Schedule

Session Time Venue Panelists Summary
Inaugural Session 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM  

 

 

 

 

Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre

 Festival directors
10:30 AM – 10:35 AM Rakesh Kacker – Festival Director Welcome Address
10:35 AM – 10:42 AM Rizio Yohannan Raj – Creative Director ILF Samanvay: An introduction
10:43 AM – 10:50 AM Apoorvanand – Programmes Curator Theme 2016: Language as Public Action
10:50 AM – 10:55 AM Ashok Vajpeyi – Managing Trustee, The Raza Foundation ILF Samanvay and The Raza Foundation: A reflection
10:55 AM -11:00 AM Vidyun Singh – Director of Programmes, IHC Vote of Thanks
Inaugural Lecture -Empowerment as Verb: The Power of Voicing 11:15 AM – 12:10 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Ela Bhatt Ela Bhatt’s lecture will draw from her efforts to bring empowerment to women and the marginalised by making them use the active word, the verb, the term of action. It will thus bring forth the relevance of a public cultural space like ILF and its current theme, ‘Language as Public Action’.
Law as language: All but the truth…? 12:15 PM – 01:10 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Flavia Agnes | Karuna Nundy| Upendra Baxi As a ‘mostly’ constitution-abiding nation, we have come to negotiate our lives around law. Considering, most aspects of our lives are now justice-abled, is our experience of ‘truth’ satisfactory or do we need to take a relook at our delivery of justice?
Lunch Break | 01:15 PM – 02:00 PM
Conversing conflict: The Chhatisgarh Experience 02:00 PM – 02:55 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Ashutosh Bharadwaj | Bela Bhatia | Kalpana Kannabiran Convenient truths usually make the cut in conflict areas. When state clashes with the local population, communication breaks down, the panel will discuss what happens when normal life is disrupted.
Voices to record: Khasi & Tripuri 03:00 PM – 03:55 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Patricia Mukhim |Pradyot Debburman Language is the basic tool of expression and our only way of interpreting indigenous history, culture, and tradition to the outside world. Without language we would have lost our roots and with that our identity and a sense of the ” Self” vis-a-vis the Other.
“What people are you?”: Telugu Identityspeak 04:00 PM – 04:55 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Satish Chandar | Satyanarayana | Sujata Surepally | Volga There’s a conflict of identities in Telugu today. Looking at the implications of differing selves, the panel discusses whether Telugu is a divided house today.
Sexuality intersects: Searching for tongues? 05:00 PM – 05:55 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Abhina Aher | Dhrubo Jyoti | Gautam Bhan | Pramada Menon This panel explores if there is a lack of language to talk about sexuality in all its forms. The challenge lies in the creation of languages to first describe the emotions and then enable their expression in public spaces. When the other has already been created, sexuality gets pushed to be the domain of the others rather than an encompassing concern.
Mi Casa Tu Casa: Dictating Spanish 06:00 PM – 06:55 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre José Luis Paniagua | Martín Suaya | Maneesha Taneja This panel discusses how the Spanish language has reflected polar emotions of conquering and being conquered. The Spanish and Argentinian stories of the language would reveal how a tongue can indeed dictate!
Mahabharata 07:30 PM onwards Narmada @ Stein Auditorium Anurupa Roy & Katkatha team This performance with puppets, masks, shadow puppets and materials looks at the Mahabharata as a dynamic narrative which has evolved over a few thousand years through the sung verses of Togalu Gombeyatta’s Sillakeyata Mahabharata and remains relevant in the polarised conflict ridden world of today.
Session Time Venue Panelists Summary
Colliding thought bubbles: Speaking One’s Mind 10:30 AM – 11:25 AM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Ravish Kumar in conversation with Apoorvanand This session explores how feasible is it to speak one’s mind in big media and the difficulties of speaking in our times.
Gujarati today: What difference does it make? 11:30 AM – 12:25 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Ghanshyam Shah | Jayesh Solanki | Jignesh Mevani | Saroop Dhruv This panel looks at what is perceived as the crisis of shared experience and of creativity in Gujarati.
Art as imaging: Sites under re-construction? 12:30 PM – 01:15 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Anurupa Roy | Zuleikha Chaudhuri This panel discusses the motives and processes of artistic construction of images in a particular epoch. How does an reconstructed image become relevant to the times? Two artists with practices so different from each other’s discuss this question.
Lunch Break | 01:15 PM – 02:00 PM
Indian Cinema (Right) Now: Margins in the Centre? 02:00 PM – 02:55 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Mihir Pandya | Swara Bhaskar Stories of those in the margins are entering mainstream in a big way. This session will explore the question of caste, gender, sexuality and language of small towns becoming mainstay in Hindi cinema
