, Kamaladevi Complex, India International Centre

  Feb 1-7
11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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In The Neighbourhood ( 1st - 7th Feb )

Illustrating life and living in the North East by Biscoot and Rain
Visual Artists: Sirawon Khathing and Ben Ezra Ning


Venue: Quadrangle Garden

  Feb 1-7

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Up, Down and Sideways (83 mins/English)

Directed by Anushka Meenakshi & Ishwar Srikumar who will introduce the film.
A musical portrait of a community of rice cultivators and their memories of love and loss in Phek village, Nagaland.


Venue: C C D Deshmukh Auditorium

  Feb 1, 6:30p.m.- 8:00p.m.

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Of Pinecones and Sacred Forests

Presented by Rida and the Musical Folks and Dak_ti Craft

  Venue: Gandhi-King Plaza       

Feb 2-3 11:00a.m to 7:00p.m.

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Lecture Demonstration by Rida and the Musical Folks

A musical storytelling session followed by the story of the instruments, the 'skit' (beats and rhythm) and the craft of creating them.
Presented by Rida Gatphoh- Singer, Writer, Composer
Instrument making by Bah Rojet Buhphang & Risingbor Kurkalang
Shaun Morehead- Bom (traditional big drum) & Ksing (traditional medium drum) Bah Rojet Buhphang- Tangmuri (traditional shehnai) & Padiah (traditional small drum) Risingbor Kurkalang- Maryngod (traditional violin) & Sitar (traditional sitar) Amarnath Hazarika- Duitara (traditional guitar) & acoustic guitar.

Venue: Gandhi-King Plaza

  Feb 2, 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

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Beyond the Bengal Famine: Film and Panel Discussion

Bengal Shadows (45min/English) Directed by Partho Bhattacharya and Joy Banerjee
Screening of Bengal Shadows followed by panel moderated by social scientist Shiv Visvanathan in conversation with the filmmaker Partho Bhattacharya.
The Great Bengal Famine of 1943 is considered by many to be one of the worst holocausts in modern history owing to what is perceived as either the willful negligence or the active connivance of the British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. We know that Churchill diverted food and medical supplies meant to help starving Bengalis, to theatres of war fearing above all, Hitler’s advance in Europe and the Japanese advance through East Asia during World War II. We know too that he felt contempt for his Indian subjects and, in particular, their efforts at principled resistance to colonialism. Yet many questions remain around the famine. Was it even a purely localized Bengal famine or were its effects felt further afield? What was the real cost of these millions of deaths from mass starvation and why is it an almost forgotten episode of history?






Venue: Seminar Rooms I to III, Kamaladevi Complex, India International Centre

  Feb 2 , 2018, 3:45p.m. - 6:00p.m.

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Sha Shiahkrot (Tea Ceremony)

By Dak_ti Craft
Sha Shiahkrot is an indigenous tea preparation from the root of a wild plant that is found in the forest of Meghalaya in North East India. The part that is used for the tea preparation is the root which is flashing red on the inside and brown on the outside. one single shiahkrot plant can bear up to 10 of such roots that are supplying the plant with rich nutrients and medicinal properties. The taste of the tea is described by locals as refreshing and aromatic, unique in its spice-like but mild flavour that feels soothing to body and soul. Though being a medicinal plant, it doesn't taste strong or even bitter but rather slightly sweet and fruity. The major threat to shiakrot today is the massive deforestation, which is taking place due to large-scale cash crops, coal mining and fire wood exploitation.
The traditional snacks made from ancient grains, traditionally grown, and unique. Still using the age-old cooking methods and cooked in earthen pots. This original food has been the same for years - pure, simple and wholesome.
The black clay kettles and platters will be used to serve the tea and snacks

    Venue: Quadrangle Garden  

    Feb 2, 6:00p.m.- 6:30p.m.

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Ima Sabitri

Ima Sabitri (57mins/Subtitles) Directed by Bobo Khuraijam
Film on actor Heisnam Sabitri and her incredible sixty years in theatre.




