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The Blindfolded Man

 

Title-The Blindfolded Man

 

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Here in this project, I have tried to create and decode few of my actions and references. It was the collaborative performace with seven men who were singing outside the temple in Bodhgaya. There names were Indradev, Guddu, Lakhan, Rajkumar, Mukesh and others. They were blind yet excellent singers and musicians. They belonged to a particular caste of Bihar hence considered low(as Indian society is divided on the basis of caste and according to it people of certain caste are dehumanized and marginalized by the society). There, they were begging outside the Bodhi Temple of Bodhgaya. People were neglecting them despite their great voices and singing style. When I talked with them, Guddu asked me that whether I can provide him a stage to perform as singer and that thought of Guddu appealed to me and I tried to develop a concept where I could share a space with them.

In this performance, I sat on the very same place where they used to sit everyday and sing. I asked people especially monks to put silver foil over my body (as it was ritual there to buy silver foil for offering), then I told the seven geniuses to cover their faces and walk along with me on road till stage. On the stage, I covered their faces and they started to perform music. So those artists were without any identity now. Now, they were performers and their connection with their caste was lost for a little while. They sang different folk songs and also some songs from their community(caste community). This is how I tried to transform the space where their identity was beyond the worldly chains. 

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I started begging from people which is an act of BHIKSHUK(not beggar exactly, it is a cultural offshoot of Buddhism). It symbolize the Budha Sakyamuni who used to live on Bhiksha(alms). There was a great man in India named Dr. B.R.Ambedkar, he worked for the upliftment of lower caste people. Ambedkar embraced Bodhidharma to improve the condition and status of marginalized castes. Looking at those singers in Bodhivihar made me realize how a religion i.e. buddhism, which was once a resistance against the inhuman systems of Hinduism, now is suffering with the same disease on practical grounds.

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(After Amabedkar , Cast and Bhuddhism In post modern India  itself have very different lairs and paradox within indian social structure and how Foreigners are looking buddhism in India    )
This performance is act of understating different layer of cast system and idea and conflict of space "Bhodhgaya" where Buddhist practice taking shape . 
Title-Blindfoled man 
Place- Bodhgaya Biennial 2016
Curated by -Rahul Bose & vinay kumar
Duration - 01:00:00
Photo by - Vinod Bhardwaj , Naresh Kumar 

 

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The Idea of Time and Death

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Residue of the performative act is with reference to time and historical notes to decode the time and related futuristic crisis of human civilization. Here, we have used the methods to understand the correlation of action and object (keeping in mind the various acts in history and war). according to my understanding, all objects have their own time and uses. In my last two years’ work, i have explored the performance, alternative photography installation, usage of images and sculptural objects and videos as a medium to understand the notion of performative acts through which we can trace the past and future.
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Through my lens based performance,Drawing,Video,Sculpture,Installation . I will represent the mythological and historical symbolic references as a fictional narration of present time (through different acts evident in history of religious icons)

This is about how extremist right political parties are using religious patriotism (Hindutva), racial and communal issues for their political benefits. Such acts and other such leftover history related to it has helped me in defining the condition and situation of present India in India as well as the world. I have taken the word ”Mara” which means death from an anecdote about the creator of  Indian epic Ramayan where it is described that when Valmiki was thief, he got a message from sky to write about the glorious life of lord Rama, after this message he started chanting ”mara” and in this process he kept chanting the word ”Mara”. After certain time when he realized his mistake,  The actual name is “RAM ” at that moment, he got enlightened. 

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Another reference is from 1992 when RSS and their allied groups started asserting the concept of ”rama rajya” (and idealist state of the times of Rama) where everyone was happy and ethical. This agenda of such organizations is to make India a Hindutva Nation of one race and religion. They want to bring Ram Rajya again. In the same breathe, they demolished the Babri mosque to build a great temple for Rama (where they think there once existed a temple which Babur demolished in order to build a masjid/mosque). They claimed that it was the place where Ram was born, this demolition led to killings and riots in different regions of India. Therefore, I am using an icon of lord Ram to repereesent past and future aspects of time.
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Now I see the word ‘Rama” as death(like Valmiki once chanted) where there is death of idol, civilization. It now represents a narrow understanding of religion and patriotism.
 
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Screen shot form Video “Motherland and Other story “
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The project in collaboration with Sreeraj tr ,Swasthikk korathi,Rizwan basheer,Gokul Balachandran,,Ravi Ranjan ,Kartik kumar,Pankaj Bhardwaj ,Shiv Kumar, Arfaaz kagalwala, Anita kumari, Sachin gond, Dastaan culture lab,Ayush Gupta,Alok kumar,Umesh kumar singh ,shivangi singh, Khurshid ahmad chand ,Tara Tamang

The Whole Land Shall be a desolation By #futurecollaborations

Idea and  development process of Collaborative Performance  and Video Installation For “The Whole Land  Shall be a desolation by #futurecollaborations

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Initiator of #futurecollaboations  Premjish Acharya

Idea of collective Performance -The Body ,state and politics and the conflict of race, caste  and National identity .

Hence, we choose the Abandon Building which is raze  by Delhi MCD and police. That is an conflict zone . Therefore people had tension of safety In Between body  and  Demolished building ,

When i show  that space.It  had notion of different Conflict state of mind . state,country and race issue . what we are going through in india (kashmir ,North-east state and others ) Israel ,Syria ,Iraqe ,Lybia, Even with-in   America .The issue about racial identity of people and killing of black people in U.S .

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This  going project by  #futurecollaborations

Concept and idea -B.Ajay Sharma ,

Space and location- B. Ajay Sharma

Idea Develop and constructed by C

Title-The Whole Land Shall be a desolation by Premjish Acharya

Film camera  and by Seema Dahiya

Photography -B. Ajay Sharma

photography Assisted – Kartik,#futurecollaborations

Each Member are design there won performance and move

Aditi Angiras

B. Ajay Sharma

Balagopalan Bala

M R Vishnu Prasad

Murari Jha

Nikita Maheshwary

Premjish Achari

Raj Sahani

 

Future collaboration is a Idea of Inquiry,

First phase  of idea and discotion between members , Mr. Vishnuprasad , Premjish Acharya Each discussion was  an  Exercise , sometime we just fight and nothing come out from that. But definitely it helped to construct the idea ,    so I called each meeting was representation of performative act for me , as well as building strength and commitment for collective

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 Exercise#2 “

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Exercise# 3 

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Exercise# 4

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After searching for new space for performance In front of KHOJ Artist residency building

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img-20160902-wa0002Raj Sahani-Scribbling on his Idea and execution

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Murari Jha :- Scribbling on his Idea and execution

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reference link -http://www.pewglobal.org/topics/wars-and-international-conflicts/