Silk River Project Celebrates Relationship Between People Living Along the Thames and Hooghly River



As part of the UK India Year of Culture, UK and Indian artists have been working together to produce ten large silk flags, during a residential workshop in Murshidabad. This is a part of the Silk River project, which celebrates the unique relationship between communities along the Thames and Hooghly River.

UK based Kinetika and Think Arts from India and an international team of artists, writers and photographers have captured and interpreted the experience of journeying along these two mighty rivers.

Working in 20 locations from Murshidabad to Batanagar (Hooghly) and Kew Gardens to Southend (Thames) to reinterpret a shared heritage, Silk River will raise cultural awareness of the Indo-British relationship.

Silk River culminates in September-December 2017 with two river walks where the stories of the 20 locations will be revealed to local, national and international audiences through the showing of 20 giant hand-painted Bengali silk scrolls and accompanying performances.

A film, directed by Steve Shaw, which documents the work of a team of UK artists working with a team of Indian artists to produce ten large silk flags during a residential workshop in Murshidabad, was screened at Nandan III. The Kolkata flags were on display at the event.

This was followed by a panel discussion on ‘The importance of place and community in traditional arts’ chaired by Dr Debanjan Chakrabarti, Director British Council East and Northeast India. Panelists included Ali Pretty, Artistic Director Kinetika and others.

Priyanka Dutta

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