DigiNaka: Subaltern Politics and Digital Media in Post-Capitalist India
Anjali Monteiro, K.P. Jayasankar, Amit S. Rai (Eds.) 2020, Orient Black Swan
Differential and changing access to the Internet in India, along with the increasing availability of cheap mobile phones and WiFi, has led to an explosion of user-created content across various platforms and media. This turn to the digital also has political and economic consequences, as seen in the imposition of AADHAAR and demonetisation. While the digital divide intensifies social hierarchies of caste, class and gender, it can also become part of the logistics of postcapitalist ecologies, traversing the formal and informal sectors, even as the digital becomes central to social and political practices in different marginalised communities. Diginaka: Subaltern Politics and Digital Media in Post-Capitalist India explores this complex space of the digital from multiple perspectives and locations.
A Fly in the Curry: Independent Documentary in India
Jayasankar K.P. and Monteiro A.,Sage, 2016.
This book looks at how independent Indian documentary film reworks the relationship between film-makers, their narratives, their subjects and their audience, challenging the dominant idea of documentary as a discourse of the real. Based on close textual analysis, conversations with film-makers and drawing on Breitrose’s cinéma-vérité film-maker as a ‘fly in the soup’, this work explores the place of documentary within the Indian public sphere.
SAACHA The Loom
Saacha is at Walking Through the Soul City — Sudhir Patwardhan: A Retrospective, at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, and will run in a loop, everyday, between Nov. 30, 2019 and Feb. 12, 2020
Special screening Saacha - The Loom on December 16, at 6 pm at the Auditorium, India International Centre, New Delhi, as a part of the exhibition entitled Rooee (Cotton) by Guncotton.
Screening at Museum of Goa (Plot No. 79, Pilerne Industrial Estate,Pilerne, Bardez, Goa 403511) on Dec. 29, 11.30 to 12.30
- A Fly in the Curry: Independent Documentary Film in India
- Godrej India Culture Lab, Mumbai, 5 May 2017 05:00PM
- Anjali Monteiro and K.P. Jayasankar Retrospective
- India International Centre, New Delhi, 23 Feb 2018
The Kachchh Trilogy
Kachchh is a ‘border’ district of Gujarat, which has historically had a close relationship with Sindh, now in Pakistan. Prior to the Partition of India and Pakistan in 1947, the communities in this region, mostly pastoralists, moved freely across the Great Rann of Kachchh, between Kachchh and Sindh, in search of water and pastures. Until the Indo-Pakistan war of 1965, the border between Kachchh and Sindh was a porous one, with frequent movement for trade and grazing. Sindh and Kachchh share common cultural traditions, drawing on Sufism and other traditions, as well as the same repertoire of poetry, folklore, embroidery, architectural practices and visual cultures.
The cultures of this arid region bear witness to this long history of migration and movement, and memories of translocation, partition and natural calamities). The cultural repertoire that the Jatts, the Meghwals and other communities draw upon includes the qafi or classical poetry of Sindh, much of it the work of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai (1689-1752) a Sufi poet, whose work has been passed down the generations through oral traditions, as also the verses of Kabir, a 15th century mystic weaver-poet. They form a rich tapestry of many traditions and faiths, an affirmation of the syncretic wisdom of the marginalised communities that live in this visually spectacular area.
The Trilogy of films is the outcome of the documentation of the musical and poetic traditions of pastoral communities, since 2008.