UK India building bridges through Silk River project

first_imgAs part of the UK India Year of Culture, artists from UK and India have been working together to produce ten large silk flags, during a residential workshop in Murshidabad, as part of the Silk River project, which celebrates the unique relationship between communities along the Thames and Hooghly River. As a result, UK based Kinetika and Think Arts from India and an international team of artists, writers and photographers have captured and interpreted the experience of journeying along these two mighty rivers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWorking in 20 locations from Murshidabad to Batanagar (Hooghly) and Kew Gardens to Southend (Thames) to reinterpret a shared heritage, Silk River will raise cultural awareness of the Indo-British relationship through engaging diaspora communities and connecting young people with artists along the route.Silk River culminates in September-December 2017 with two river walks where the stories of the 20 locations will be revealed to local, national and international audiences through the showing of 20 giant hand-painted Bengali silk scrolls and accompanying performances. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveA film, directed by Steve Shaw, which documents the work of a team of UK artists working with a team of Indian artists to produce ten large silk flags during a residential workshop in Murshidabad, was screened at Nandan III on July 20. The Kolkata flags were on display at the event. Similarly 10 flags have been created in the UK. On July 20, a panel discussion on ‘The importance of place and community in traditional arts’ chaired by Debanjan Chakrabarti, Director British Council East and Northeast India followed the screening. Panelists included Ali Pretty, Artistic Director Kinetika, Says Ali Pretty, Artistic Director Kinetika: “Silk River transposes Kinetika’s walking, talking and making model to an international context for the first time – a tool for re-imagining the relationship between India and UK and changing our perception of our place in the world. Bringing 32 years of experience working between Kolkata and London I am excited to collaborate with a team of talented artists and producers from both countries to create new artworks on Bengali silk and connecting thousands of people through what promises to be an extraordinary journey. Come walk with us.” Says Debanjan Chakrabarti, Director, British Council East and Northeast India,”Silk River involves organisations in UK and West Bengal who work in heritage, culture, craft, tourism and education. We are delighted that this exciting project is part of the UK India Year of Culture, which seeks to showcase innovative and creative work from both countries, building deeper connections between communities.” In Bengal the walk gets flagged off on December 6 at Azimganj and culminates on December 16 at the Botanical Gardens in Howrah. The finale will be held at the Victoria Memorial on December 17. Similar efforts to build connections between people belonging to the two countries will be made during the pujas.last_img

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