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Thu, 12 Dec 2019

Northeast Today

Porisoy- A Strive to Unravel the Quest for ‘Identity’

Porisoy-  A Strive to Unravel the Quest for ‘Identity’
May 01
17:01 2019

In an attempt to provide exposure and a platform to the artists of Northeast India,the idea of Porisoy was coined by Radhika Goswami and Kulanandini Mahanta. It was then reinforced by three prominent performing arts and literary outfits based in Guwahati; Gauhati Art Project, East India Poets and Kolpor Golpo. Porisoy was an eclectic exhibition bringing together the works of various artists on the sole theme of ‘Identity’. The event included an interactive workshop culminating in the exhibition and was held in ‘Agora: the space’ from 26th to 28 April.The helming duo of the event delineates the story behind the event to Dipanti Lahon for Northeast today.

 

Porisoy

The elemental ideas of Porisoy and the theme: Porisoy was a collaborative effort of four art collectives and organisations namely Gauhati Art Project (G.A.P), East India Poets, Kolpor Golpo and Agora to bring together young talents under one roof to express themselves on the question of Identity. The idea was to create a shared space for artists to voice and express themselves, facilitate discussions on different perspectives of Identity through several creative mediums and build networks and foster collaborations to help build a new age art and culture community.

 

Porisoy

On asking why “Identity” was chosen as the theme, Radhika said “we have chosen it based on the current discourse in North-East India regarding what it means to belong to a certain place and community. Thus, Porisoy envisions the event to be a space for people to view the concept of identity from different perspectives as well as to question and challenge the general idea of what constitutes our own definition of the same.”

“It is an attempt to understand and re-imagine the historically formed ideas of identity.” Radhika added.

 

Porisoy

The birth of ‘Agora: the space’ -

While pursuing her Post graduation in Social Anthropology from SOAS, Radhika was caught in a thought of bringing together the beautiful diverse art and cultural milieu of the North East together. It was then the concept of a space for art, culture and wellbeing was conceived. Radhika perceived that well-being can come about only when there’s a conducive for art and culture to grow. Thus, Agora: the space was born. Agora is envisioned as a space that promotes wellbeing through Art and Culture. The space is also a platform where alternative educational opportunities centered on art and cultural research can find roots.

The Event at a glimpse-

 

Porisoy

The event had an exhibition that comprised of two components. Radhika called them Constant components and Fluid Component. The former components were on display throughout the 3 days and these included the photographs, illustrations, installations, videos etc. The latter were mainly the performing art pieces which took place each evening from April 26 to 28. They included Dance, Theatre, Poetry and music. Porisoy also conducted an Open Mic session which saw an overwhelming response.

Last Words: An event like Porisoy and a platform like Agora is a dire necessity to bring diverse art and culture of Northeast India in to recognition. Also, it is very important that the young generation is well aware of their culture and they are connected to their roots and their identity. Although Agora and Porisoy are firsts of their kind, we hope that more initiatives like Porisoy and Agora are shaped in the future in order to recreate the sense of belongingness to our roots.

 

 

 

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