The Garga Archives, a project by Lightcube, is hosting its first showcase and a special fundraiser programme at the British Council, New Delhi on 1st February 2019 at 6 P.M. The aim of the event is to initiate a much-needed discussion around ownership of cultural artefacts, archiving and preservation in the digital age and its legal, political, aesthetic and technological challenges. The showcase will also feature an exhibition with the courtesy of IGNCA, New Delhi and a film screening, courtesy of Films Division.
This is a public event, seating is on first come first served basis (50-70 seats are reserved for invitees)
The Exhibition opens to the public
6:00pm - Welcome
Presentation of The Garga Archives, its vision and the mission that the project aims to achieve.
6:20pm - Conversation
B.D: The Collaborator
MS. Aruna Vasudev and Mr. Shantanu Ray Choudhury in conversation with Anuj Malhotra.
6:50 pm - Film Screening
Glimpses of Indian Cinema (1963)/ 22’
A 22 minute compilation on the 50 years of Indian Cinema made by B D Garga, courtesy of Films Division, Govt. of India.
7:30 pm - Panel Discussion
‘Modern Antiquity: The Challenge for an Archive in the Digital Economy’
Debottam T Bose, Niharika Gupta and Premjish Achari in conversation with Suraj Prasad. A contemplation of legal, aesthetic and curatorial challenges involved in the operation of an internet archive in a world where notions of access and availability loom large over all popular discourse that pivots around the subject of the internet. The panel will also address questions from the attendees.
8:15 pm - Presentation
The Garga Archives’ plans for the future, a two-year roadmap, and an appeal for support from the guests.
* The discussions will be recorded and made available as a video on the archive, on a separate events page.
*The event will also be photographed and documented on website. Images from the event may also be used for press and promotional purposes. Express permissions is sought from the attendees of the event.
*The event will be attended by press and bloggers, social media influencers, who may seek voxpop from the attendees.
Aruna Vasudev is Founder-President (now President-Emeritus) of the Network for the Promotion of Asia Pacific Cinema (NETPAC International), FounderEditor of Cinemaya - The Asian Film Quarterly, Founder-Director of Cinefan, the Cinemaya Festival of Asian Cinema, and Founder-Director of The Inner Path Festival of Buddhist Film, Art & Philosophy. She is an author and film critic with a PhD from the University of Paris. Starting out as a filmmaker, Aruna turned to writing on cinema. Aruna is the author of two books on Indian cinema and editor and co-editor of several books on Indian and Asian cinema. She has won several international awards for her work, including the Star of Italian Solidarity from Italy, the Chevalier of Arts & Letters from France, and lifetime achievement awards from film festivals and organisations in Iran, Korea, Sri Lanka, Hawaii, India, etc. Aruna has been member, or president, of more than 40 international juries.
Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri is a film buff and editor who has worked with some of India’s best-known authors and film-makers like Arun Shourie, Gulzar, Manu Joseph, Ruchir Sharma, Vishal Bhardwaj among others. He has also commissioned and published a number of books on cinema which have won the National Award for Best Book on Cinema and the MAMI Award for Best Writing on Cinema and which have been best-sellers. In 2017, he won the Editor of the Year Award, instituted by the apex publishing body, Publishing Next. He is also the author of two books: Whims, a book of poems, and Icons from Bollywood He is now a regular contributor on Bengali cinema at Film Companion.
He is a project finance lawyer by training, having worked in international law firms like Skadden, Arps, Slate Meagher & Flom LLP (London) and White & Case LLP (London). He studied art history in London at the School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS) and then went on to develop a niche consultancy, with a focus on international art, finance and philanthropy. He divides his time between New York, London, Oxford, Paris, New Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta and Singapore.
Niharika Gupta is Director of Research at Sahapedia. She is in charge of projects like Sahapedia's oral histories series, and was earlier overseeing content creation at Sahapedia. Niharika studied English and Anthropology at the Universities of Delhi and Oxford respectively.
Inlaks’ Take on Art Travel Grantee for Young Critics & co-curator of the Bhubaneswar Art Trail, Premijish is a Curator, Writer and Translator. He initiated the independent curatorial platform - Future Collaborations aiming at theoretically and politically informed curation. A Fellow for Curatorial Intensive South Asia (CISA) 2017 at Khoj, in 2018 he received the Art Scribes Award by Prameya Art Foundation for developing new curatorial paradigms. He is currently the Director-Outreach at Art1st Foundation and a visiting faculty at Shiv Nadar University.