Venue: C D Deshmukh Auditorium

  Feb 2 , 6:45p.m.- 8:00p.m.

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Black Clay Poetry/Pottery

A display of traditional tableware and cookware range developed by Dak_ti Craft and a team of women potters from Jaintia Hills, Meghalaya.An interactive session by Dak_ti Craft with Milda Shylla and Yophie Shylla.Conceptualised by Rida Gatphoh

  

Venue: Feb 3, Gandhi King Plaza

  11:00 a.m. – 7:00p.m.

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My Name is Eeooow (52 mins/English) Directed by Oinam Doren

The film revolves around Kongthong, a hamlet in East Khasi Hills about 60km from Shillong, and a traditional practice called the Jyngwrai Iawbei. The tradition is to have musical tunes as names in honour of the clan ancestress. The song names come as an expression of the mother’s love for her new born.

Venue: C D Deshmukh Auditorium

  Feb 3, 5:00p.m.- 5:50 p.m.

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Game of Thrones: China-Burma-India Campaign of WW II

The jungle war that was the China-Burma-India campaign of the Second World War was the most unconventional, colourful and dramatic of battles. Marked by internecine squabbles and political intrigues, and coupled with enormous stakes, neither the Allies nor the Axis powers were willing to let go of this front. From the heroic transport flights over the “Hump” of the Himalayas to drop supplies to the Chinese resistance to the most prodigious engineering feats of the Manipur and Ledo Roads, this battle was amongst the fiercest and demanded ingenuity at all levels. Who were these mavericks and why were the powers so desperate to control this front? What was really at stake in this, till recently, little acknowledged and yet critical, theatre of war?
Kai Friese, Journalist; Ruchir Joshi, Writer and Film-maker; Hemant Katoch, Author and Researcher; Catriona Child, Writer Moderated by Professor Kishalay Bhattacharjee, Author and Journalist

Venue: Seminar Rooms I to III, Kamaladevi Complex, India International Centre

  Feb 3rd, 2018, 2p.m.- 4p.m.

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The Other Silk Route : Spookery,Trade and the Great Game

The ‘Old Silk Route’ or the ‘Other Silk Road’, which passes through east Sikkim, was probably discovered by traders in 1st century ACE. A part of an ancient network of trade routes, for centuries it served as a lifeline connection between China and India. But besides trade, the ‘Roof of the World’ has held an irresistible allure for many political powers that have fought to dominate the Tibetan plateau. By the 19th century, the Great Game was afoot and the British colonisers of India launched dozens of spies disguised as pilgrims and monks across the Himalayas onto the plateau; in many ways that Game continues to play out today even as some players have endured and others have not.
Panelists:Professor Siddiq Wahid, Author & Historian; Diki Sherpa, Researcher; Professor Parimal Bhattacharya, Author and Teacher Moderated by Dr. Gitanjali Surendran, Historian

Venue: Seminar Rooms I to III, Kamaladevi Complex, India International Centre

  Feb 3rd, 2018, 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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Elements

A concert by Mi Ku, a contemporary folk ensemble from Nepal
Pushpa Palanchoke, vocals; Kobid Bazra, sarangi; Samyog Regmi, guitars; Riken Maharjan, abss; Bikesh Bazra, nagara; Merit Maharjan, percussions; Prabin Maharjan - drums, Sangam Panta - sound
Mi Ku, a contemporary folk ensemble from Nepal, sings about ‘Mitho Kura’, meaning sweet things of all sorts. They depict this very motive in the form of warm and witty poetic expressions, and in music that is derived from a wide array of world music.
Its unique and soulful compositions aim to stage human emotions as raw as they could be. The sound and song structures are the passionate outcome of conscious attraction towards various Nepali Ethnic Music, of which storytelling is integral and ‘expression’ remain as the ultimate goal. Meanwhile, the effort is to present Nepali sounds in an avant-garde manner.

      Venue: Fountain Lawns        

Feb 3, 6:00- 7:30 p.m.

Venue

India International Centre

40, Max Mueller Marg

Lodhi Estate,

New Delhi,

Delhi 110003

 

 

 




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