Wednesday, October 1

"Mantles of Myth-Narratives in Indian Textiles"

A three day conference to unravel and explain the stories which a number of Indian textiles tell.
"Siyahi's Translating Bharat comes forward with yet another endeavor to understand, explore and discover Indian literature. We are focusing on the origins of myths and stories that laid the founding stones of its history. These myths and stories have been transformed into oral traditions, bards, songs, rituals, creative works, performing arts and textiles.
Indian textile style has evolved with the development of civilization and its significance is hallowed by traditions. According to the Rig Veda and the Upanishads, the universe is a continuous fabric with a grid pattern upon which cycles of life are painted. In the Atharva Veda, day and night are said to spread light and darkness over the earth as weavers throw a shuttle on the loom.
Textiles with narratives are seen across the country and their range varies from painted and printed textiles to woven and embroidered pieces. These textiles tell us multiple stories and represent myths sacred to indigenous communities across the country. Many have religious and ritual value in the cultures they come from whereas others are folk and tribal textiles that carry narratives of their origins and legends of their ancestors and gods.These textiles remind us of the riches of material culture in traditional communities and the wealth of accumulated knowledge which is generally ignored. They augment the existing rich verbal and oral literary traditions that record and map cultures. Understanding and translating these is a key element of the Translating Bharat Project. An understanding of the real India is possible only by fathoming its multiple histories in myriad tongues and forms.
Mantles of Myth will be a three day conference wherein textile experts, writers, poets, musicians, performers, narrators, will bring together the diverse riches and variegated forms of story telling.
This conference will provide a forum for discussions, debate and interaction to focus on how essential and integral it is for us to protect and preserve our folk lore, literary traditions and the colors and threads of our culture."
From 13th - 15th December in Jaipur, Rajasthan. Read more about this three day event here.

3 comments:

Robyn said...

This sounds so interesting. I hope you will tell us more later. Amazing that we even have to think of protecting our folklore but we do otherwise it will quickly disappear.

priya said...

oh embellisher, thank you, thank you for your engrossing posts which give me SO much food for thought especially this one which made for such rivetting reading...i just can't wait for more posts like these.
hugs and kisses from the plum tree!

EMBELLISHER said...

Robyn - this three day event will be fabulous,all the speakers are authorities in their respective fields but jaipur is a long way away.I'm glad an organisation like Siyahi is doing the needful to protect and preserve our folklore for posterity.

Priya - the oven is feeling neglected. xoxo

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