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Artists & Facilitators

Founder, Faces of Bengaluru
Interdisciplinary Artist
Poet & Performer

Date & Time

Saturday Sat, 25 Jun 2022

Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

Venue: Gallery, 2nd Floor 

4 to 8 pmQueer Stories Reading Room by Champaca BooksChampaca is an independent bookstore, children’s library and cafe. They are bringing a curated collection of stories with queer themes, by queer writers, across fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Come join in as we read from some of our favourite books that Team Champaca recommends, or simply spend time reading by yourself at your own leisure. There will also be a sales counter of the books from this collection.
5 pmKathegala Kanive – The Valley of Stories (ಕಥೆಗಳ ಕಣಿವೆ)

Documentary Film Screening | 2021 | India

30 minutes | Kannada with English subtitles

Vikas Badiger

Kathegala Kanive – The Valley of Stories (ಕಥೆಗಳ ಕಣಿವೆ) is a documentary by Vikas Badiger (Faces of Bengaluru) following the journey of some artists from the Aravani Art Project as they learn photography and tell stories of their neighbourhood as well as their connection to the city of Bengaluru.

The film was awarded the best documentary at Madras Independent Film Festival and an official selection at the Chennai International Documentary Film Festival.

5:45 pmIdentity and Expression Zine Making Workshop with Debosmita Dam

This is an open workshop for all.

RSVP now or sign up on the spot. On a first come first served basis.

This one hour introductory workshop to zine making will include learning about what a zine is, the different kinds of zines people make, and making some ourselves in the expression of our thoughts and identity!

Participants are required to bring the materials they would like to work with such as pencils, sketch pens, markers, crayons, colour pencils – any dry medium of their choice. Participants can also bring collage elements – cut up images, phrases, motifs etc. from old magazines, newspapers, books etc, and a stick of glue.

A note from the facilitator can be found below this table.

7 pmPoetry Reading by Shilok MukkatiPoetry reading solo performance in Kannada and English.
7:15 pmOpen Mic

RSVP now or sign up on the spot. On a first come first served basis.

All are welcome to come and participate in this Open Mic as part of this event. Come and express yourself in an intimate, safe and informal setting.

Identity and Expression Zine Making Workshop with Debosmita Dam

A note from the facilitator: A zine, to me, is like the court jester. It is like a glass of water. Without taking itself too seriously, it conveys some essential truth, it speaks truth to power. It can be with or without embellishments, with aesthetic prowess or not. A zine speaks to our core need for creativity, the need to say something and to make ourselves be heard. To shift shapes of thoughts, feelings, ideas. To disguise something, or to reveal something else. It comes with the liberty for you to say it as you want, to shape it as you like. It can be poetry, and it doesn’t need to be poetic. It can be curiously clever, and it can be deeply sad. A zine will always hold you, it will be the space for you to be as authentic as you can be.

In collaboration with Champaca Books and Faces of Bengaluru


Artists & Facilitators

Vikas Badiger

Founder, Faces of Bengaluru

Vikas Badiger is the founder of Faces of Bengaluru, a city-based storytelling organisation that wishes to document the stories of people and places from the city of Bengaluru.

Debosmita Dam

Interdisciplinary Artist

Debosmita Dam is an interdisciplinary artist, researcher and arts manager, currently based in Bangalore. She graduated from Delhi University in 2016, with a Bachelor’s degree in Literature.

She has worked in various capacities in art services, including communications, production management, and as a workshop facilitator for children. She recently graduated from Srishti Institute with a Master’s degree in Public Pedagogy and Art Practices. She is interested in the pedagogical possibility of applied arts that draws from her experience of being a theatre worker and designer, specifically in expanding a visual imagination and vocabulary of the connection between the mind and body.

Debosmita has worked with the Delhi government on a city-wide Cultural Policy as a researcher. Her current projects include designing an exhibition for children at CSMVS Museum, Mumbai, with Katkatha Puppet Arts Trust, and a shadow-puppetry film dealing with themes of grief and loss for young audiences.

Shilok Mukkati

Poet & Performer

Shilok is a marriage of celebration and destruction. As a non-cisgender woman, she had-has-have her battle with visibility in mainstream society. Her activism in many forms advocates diversity and inclusion. How does she do that? Communication. Her expertise in communication began with dance and poetry as tools to embrace her femininity and spread her arms with various other forms. She usually writes in her mother tongue Kannada, where she is trying to create a language to speak about queerness. 

She is a National Award recipient for her radio show “Lesbians in the shadows” from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Government of India in 2016. She worked at Shoonya – Centre for Art and Somatic Practices as a PR and Marketing Consultant. She worked as a Dancer for Chris Leuenberger Production, Switzerland, on EF_femininity Project. She worked as a performer for Zubaan Project with her Solo Theatrical Piece “Undraping Silence”, which addresses sexual abuse and impunity. She has been awarded many for her work and been invited to literature festivals like Bangalore Lit Fest, Times Lit Fest, Equal by Rangashankara. Recently one of her poems been chosen as a syllabus at Kuvempu University. She perceived a Master’s Degree in Marketing and Management Communications at COMMITS, Bangalore. 

She has been expertise talking about subjects like – Gender, Sex, and Sexuality; Inclusivity and diversity at workspaces; Challenges of LGBTQIA+ Community; Regional(Karnataka), Queer Art and Literature Movement. Presently she is a Columnist for Gender Column called “Somewhere in Between” on Deccan Herald, Indian National Newspaper. A small-town girl who began her career at 19 continues to be visible, vocal, and unbreakable with various art and communication forms.