Collaborator: Guftugu Speaking of Women: The Language of Control 03:00 PM – 03:55 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Neha Dixit | Ritu Menon|Shubra Gupta | Vrinda Grover This panel would be on the distortion and manipulation of language in public space (media, film, law, “culture”), especially with a view to diminishing/ controlling women and their bodies, movement, speaking up, and range of choices in life.
It’s not just about competition: bhasha ke sansar aur sanskar 04:00 PM – 04:55 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Alok Rai | Francesca Orsini Often in the public sphere, there are issues between languages and then there’s the politics between them. Some of their identity is derived from the people who speak it. This panel hopes to discuss the many aspects of language and the emphasis it places.
Hum Khawateen: Women and the Urdu wor(l)d 05:00 PM – 06:30 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre A performative reading by theatre group Raschakra: Alka Ranjan | Purwa Bharadwaj | Rizwana Fatima | Shweta Tripathi | Vinod Kumar A new performance and discussion based on the writings of Muslim women from about a century ago
Love in the times of fury: Young readings from Great Indian poems 06:30 PM – 07:25 PM Amravati @ the Plaza Steps Student translators will be chosen from around the city of Delhi to recite poetry The students will recite poetry on Love
Evening Performance: Dreams of an Indian Youth 07:30 PM onwards Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Gorati Venkanna & team Being a champion of the Telanaga movement, his voice represents the aspirations of the people. His songs and poetry speak of a future where the Indian youth will find their voice and discover themselves, while also contributing to the betterment of the country at large
Session Time Venue Panelists Summary
Can we run from big media? 10:30 AM – 11:25 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Aditya Nigam | Seema Chishti | Shailaja Bajpai Blogging and social media was co-opted, almost a decade ago, as a medium for news in response to the apathy of big media towards the issues of the marginalised. Most took to it to question the development model being pushed by media houses; anything that questioned it was banished and painted as ‘activism’ by them.
Santhali: Speaking from Multiple Locations 11:30 AM – 12:25 AM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Boro Boski | Kumar Rana | Mahendra Majhi | Munni Hembrom Santhali, as a language, is spoken across five disparate physical spaces such as Assam, Bihar, Bengal, Jharkhand and Orissa. For a culture in transition, the struggle is both cultural and political and this session hopes to look at the transformation from oral traditions to new literature and changing modernities.
Emergent Expressions: Roo-ba-Roo with first generation learners 12:30 PM – 1:10 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Ankur – Society for Alternatives in Education | Pehchan learning group Introducing two new language communities, this will be a curated discussion between these two groups on the shift from oral to the written word.
Lunch Break | 01:15 PM – 02:00 PM
Enter PASSWORD: Touch the idiom of Caste 02:00 PM – 02:55 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Ajita | Aniket Jawaare | Satish Deshpande Through this panel, we would like to question if the present way of adressing caste is the way forward or do we need an alternative language for it. Do we need to demolish the construct of caste or do we want it to remain in some viable and democratic manner?
Nation-Notions: The Great Indian Language/s 03:00 PM – 03:55 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Makarand Paranjape | Shiv Visvanathan Anchor: Rizio Yohannan Raj This panel asks how an ‘Indian’ may make sense of the different narratives/languages of nationalism. In a pluralistic country, can each language become a vehicle of a particular type of nationalism, or can an encompassing spirit of nationalism be injected into all forms of expression? How do these affect one’s idea of citizenship?
Layers of Wounds: How Memories Unfold… 04:00 PM – 04:55 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Rahul Pandita | Urvashi Butalia How does one talk about a wound? Some opt to pick at it, some let it heal, some let it scar. All this can be done through our manner of speech too. Is there a way one can arrive at a public expression of a wound?
Thanksgiving 05:00 PM – 05:10 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Rizio Yohannan Raj
Valedictory address: Satya, Bakwas aur Janatantra 05:15 PM – 06:10 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Pratap Bhanu Mehta
Evening Performance: Toye 07:30 PM onwards Narmada @ Stein Auditorium Jyoti Dogra & team Toye, sanskrit word for water, is a devised piece that examines the actor’s body in performance. Girish Karnad’s Agni aur Varsha is the starting point of this exploration. The piece attempts to find a performance language invested in the body of the actor.
+ Day I: Nov 5 (Saturday)
Session Time Venue Panelists Summary
Inaugural Session 10:30 AM – 11:00 AM  

