The symposium seeks to explore the complex relationships between cultural institutions, policies, practitioners and practices. While trying to understand the varied ways in which practitioners have transmitted the diversity of Indian cultural forms, it will also examine how cultural administrators, curators and impresarios have undertaken the task of curation, management and re-presentation of cultural work. In considering these processes the symposium seeks to understand the politics of cultural policy making, made evident in the visibility (presence) of certain communities and forms, and the invisibility of others. It is concerned with the consequences of institutionalization: does it produce sameness and monolithic traditions while marginalizing others?
The post-independence history of cultural production/staging in India is nearly seventy years old. This period has seen the creation and dissolution of major cultural institutions, both state and private. The symposium will attempt to map and contextualise these institutional transitions while examining the complex situation, tending towards what the philosopher, William E. Connolly has termed, ‘self-organising processes’ (2013), which prevails today.
The two day symposium will bring together practitioners, policy makers and scholars. Among the questions we would like to see addressed through pointed interventions are the following:
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