IMAGINATIONS AND ITERATIONS: PERFORMATIVE SPECTRES OF FREEDOM IN THE UNIVERSITY CONTEXT | 75 min
Soumyabrata Choudhury, Brahma Prakash, Meghna Bhardwaj
Curated by Urmimala Sarkar
In the history of JNU and in the larger context of Delhi, February and March 2016 shall be remembered as months that saw unprecedented and united public protests against attacks on human rights in general and student rights in particular, creating a new interest in the discourse of AZADI. The panelists address this history from their respective understandings of the word AZADI, and its performative understanding, created in and through the moment.
Soumyabrata Choudhury (Ph.D., JNU) is Associate Professor of Theatre at Jawaharlal Nehru University. He has authored, Theatre, Number, Event: Three studies on the relationship of sovereignty, power and truth’ and articles on ancient Greek liturgy, the staging of Ibsen, psychoanalysis, Nietzsche, Schiller and Hegel. He’s directed theatre productions based on the works of Dostoevsky, Shakespeare, Premchand, Mudraraksha, Artaud, Buchner, Kafka and Prakash, and has acted in a number of productions. His current research involves a detailed reading of B.R. Ambedkar’s works in the light of their political and philosophical implications.
Meghna Bhardwaj is a Ph.D. candidate at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi. Currently in the final stage of her dissertation writing, Bhardwaj is working on the idea of ‘contemporaneity’ in dance in the Indian context. She is also a dancer, trained in ballet, modern, and contemporary techniques. She has been a resident at Gati Summer Dance Residency, 2015 and has extensively participated in WDA events including Taipedia, Taiwan, 2011; Henan ADF, China 2014; and Choreolab and Symposium, Singapore, 2015. Recently, she presented a paper as a member of the Choreography and Corporeality Working Group at IFTR Conference, Stockholm, 2016. Her paper titled Configuring the ‘Contemporary’: Choreographic Processes of Navtej Johar, Padmini Chettur, and Jayachandran Palazhy, has been published in the Journal for Emerging Dance Scholars (JEDS) 2016 of the World Dance Alliance. Presently, she is awaiting her second publication in the Literature and Arts Review, USA.
Brahma Prakash is Assistant Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies in the School of Arts and Aesthetics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He completed his Ph.D. in theatre and performance studies from the University of London on the topic of Indian subaltern performance in 2013 and received the Dwight Conquergood Award (2013) from the Performance Studies International (PSi) for his important contribution to performance studies research. He is the author of Cultural Labour: Affective Presence of Indian Subaltern Performance, Oxford University Press, New Delhi (Forthcoming 2017). He has published articles in Asian Theatre Journal, Theatre Research International and Asian Journal of Social Science. He is currently working on a popular biography of Gaddar, the legendary balladeer from Telangana/ Andhra Pradesh.
Urmimala Sarkar Munsi, a social anthropologist and a dancer/choreographer, is an Associate Professor teaching Dance Studies and the Ethnographic Documentation of performance at the School of Arts and Aesthetics in Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. Her research focuses on dance and identity, the politics of performance, gender and/in dance, and performance as research.