 

 

 

 

Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre

 Festival directors
10:30 AM – 10:35 AM Rakesh Kacker – Festival Director Welcome Address
10:35 AM – 10:42 AM Rizio Yohannan Raj – Creative Director ILF Samanvay: An introduction
10:43 AM – 10:50 AM Apoorvanand – Programmes Curator Theme 2016: Language as Public Action
10:50 AM – 10:55 AM Ashok Vajpeyi – Managing Trustee, The Raza Foundation ILF Samanvay and The Raza Foundation: A reflection
10:55 AM -11:00 AM Vidyun Singh – Director of Programmes, IHC Vote of Thanks
Inaugural Lecture -Empowerment as Verb: The Power of Voicing 11:15 AM – 12:10 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Ela Bhatt Ela Bhatt’s lecture will draw from her efforts to bring empowerment to women and the marginalised by making them use the active word, the verb, the term of action. It will thus bring forth the relevance of a public cultural space like ILF and its current theme, ‘Language as Public Action’.
Law as language: All but the truth…? 12:15 PM – 01:10 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Flavia Agnes | Karuna Nundy| Upendra Baxi As a ‘mostly’ constitution-abiding nation, we have come to negotiate our lives around law. Considering, most aspects of our lives are now justice-abled, is our experience of ‘truth’ satisfactory or do we need to take a relook at our delivery of justice?
Lunch Break | 01:15 PM – 02:00 PM
Conversing conflict: The Chhatisgarh Experience 02:00 PM – 02:55 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Ashutosh Bharadwaj | Bela Bhatia | Kalpana Kannabiran Convenient truths usually make the cut in conflict areas. When state clashes with the local population, communication breaks down, the panel will discuss what happens when normal life is disrupted.
Voices to record: Khasi & Tripuri 03:00 PM – 03:55 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Patricia Mukhim |Pradyot Debburman Language is the basic tool of expression and our only way of interpreting indigenous history, culture, and tradition to the outside world. Without language we would have lost our roots and with that our identity and a sense of the ” Self” vis-a-vis the Other.
“What people are you?”: Telugu Identityspeak 04:00 PM – 04:55 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Satish Chandar | Satyanarayana | Sujata Surepally | Volga There’s a conflict of identities in Telugu today. Looking at the implications of differing selves, the panel discusses whether Telugu is a divided house today.
Sexuality intersects: Searching for tongues? 05:00 PM – 05:55 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Abhina Aher | Dhrubo Jyoti | Gautam Bhan | Pramada Menon This panel explores if there is a lack of language to talk about sexuality in all its forms. The challenge lies in the creation of languages to first describe the emotions and then enable their expression in public spaces. When the other has already been created, sexuality gets pushed to be the domain of the others rather than an encompassing concern.
Mi Casa Tu Casa: Dictating Spanish 06:00 PM – 06:55 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre José Luis Paniagua | Martín Suaya | Maneesha Taneja This panel discusses how the Spanish language has reflected polar emotions of conquering and being conquered. The Spanish and Argentinian stories of the language would reveal how a tongue can indeed dictate!
Mahabharata 07:30 PM onwards Narmada @ Stein Auditorium Anurupa Roy & Katkatha team This performance with puppets, masks, shadow puppets and materials looks at the Mahabharata as a dynamic narrative which has evolved over a few thousand years through the sung verses of Togalu Gombeyatta’s Sillakeyata Mahabharata and remains relevant in the polarised conflict ridden world of today.
+ Day II: Nov 6 (Sunday)
Session Time Venue Panelists Summary
Colliding thought bubbles: Speaking One’s Mind 10:30 AM – 11:25 AM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Ravish Kumar in conversation with Apoorvanand This session explores how feasible is it to speak one’s mind in big media and the difficulties of speaking in our times.
Gujarati today: What difference does it make? 11:30 AM – 12:25 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Ghanshyam Shah | Jayesh Solanki | Jignesh Mevani | Saroop Dhruv This panel looks at what is perceived as the crisis of shared experience and of creativity in Gujarati.
Art as imaging: Sites under re-construction? 12:30 PM – 01:15 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Anurupa Roy | Zuleikha Chaudhuri This panel discusses the motives and processes of artistic construction of images in a particular epoch. How does an reconstructed image become relevant to the times? Two artists with practices so different from each other’s discuss this question.
Lunch Break | 01:15 PM – 02:00 PM
Indian Cinema (Right) Now: Margins in the Centre? 02:00 PM – 02:55 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Mihir Pandya | Swara Bhaskar Stories of those in the margins are entering mainstream in a big way. This session will explore the question of caste, gender, sexuality and language of small towns becoming mainstay in Hindi cinema
