Sensuality and Sexuality - Sacred or Scarred?
To some India is known as the land of mysticism, yoga, the human body and eroticism. Contrastingly, to others it is infamous for being sexually conservative, home to Love Jihaad and celebrating both chastity and modesty, to such an extent that romance is criminalised. India’s history and cultural tradition, until the colonial era, is full of evidence of sexuality being considered as a route to the divine: celibate monastic communities choosing to decorate their temple walls with images of attractive voluptuous women, lesbian love poetry, and the most popular of them all, Kamasutra.
Is sensuality sacred or is sensuality scarred? Is sex sin? Does this mentality have roots emerging from the British colonial times where Indian art’s obsession with sexuality was termed as “immodest” by the colonizers? Then, is homosexuality really a “western” phenomena? Does the blatant sensuality present in Indian art, throughout the ages, tell us something about our cultural heritage and its place in modern society? Or, indeed, was India’s native tradition one of chastity and fidelity? Is eroticism to be denied; something to embarrassed of?
Within this workshop we intend to explore how the idea of sexuality is perceived today; as compared to its liberal representation in art and culture. We will encourage discussions around these questions and more; exploring the representation of sexuality and sensuality in Indian arts (both visual, performing and written), including a discussion as to how the narrative has arrived at the place it has today.
About The Same Page:
The Same Page is an arts initiative which aims to foster an ever-growing community of like-minded individuals; artists, musicians, actors, enthusiasts of visual and performance art. Its objective is to offer a conceptual and practical space where creative expression and ideas can be articulated, realised and discussed.
We hope to create an environment which enables creative engagement with contemporary cultural, political and artistic debates. We envision organisation of regular events, workshops, talks, gigs and performances that initiate free discussions. The element of engagement is key to our initiative because TSP strives to be a space that is liberal; respectful of everyone’s views and opinions. It promotes equality, freedom of speech and critical thinking in order to allow everyone to arrive at the same page.
About Kahaani Wale:
Kahaani Wale is an artist collective based in New Delhi, India. We, at Kahaani Wale, produce and create visual and audio content to tell stories of change across South Asia. We tell stories to engage, provoke and ultimately inspire to act. Our goal is to give an opportunity to storytellers to tell their stories and present their original voices to the world. To be able to fulfil our goal, we support, collaborate and produce work of independent storytellers. The collective comprises of storytellers from areas of film, music, animation, photography, illustration and design.
About Playground Creative House:
Based in SDA Market, Playground Creative House's mission is to bring to you the best of performing and visual arts in Delhi!
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