Small Talks with Madhurima Chaudhuri
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The Allure of the Baluchars Date: April 15, 2021 Time: 5 PM IST On a trip to Bishnupur in the throes of the Covid pandemic, Chelsea and Tathagata began speaking with a few artisans. Exacerbated by disrupted supply chain there is a multitude of unfair practices and a lack of sales of their work. When the pandemic provided the opportunity earlier in the year, Chelsea and Tathagata had already pivoted to oering virtual tours, which they had been working towards for a long time. After speaking with the artisans, they wondered how they could help the artisans go online to solve some of the problems they were facing - leading to the launch of their platform for curated merchandise from across the country, The Culture Box. As an ode to the artisans who inspired its creation, the rst product they are selling under The Culture Box is a Baluchari Saree. Madhurima Chaudhuri is a consultant with the curatorial team at the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art where she has been working on exhibitions, programming and workshops on Modern and Contemporary South Asian Art. She was the co-curator of the exhibition - Baluchars: The Woven Narrative Silks of Bengal (2019) -mounted at the National Museum, New Delhi. She was also the Assistant Editor of the publication associated with this exhibition. In this session, Madhurima Chaudhuri will talk about the the historical aspect of Balucharis and how the craft particularly developed in Bishnupur. Her talk will be followed by an interaction between the founders at Immersive Trails, Chelsea and Tathagata who spend their time translating ethical research into immersive experiences in art & culture. Towards the end of the session, we will open the discussion for audience questions. Small Talks are sessions organised by Niyogi Books & Immersive Trails to make history, heritage and culture accessible to people by arranging interactions with scholars and advocates who talk about topics in their expertise.
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