Collaborator: Guftugu Speaking of Women: The Language of Control 03:00 PM – 03:55 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Neha Dixit | Ritu Menon|Shubra Gupta | Vrinda Grover This panel would be on the distortion and manipulation of language in public space (media, film, law, “culture”), especially with a view to diminishing/ controlling women and their bodies, movement, speaking up, and range of choices in life.
It’s not just about competition: bhasha ke sansar aur sanskar 04:00 PM – 04:55 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Alok Rai | Francesca Orsini Often in the public sphere, there are issues between languages and then there’s the politics between them. Some of their identity is derived from the people who speak it. This panel hopes to discuss the many aspects of language and the emphasis it places.
Hum Khawateen: Women and the Urdu wor(l)d 05:00 PM – 06:30 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre A performative reading by theatre group Raschakra: Alka Ranjan | Purwa Bharadwaj | Rizwana Fatima | Shweta Tripathi | Vinod Kumar A new performance and discussion based on the writings of Muslim women from about a century ago
Love in the times of fury: Young readings from Great Indian poems 06:30 PM – 07:25 PM Amravati @ the Plaza Steps Student translators will be chosen from around the city of Delhi to recite poetry The students will recite poetry on Love
Evening Performance: Dreams of an Indian Youth 07:30 PM onwards Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Gorati Venkanna & team Being a champion of the Telanaga movement, his voice represents the aspirations of the people. His songs and poetry speak of a future where the Indian youth will find their voice and discover themselves, while also contributing to the betterment of the country at large
+ Day III: Nov 7 (Monday)
Session Time Venue Panelists Summary
Can we run from big media? 10:30 AM – 11:25 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Aditya Nigam | Seema Chishti | Shailaja Bajpai Blogging and social media was co-opted, almost a decade ago, as a medium for news in response to the apathy of big media towards the issues of the marginalised. Most took to it to question the development model being pushed by media houses; anything that questioned it was banished and painted as ‘activism’ by them.
Santhali: Speaking from Multiple Locations 11:30 AM – 12:25 AM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Boro Boski | Kumar Rana | Mahendra Majhi | Munni Hembrom Santhali, as a language, is spoken across five disparate physical spaces such as Assam, Bihar, Bengal, Jharkhand and Orissa. For a culture in transition, the struggle is both cultural and political and this session hopes to look at the transformation from oral traditions to new literature and changing modernities.
Emergent Expressions: Roo-ba-Roo with first generation learners 12:30 PM – 1:10 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Ankur – Society for Alternatives in Education | Pehchan learning group Introducing two new language communities, this will be a curated discussion between these two groups on the shift from oral to the written word.
Lunch Break | 01:15 PM – 02:00 PM
Enter PASSWORD: Touch the idiom of Caste 02:00 PM – 02:55 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Ajita | Aniket Jawaare | Satish Deshpande Through this panel, we would like to question if the present way of adressing caste is the way forward or do we need an alternative language for it. Do we need to demolish the construct of caste or do we want it to remain in some viable and democratic manner?
Nation-Notions: The Great Indian Language/s 03:00 PM – 03:55 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Makarand Paranjape | Shiv Visvanathan Anchor: Rizio Yohannan Raj This panel asks how an ‘Indian’ may make sense of the different narratives/languages of nationalism. In a pluralistic country, can each language become a vehicle of a particular type of nationalism, or can an encompassing spirit of nationalism be injected into all forms of expression? How do these affect one’s idea of citizenship?
Layers of Wounds: How Memories Unfold… 04:00 PM – 04:55 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Rahul Pandita | Urvashi Butalia How does one talk about a wound? Some opt to pick at it, some let it heal, some let it scar. All this can be done through our manner of speech too. Is there a way one can arrive at a public expression of a wound?
Thanksgiving 05:00 PM – 05:10 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Rizio Yohannan Raj
Valedictory address: Satya, Bakwas aur Janatantra 05:15 PM – 06:10 PM Yamuna @ the Amphitheatre Pratap Bhanu Mehta
Evening Performance: Toye 07:30 PM onwards Narmada @ Stein Auditorium Jyoti Dogra & team Toye, sanskrit word for water, is a devised piece that examines the actor’s body in performance. Girish Karnad’s Agni aur Varsha is the starting point of this exploration. The piece attempts to find a performance language invested in the body of the actor.

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