Private Matters - an event report

Team Culture Lab

3 January 2017

For nearly six years, the Godrej India Culture Lab has been a keen observer of the cultural happenings in the country and what it means to be modern in India. One of its areas of focus has been the changing attitude towards homosexuality and transgender issues in India. Since 2011, the space has hosted numerous discussions and performances centred on the theme. You can check out a few of them here. On December 15, 2016, it turned its attention towards yet another pressing issue.

 

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My Journey of Lavani LIVE! from theory to practice

Sejal Yadav

30 December 2016

I had recently completed my M.Phil thesis the “Politics of performance: A case study of changing forms of Lavani in contemporary Maharashtra” from the Centre for Political Studies department at Jawaharlal Nehru University and was looking for ways in which I could engage with it in different ways. I wanted my work from the thesis to germinate and blossom into another powerful medium of expression and knowledge. That’s when I came by Godrej India Culture Lab and that’s where my journey with Lavani LIVE! began.

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Best Blogs of 2016

Team Culture Lab

21 December 2016

As you wrap up for the holidays, have a look at our favourite blog posts from 2016. 

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Best videos of 2016

Team Culture Lab

21 December 2016

Here's a list of the six videos we liked most from 2016. Don't forget to share them with friends and family! 

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6 press pieces from 2016

Team Culture Lab

21 December 2016

The press was really kind to us in 2016. Here are a few curated pieces pieces that we thought you might like!

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6 incredible visitors at the Lab in 2016

Team Culture Lab

21 December 2016

For our Lab family, 2016 was quite a star studded year! We had a stream of visitors coming to Viva Vikhroli, and we hosted some super fun events with our favourites.

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The Formless and The Functionless: Queering the Art of Conversation

Brian A Horton

12 November 2016

How do you curate a conversation? Specifically, how can one curate an adda? If an adda is simply an unstructured, casual conversation between friends[1], then it might seem strange to propose it as an event for a cultural lab housed within a corporate institution. The art of leisurely conversation with no real direction might fall silent in a space governed by monetized time, regimented schedules, and corporate austerity. As one of the shadier posts on our event page announcing the event read, “This seems really mainstream”.

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“I am a big fan of discomfort, it questions our privilege”: When Mona came over

Sejal Yadav

23 October 2016

The day I completed my two power-packed months at the lab, was also the day we were rewarded with a memorable visit by Mona Eltahawy. An evening with the radical Egyptian-American feminist, journalist, political activist and the author of Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East needs Sexual Revolution, triggered both my scholarly excitement and curiosity.Breaking rigid formats and resisting regressive ideological positions is close to Mona’s form of political activism, and hence this adda session through its fluid engagement with feminism resonated meaningfully with us, and our friends whom we invited to chat with Mona.

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