Celebrating 70 years of independence : open call for writings on ´urban body : entrapments & releases´

To commemorate the 70th year of Indian Independence , Culture Monks issued an Open Call for writings on ¨ Urban Body : Entrapments & Releases¨. The call was open to people of all nationalities.

The Call

70 years after freedom, India is clearly an important part of the global development paradigm. The trajectory is gradually but surely moving tending towards an universalized architecture of  urbanity.  Yet pathways to future seems to be determined but not self determined. The position of liberties which freedom offers are constantly evolving through a constant discourse among diverse forces.

The urban spaces meanwhile are mangled, chaotic, polluted, dystopian – much an result of sudden influxes and accidental growth rather than of planned development – merely factories and supermarkets of bodies in motion, plugged effectively to a matrix which is centralized and oriented towards productivity.

Urbanity – symbolic of progress is also the colonization of the body, mind & soul. It is the desecration of the soul, deconstruction of the body and remolding of culture. 70 years after independence the urban body is entrapped, colonized, by powers which are invisible yet more efficient.

Hence we look at writings which examines this entrapment and the quest for release – to liberate.   Writings which helps us to negotiate, envision and determine  – to love , to live and progress as individuals & as a collective, in and from – this urban dystopia.

Sudipta Dawn

This event is been supported by Iris Home Fragrance.

Millennium Post is the official print media partner.

Writings of Freedom

urban projections : a poem by mehk chakraborty

who belongs in the Indian City? – an experiment in defining Indian urbanity by conner singh vanderbeek

city of fate : a novella by ch lady diana

“body revolution: intimate regeneration of the city” – an essay by oriana haddad

poems by dr. srimanta das

the real bharat versus the reality of india – the manifesto of a trash-can-voice by parnab mukherjee