Art & Language

An ode to my mother

An ode to my mother

They took her away A poem by Ahmed Bin Qasim    Twisting and turning, staring through the window, everything felt so silent. And lying on the bed in a room so hushed with a head so vibrant, that night stillness felt violent. She was not with me, miles away but my heart felt her warmth, […]

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‘Art is either perfect or it is nothing’

A powerful artistic expression isn’t what you would normally associate with someone who comes across as a recluse. But at 18, Momin Fayaz is already an art prodigy. Looking at his prolific sketches and pencil portraits, I reckon Momin must have been through years of training at some art school. Like his drawings, he surprises me […]

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Art scene in Kashmir: A Palette of Problems and Promise

Art scene in Kashmir: A Palette of Problems and Promise

When militancy broke out in Kashmir in 1990, it was accompanied by a violent response from the state. These two opposing phenomena set-off new narratives and a new socio-political dynamic. There was a sudden movement: from life to death; from ‘order’ to disorder; from dwelling to displacement; from volume to silence; from calm to commotion; […]

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Poems of Abdul Ahad Azad: Discursive Praxis of Culture and Resistance

Poems of Abdul Ahad Azad: Discursive Praxis of Culture and Resistance

Swapna Banerjee-Guha Dynamics of people’s interaction with their regions has always been a complex phenomenon. Arranged in several layers and operated through subtle modalities of diverse functional nuances, its historicity is embedded in socio-economic practices and livelihood options. But quite importantly, it is also rooted in the cultural practices of people that happen to construct […]

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In search of my language of belonging and loss

I am a Kashmiri and have lived all the 25 years of my life in Kashmir. But I can barely manage beyond a few words in Kashmiri – my mother tongue. When I ask for direction on the street and am told to go daechunn, I am not sure whether that is left or right. […]

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Songs, strings & struggle

Songs, strings & struggle

It’s a quiet Sunday afternoon. Two young artists are trying out a song at their Bemina residence. Guitar notes ring out in the room. A sweet melody breaks out: Cze ha yaar shubi Mubarak. The song builds to a crescendo. And the duo jams out the full song. The first thing that catches your ear […]

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