This year from 26 to 29 November, India Habitat Centre (IHC) will celebrate the 5thedition of its Indian Languages Festival – Samanvay 2015. The festival, which has over the years become a must-attend for the Capital’s Art & Culture aficionados, has expanded its scope to engage a wider range of audience by bringing into its panels, multi-level interpretations of the term ‘language’ as well as the central theme, ‘Insider/Outsider: Writing India’s Dreams and Realities’. The languages that will be explored in detail at Samanvay 2015 are Tamil, Bangla, Marathi and Dogri.
The festival will open with the well known Thinker, Prof. Aijaz Ahmad talking about ‘The Languages of a Union’. The thesis that he will explore is that In India, political unity does not automatically give us, or requires of us, a literary or linguistic unity. Hence, the study of Indian literature should be historically grounded and organised primarily in terms of particular linguistic traditions and regional clusters, and discussed on the model of ‘comparative literature’.
The central theme of Samanvay 2015, Insider/Outsider: Writing India’s Dreams and Realities, evokes the liminality of the writer/creative artist/inventor in a given context. A creative act necessitates an individual to move out of a certain state of being, into an experimental space where she has to play out her ideas and desires into comprehensible forms. This transition makes every writer a liminal being, an insider/outsider. Yet, some writers and artists become more of insiders and some others more of outsiders to the existing patterns. The subtitle suggests how writers who understand the in-between space of uncertainty, the transitory status that makes one neither here nor there, bring out the dreams and realities of a complex space such as India. It also points to the need for an artist to remain tentative, and resist fixities.
Various workshops, volunteer sessions, conversations, book exhibitions and performances will also be an integral part of Samanvay 2015. Its democratic and inclusive spirit gets amply reflected in a special session on Day 2, which is completely designed by the student volunteers of Samanvay.
Spread over four days with multiple events, Samanvay 2015 will ensure that the theme is carried on to extra-literary and epistemic fields too in order to explore both the verbal and transverbal possibilities of language. Hence the festival brings into its mainframe the idioms of visuality, music, technology, performance and the like.
Talking about the festival, Rakesh Kacker, Festival Director Samanvay & Director - India Habitat Centre , says, “One does not necessarily have to recognise language as a basic instinct to properly appreciate its role as an organic part of human existence. Civilizations have been formed and continue to take shape around languages, uniting and dividing in swift strokes. This, precisely, is the theme we would explore in India Habitat Centre’s fifth annual Indian Languages’ Festival, Samanvay.
Samanvay: IHC Indian Languages' Festival was conceived in 2011 as an annual celebration of writing in Indian languages. The festival has aimed at generating dialogue across Indian languages at various levels and has emerged as the only literature festival dedicated exclusively to Indian languages.
The inaugural edition (2011) tried to explore the problem of bringing various literatures under the master signifier: “Indian” and the mysterious bond that makes these various literatures at once distinct and collective. In 2012, the festival moved on to highlight and discover the heritage of Indian languages through the strain of Boli, Baani, Bhasha: Gaon, Kasba, Shehar. Even in 2013 the theme Jodti Zubanein, Judti Zubanein: Language Connections aimed at -discussing the various kinds of dialogues across the 'regional' languages and their multifaceted interaction with the 'national' languages - Hindi and English. In2014, Samanvay highlighted ‘Translation/Transnation’ focus on Indian languages which have a transnational presence.
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(Details sent by Dr Rizio Yohannan Raj, Sep 15, 2015)
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