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A nation under occupation is subject to dominance over its archives. Its history is controlled by the occupier; who dictates what is lost and what survives. How is Tibetan history, and the history of Tibetan people written? In a political environment of exile and resistance, the archives are controlled by those in power. How does history survive oppression, and where are the archives? How will future generations of Tibetans understand their history?
About Exploring Exciting Texts:
Exploring Exciting Texts began in 2017, as a series of monthly events hosted by Indian Ensemble with the aim to academically engage with various kinds of texts. Having done over 22 events, the events have developed a regular-audience base of people who are curious and want to engage in discussions and debates. These events draw an eclectic mix of people ranging across students, art practitioners, academicians, and young professionals.
Tenzin Tsundue was born to a Tibetan refugee family in India. He is a Tibetan writer and activist. The author of four books of poetry and stories, he has won the first ever Picador-Outlook Non-Fiction Contest 2002. He is now working on his fifth book on Tibetan refugee stories. Tsundue solely lives off his writing by selling his self-published books. Tsundue wears a red bandana as a symbol of his childhood pledge that he would work every single day until Tibet regains its independence. He lives in a rented room in Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, North India.
As a refugee living between the dream of tomorrow and the reality of today, he finds the life of an exile extremely fascinating, and often wonder about what we call the “Exile-nation”. He believes that exile makes one imaginative, creative and resourceful in adaptation. He has been exploring the ideas of identity, culture, belongingness, and the mass and individual behaviour of people. As the world is seeing an increasing trend in displacement and migration, diasporic and exile literatures will become an international trend. He chooses to write about these subjects as he lives the life of a refugee himself, and physically and intellectually explores the idea of exile. He is a student of language; and as a writer is in the constant search for a more new perspective and more incisive language.
Tsundue has designed workshops in creative writing; short and medium course for schools and colleges. He travels extensively speaking in colleges, universities and civil society groups on varied topics like Exile Writing, Writing and Resistance, Adaptation and Appropriation in Exile Culture, Languages of Protest, Artistic Trends in Occupied Tibet, Buddhism and Activism; Talking Culture, Identity and Politics. As a writer and poet I have done extensive speaking tours in India and twenty other countries including the US, the UK, Australia, France and Germany.
Sunayana Premchander is a theatre practitioner and facilitator from Bangalore. With a Bachelor’s in economics, she’s worked in Mumbai, Madhya Pradesh and Bangalore with children, as well as in the theatre as a writer, director and backstage crew. In August 2015, she co-founded Kathasiyah, a theatre group whose vision is to tell stories with perspectives and narratives that are not included in mainstream discourse. She’s a Gender Bender 2019 grantee and works as the programme coordinator at Ranga Shankara.