Delving into the arts

MOG Foundation in collaboration with the Raza Foundation is organising Raza – Souza Dialogues, a two-day symposium on February 23 and February 24 from 5 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. at Museum of Goa, Pilerne. NT BUZZ gets you the details


A two day symposium titled Raza – Souza Dialogues has been conceived to be an ideational exchange between eminent artists and scholars of diverse disciplines who will hold panel discussions between seemingly disparate arenas of art and expertise including contemporary visual art, literature, design and also art institutions and administration.

The symposium curated by poet, art critic, cultural theorist, and writer Sabitha Satchi constitutes of four discussions between nine eminent artists and art institution builders from all over India. Sabitha is an assistant professor of English at the University of Delhi for the last fifteen years.

An art critic, freelance curator, cultural theorist, poet, and writer, she, writes and publishes in both English and Malayalam.

The Raza Foundation is an arts and culture organisation established by late Sayed Haider Raza. It has been instrumental in creating spaces for various art and culture programmes, publications and fellowships to the younger talent and also carrying a deeper research into the work of the masters.

Graphic artist Orijit Sen and fashion designer, Wendell Rodricks will be in a dialogue moderated by Sabitha Satchi on Saturday, February 23 from 5 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.

The dialogue on art and design would touch upon textile history, supporting local craftsperson and indigenous traditions as well as working with art and design collectives. Orijit’s work as a graphic artist and novelist, and Wendell’s writings where art, design and writing intersect will also be discussed.

From 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Arundhati Ghosh, Suresh Jayaram and Subodh Kerkar will have a dialogue on art institutions. Their conversation will focus on India Foundation for the Arts as a patron for arts and ideas.

The importance of art institutions that support experimental work, community outreach and mentoring as well as the significance of artist-driven contemporary arts-institutions will be the highlights of the conversation.

On day 2, February 24, from 5 p.m. to 6.30 p.m. Hemant Divate and Damodar Mauzo will speak on the on the relationship between Marathi and Konkani literature, writing and publishing in ‘bhasha’ languages and the politics of ‘bhasha’ literature. The discussion will also touch upon the idea of writer as publisher and the role of the writer in today’s times. This session will be moderated by Subodh Kerkar.

The last session from 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. between Jeet Thayil and Sabitha Satchi will be a dialogue on the written word. Here, Jeet Thayil will talk about Narcopolis, The Book of Chocolate Saints and his other published works.

The conversation would also traverse through his process of research and writing for music. Sabitha Satchi would discuss her own work as poet/lyricist in Insurrections Ensemble: an Indian/South African poetry-music collaborative project. She will also talk about her poetry, music and transcontinental solidarity as well as writing in contemporary times.

The symposium is open to all and free of charges.


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