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Mumbai Local - What is the Future of Our Past ?

Mumbai Local - What is the Future of Our Past ?

Films | English | Age 12+



In the film Bhooter Bhobishyot (The Future of the Past) , the ghosts of Kolkata face a dilemma. All the old houses are being torn down and replaced by new buildings. Where are they to go? The ensemble of ghosts in the film literally maps out between them the history of the city since its inception, and as you encounter them, you encounter the memories and past lives of the city.

Our urban environs today are in a constantly changing state, with old buildings getting demolished and new highrises of various aspirations taking their place. As a chawl goes, a shack goes, a cottage goes, a bungalow goes, so do the ghosts of the city disappear – memories, the past, the story of the city expressed daily in its buildings is getting wiped out at a fast pace. According to Mustansir Dalvi, in this fairly arbitrary ongoing process, the city is becoming ‘untethered’.

We are delighted to invite Mustansir Dalvi - poet, architect, teacher -  to Mumbai Local, to speak of his hybrid practice as poet, architect, pedagogue, curator, and translator concerned with the pressing issues of urbanism.  We will see how concerns raised in one practice find their way to expression in another practice – how translation affects the writing of poetry, how columns on urban issues translate into the poetry he writes, how curated exhibitions based on old archives throw more light on the way the city has grown, and so on.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday for a stimulating evening that engages with art as a hybrid practice, where the artist's concerns find expression across multiple coalescing practices.

Curated by Ranjit Hoskote

RSVP for this session begins on Monday 13th May 2019


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  • Age limit: Some Mumbai Local content may be for older audiences only.
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