Film Screening

TARQ is screening a film on the 6th of October 2016 which I would recommend for all of you. The film, I think, would be extremely helpful with your current Integrative Seminar/Studio project and with the programs that you will do next semester.

Here are some details of the screening:

TARQ will be hosting a screening of Pahala Adhyay (1981)directed by Vishnu Mathur, presented in collaboration with independent film researcher Elroy Pinto.

Pahala Adhyay contemplates upon the life of Ravi, the protagonist, a research student in a big city. The film is made of isolated, unconnected events in Ravi’s life. The events in the film are independent of each other, but are born out of one condition which uses cyclical space and flexible time. The time-lapse between events is unspecified although the events seem to happen in a simple chronological order; it describes a state of mind. Vishnu Mathur, the director,  tries to make the lived and obscurely threatening sensations of displacement into the very substance of the film. He avoids the way questions of belonging are usually formulated in terms of religion, class, national or regional identity. 

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with the director. 

Date: Thursday, 6th October 2016
Time: 6:00pm
Venue: TARQ
RSVP: info@tarq.in



Integrative Seminar


When Alice fell down the rabbit hole, Time, as we know it, began to take on new dimensions and her relationship with it began to change; just as her relationship with Space began to alter too. How do Time and Space interact with each other? Can they exist in voids? When they come together what makes them move?

Alice who is dis-located from Time and Space as she knows it begins to draw out the familiar through the lens of the unfamiliar – she talks about Geography and her cat, for example, to explain her current position in the world.

We have spoken about time as form, as formless, as linear and circular, time as an expression of memory and time and its relationship with language. These are some of the ways in which we understand time. But how does space determine action and movement? Can space be independent of time and memory? Is time, physical time, determined by the outside?

But why is this important to us? Why does Alice serve as such a good example as the exploration of the internal and the external self? As the conflicting and unrecognisable self? Alice’s adventures which begin at the top of the rabbit hole take us far into the workings of the human mind as it begins to engage with the ideas of the Self, of the new and many Selves. David Hume in the 17th century talked about the impressions of the Self, what are these impressions and what then is the Self?

Here is video that will probably explain the complexities of Time:



Integrative Seminar


“But when from a long-distance past nothing subsist, after the people are dead, after the things are broken and scattered, taste and smell alone, more fragile but more enduring, more immaterial, more persistent, more faithful, remain poised a long time, like souls, remembering, waiting, hoping, amid the ruins of the rest; and bear unflinchingly, in the tiny and almost impalpable drop of their essence, the vast structure of recollection.”

Marcel Proust, In Search of Lost Time (Vol. 1)

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Time, Time Seminar, Time Studio

Reading of Our Many Indian Identities

“So what’s the book all about? Without giving much away, it’s about the way in which a film about three-brothers-lost-and-then-found made around 1977 managed to provide us with a glimpse of a new India emerging from the debris of an older one riven with communal and political strife. The film, the authors claim, has to be read against the ambiguous moment of the Emergency where an older, much-valorised nationalist political ethos gave way to a newer, younger one. The coming together of the brothers and the family out of a miasma of crime and economic dereliction is also the emergence of a new Hindustan out of its troubled/divided pasts. One of the interesting ways in which such a change is tracked is the play within the film between locations in ‘old Bombay’ (mainly Bandra) and the emerging suburbs around Borivali. Such a reading seems particularly felicitous given the manner in which cascades of northern suburbs of the city rose into economic and cultural prominence in the post-emergency era all the way to becoming the dynamo for Mumbai Global of the 1990s and 2000s.”


Time, Time Seminar, Time Studio

Bollywood & Shakespeare

16slide4.jpg“Masala means many things and conjures up many associations. For Westerners, it suggests exotic eastern spices and flavours. That sense is apparent also in the word’s most widespread metaphorical use in India — to add masala to a story is to give it, through embellishment or exaggeration, an extra spicy flavour. This association with food has a long history: ‘masala’ derives, through Urdu and Persian, from the Arabic masalih, meaning ingredients. But there are other meanings lurking in the term. The spiciness of masala often hints at the heat of desire. And ‘masala’ more precisely means a mixture — originally a mixture of different ground spices, but more metaphorically any kind of diverse mixture — for example, of an Indian growing up in Britain with a masala of cultural influences.”


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Time, Time Seminar, Time Studio, Uncategorized



We begin our last project for Time Seminar & Studio, our biggest project ever! Here is a brief to the project…

In the early years of an independent India, Indian cinema served as an expression of the creation of identities, of a way of speaking of the ‘ideal’ India – rural India as an expression of change, it spoke of diversity and religious identity and a way to explore the shifting nature of India’s ‘coming into her own’.

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