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CISA Speaker Series featuring Brahma Prakash on “Aesthetics and Its Fragments Segregation as an organizing principle in ‘Folk Performance’ in India”
The talk will discuss some of the key principles in the culture and aesthetic formulations in relation to the ‘folk performances’ in India. In the dominant aesthetic considerations, the strengths of a performance become the reasons of its marginalization and enslavement. Segregation becomes an organizing principle of bodily, spatial, and temporal formation of performance aesthetics in a caste society. Drawing on my works on Cultural Labour: Conceptualizing the ‘Folk Performance’ in India and ongoing works on marginality and cultural justice, I intend to discuss a new approach that may open up new spaces of creative potentials and offer a new aesthetic-political understanding of the field. For this purpose, I will draw from a range of performance traditions that traverses the field of ritual, theatre, dance, and music such as dugola (singer-duels), bidesia (theatre of migrant labourers) and the performance of arkestra girls in the regions of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. I argue that performance can be creatively powerful but politically problematic, it may carry a radical body in problematic songs and lyrics.

Oct 26, 2020 10:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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