Jothi Xavier, Yousuf Saeed & Epsita Haldar | Feb 13 & 14, 2015 | Ahmedabad & Lucknow

Ahmedabad | February 13, 2015

An exhibitionNew Developments in Warli Art 
in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, curated by our grantee,
Jothi F. Xavier.

The exhibition will be followed
by a panel discussion on the subject.

Friday | February 13, 2015
04:00 PM | Inauguration
07:00 PM | Panel discussion
Natarani, Usmanpura, Ahmedabad
Exhibition on view till February 15, 2015
10:00 AM to 08:00 PM

Amit Ambalal, Arvind Ghosalkar,
Esther David, Jothi Xavier,
Fr. Rappai Poothokaren, Sujit Bhurkud,
Dominic Malkari


Jothi F. Xavier is an independent art historian based in Baroda. Jothi’s interest in Warli Art deepened when he had an opportunity to organize a workshop with Warli artists back in 2008. This brought him in contact with the new generation of Warli artists in the Talasari mission.

The Warli tribe in Thane is spread out across the villages of Dahanu, Talasari, Mokhada, Vada, and Palghara among others. The traditional visual arts practice of this region is commonly known as Warli art, painted on mud, charcoal and cow dung-based surfaces with white paint, and decorated with red and yellow dots. As per scholars/historians, the genesis of Warli art can be traced back to pre-historic times. Jothi, through this project is looking to critique the existing framework and develop a new theoretical structure for writing and curating tribal art in India.

For more details on this event, please call
Natrani: 079 2755 6669

Lucknow | February 13 & 14, 2015

Presentations by two of our grantees,
Yousuf Saeed and Epsita Haldar

At the third edition of the
Lucknow Literary Festival
Scientific Convention Centre, 

KGMU Chowk, Lucknow

Friday | February 13, 2015 | 04:45 PM
Historical and socio-political relevance of printed images from popular Urdu literature of early 20th century by Yousuf Saeed

Saturday | February 14, 2015 | 05:15 PM
Pain as Piety: 
Glimpses of Muharram
from West Bengal by Epsita Halder

Yousuf Saeed, a Delhi-based filmmaker, an author and archivist, talks about his project, Tasveer-e-Urdu. It examines the historical and socio-political relevance of printed images from popular Urdu literature produced in the first half of the 20th century, and the stories they reveal of Urdu's transformation from a language, reflecting the cultural plurality of North India, to one associated with Islam.

Epsita Halder, a professor of comparative literature at Jadavpur University, Kolkata will present glimpses of Muharram from West Bengal through a presentation on her study of the varied renderings of the narrative of the Karbala Battle as recounted by Shia Muslims across different districts of West Bengal during the holy month of Muharram. She is also a prolific poet in Bangla, and a novelist and a columnist for the Ananda Bazar Patrika.

Epsita's presentation at the Lucknow Literary Festival is supported by South Asia Women's Fund (SAWF).

For more details, please call
Tanveer: +91 98803 00118

All three grants were supported by IFA under its Arts Research and Documentation programme.