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This Diwali, with a ban on firecrackers firmly in place, we were inspired to look beyond clicktivism and to find out what people were actually doing to make the festival season easier on the environment.
The design ethos of Mumbai-based Parallax Design Studio cannot be forced inside a box. The team loves ‘design’ in all its manifestations and constantly strives to push its boundaries in both its projects and products.
Mumbai-based Parallax Design Studio harbours a keen interest in exhibitions, teaching and competitions, a fact that encourages the team to constantly innovate and remain keyed into the latest in design.
#ActiveWomen with RJ Shruti Sharada – #Theatre Artist Deepika Arwind’s #Comic Take on Everyday #Sexism
Mid-way into this interview, Deepika Arwind remarks that imagine, imagine in a time far away from today, when all these (sexist) things have been sorted out, how absurd it would feel that we used to say such things at some point! Imagine trying to think about a strange man on the street saying to a woman that he wants to touch her. Imagine a time when it was common to ask a woman who complains of a sexual attack if she had been drunk!
#GenderBender with RJ Shruti Sharada – Himani Pant’s Devised Theatre Piece ‘Hysterical Hysteria’ Questions #MentalIllness
“What if I told you that mental illness does not exist? What if we as people are just extremely sensitive beings?” This was the proposition that Delhi-based theatre-maker, theatre performer, and facilitator Himani Pant brought to the Gender Bender 2017 event, organised by Sandbox Collective and Goethe-Institut/ Max Mueller Bhavan Bangalore, and supported by The Ladies Finger.
‘Amma Is In Town’ is spare, conversational, and intuitive – a lyrical essay that invokes humour and a bubbling sense of desperation while discussing the relationship dynamics between a mother and a daughter. Aarthi’s piece is low on frills, and aptly, she presented it while sitting on a chair on the stage, with absolutely no embellishment around.
#GenderBender with RJ Shruti Sharada – Arunima Bose’s Tactile #Installation About Rethinking #Pleasure
The Gender Bender 2017 transpired over the weekend of September 9th and 10th at the Goethe-Institut Bangalore/ Max Mueller Bhavan. Co-organised by Sandbox Collective and supported by The Ladies Finger, the event featured the works-in-progress of 10 artists selected from a pool of 120 applicants. One of them was Arunima Bose.
The research for Shilpa Kothakota’s project took over a year, but its inspirations will last a lifetime. At the ‘Gender Bender 2017’, she will present a contemporary take on the ‘Yellammanaata’, a traditional performance style that originates primarily from North Karnataka. The original form is ritualistic and long, running the length of 10 or more hours of darkness some times, but this version will be much shorter and much more modern in its references.
In this interview with RJ Shruti Shara...
New Delhi-based Untitled Design are masters at realising sustainable projects that dexterously marry elegant functionality and traditional artisanship.
Untitled Design is led by Amrita Guha and Joya Nandurdikar. In over a decade of existence, the firm has worked on residential, hospitality, and c...
Shiva Pathak is the co-founder of Bengaluru-based Sandbox Collective, an organisation that curates, produces, and tours performances, and which also is the co-organiser of ‘Gender Bender’, an event that provides artists from across the country a chance to showcase their works that question establ...
#GenderBender with RJ Shruti Sharada: Sreecheta Das’ Film on Chaina Pal – #Kolkata’s Sole Female Idol-maker
Sreecheta Das’ short film started at a point of intrigue. Born and raised in Kolkata, being immersed in the noise and celebrations of Durga Puja is second nature to her. But, as the years passed, she noticed a glaring omission – that of a female artisan creating idols of Goddesses.
Filmmaker Vaishnavi Sundar is on a mission to be heard. She considers her film camera to be an extension of her body, the instrument which helps her document and comment on the social issues she cares most about.