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  • Big Momma 3:05 pm on August 9, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: hyderabad   

    why Hyderabad? 

    Hyderabad’s history is the most attractive thing about it.I have become in my friends’ circle, a Hyderabad Evangelist.

    I’m also thinking about developing an online repository for Hyderabad maybe through the One State Solution initiative or maybe through kaamil.Watch out for it.Ah! here it is !

  • Big Momma 12:04 pm on July 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Studio kaamil 

    I have some ideas for starting an art space in Hyderabad.Hyderabad is a lovely city with a lilting Islamic past, and an interesting culture.

    Ping me if you want to join or help.

  • Big Momma 9:14 am on July 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    The Fifth Elephant 

    The HasGeek conference on Big Data called ‘The Fifth Elephant’ has just concluded and it was well, confounding…to be continued…

    I’m working at the Center for Internet and Society, Bangalore right now, so was sent by them.

  • Big Momma 7:49 pm on May 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: emilydickinson   

    I see me rollin…I have a demo class tomorrow.On Emily Dickinson.For a girls college.

  • Big Momma 7:33 pm on May 11, 2012 Permalink | Reply  


    k a u n t e x t

    I have some ideas about starting a literary and arts circle. The idea is to start with a reading and writing group and then widen the scope to other projects including design and performance, perhaps even support and philanthropy.

    To flag things off and also test the waters, we could start with a weekly reading group.

    The venue for the reading group is Feroze’s Terrace Garden. Mr Feroze Abdullah has so graciously volunteered his Terrace Garden to the Circle.

    The address of course is

    Ferozes’ Terrace Garden, Prestige Feroze, no. 74, Cunningham Road, Bangalore-560051.

    ph: 40786786

    For inquiries  call 080 41109392.This is the facebook event page.Please also  try to express interest through the internet or the phone if you are interested.See you there!

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  • Big Momma 12:38 pm on April 30, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: arts, technology   

    integrated art programs for children, using art history as a metaphor 

    See Vivekanada Art Class at Google Art Project

    This is an idea that I’ve been thinking about through two projects, one was with an associate of A.R.T, or Art, Resources and Teaching, Bangalore, Tejasvi Jain, who wanted to work on an Art History curriculum or teaching module for children, and another with Golden Bead Montessori School in Bangalore where their principal, who I know as Anita wanted to develop a simple card module to teach art history to Montessori children.

    The idea is to use human evolution as seen in art history and individual growth as metaphors in an integrated art history module or program to integrate art into learning curricula.

    So the programme will trace the development of Art History through the various movements and will try to multi- posit the trajectories from time to time to vary cultures.

    A lot of key art works can be used to inculcate and illustrate key moments in history.(contd.)

  • Big Momma 11:37 am on April 15, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    blogging the golden notebook at kaamil arts circle

    I’ve be reading for while now and I decided to post something about the book, and after reading an interview by Tariq Ali, a thinker about the politics in the Indian Subcontinent.

    I like how communist politics plays out in the book, how organising for the party and working for the party is interspersed with trans-national politics.

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  • Big Momma 3:18 pm on March 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: design, kaamil Services   

    kaamil has moved to Hyderabad.Shall put up an address where you can contact us.

    And in the meanwhile we also have diversified into a services company providing design and content solutions to people.We are vitally interested in the area of design for social change and governance.Look us up at our wordpress blog at

  • Big Momma 2:25 pm on October 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: reconnaissance2   

    writing reconnaissance 2 

    The experience of making this show has been invaluable.When I set out to do the show I wanted to create cultural energy, around issues that rankled me greatly two months ago, as much as they do now, gender and the lack of feminist energy, race and racism and the people that hold positions of power in India.

    Finding is the first act-

    The second: loss-

    Third: expedition for the golden fleece-

    Fourth-no discovery-

    Fifth- No crew-

    Finally, no Golden fleece-

    Jason- sham- too

    The opening was an experience and my process is heavily reliant on other processes.For the opening I decided to mix some songs and create a track. Then, considering I had never made a track before and turned up at the gallery with material for the installation a little less than two hours before the opening, I was left with enormous frustration about trying to put this track together .Since it was the special day, we had some frills provided by a special drink and so on and propelled by enormous pressure and inertia I finally decided to dump the mix and play the tracks in multiple players on a lap-top owned by the studio. One has to take a little time out think about success and acting energies which lead to the making of a work of art , leave alone its success or failure. The performance in my work emerges out of a collective energy. The idea to open with ‘Identify Yourself’, the first level in the labels paradigm came about because the show was nine days long and there were five performances through the length of the show. At about the time of opening we lost power. I decided to bring some candles and begin with an Emily Dickenson poem that related to my work, the show opened with Janet Burchill and Jennifer Mc Camley who worked on no. 870 from Emily Dickenson’s poems, translating it and trying to analyse the effect of the translation on poetry.

    This was what the invite to the show said:

     ‘reconnaissance 2’ is a community performance installation which can take youthrough an experience about identity involving affirmation,contextualization, choice, declaration, confrontation and catharsis.

     It builds on ‘Reconnaissance’, which was the first physical manifestation of the labels paradigm.labels is an arts and entrepreneurial project about dealing with identity in a globalising world which holds locked within it a process held together by a progression of its five levels, ‘Identify Yourself’, ‘The Grid’, The Zone of pure choice, ‘Trafficking labels and ‘Puncturing labels’.

     Using interactive performances sprawled over the length of the show as a medium we will attempt to take the process forward inviting people  to work out the labels process using theatrics,performance, movement, music and dance.

    So here’s inviting you to it.Attached to this mail is a flier of the show.Also, attached to this mail is a black and white copy of the poster, which, in keeping with the community aesthetic, you could print out and paste and circulate. Please also do share the flier.

     Every show generates insights and this one has left me thinking about how things are performed, and to whom; and how the very act of thinking can be performance, and how in India you are always left thinking about power.

    This one like the last was thinly attended by marked a milestone in the process.The installation was finally realised on the third day, something of a minor miracle; with elemental epiphanies about narratives and the reality that they can create using the recorded sound pieces, and the immense possibilities they can have when they’re taken into live performance.I put together the sound pieces that embody the labels levels using mp3 players I got from a duty free bazaar.

    The course of the show was slow.I was sometimes left using the gallery as an office space, a studio space which it is, as a transmitter and  receptor for online relay…

    Another interesting idea that I had for this show is taking it to a night club for one night and working with sound-scape and lights there to create an immersive and fun-filled experience that speaks about identity and oppression about identity which didn’t work out but I hope that it will happen in the next few shows.

  • Big Momma 6:14 pm on September 10, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: art, islam   


    So this is the way that tomorrow’s talk is turning out; Mr Syed has worded it:

    An interaction with Dr Umar Farooq Abd-allah(Nawawi Foundation, Chicago) on ‘Art, Archetypes and Islam’, Men and women with interests in art, literature, painting, poetry, writing, etc, and those creatively inclined are welcome.

    Venue: Zauq Multi Cuisine Restaurant,opp Namdhari Fresh, no. 74 ,Near Mosque, M.M Road, Frazer Town, Bangalore 560005.

    Date nd time: at 9:30 am, on the 11 th of September 2011

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