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ARThink South Asia 2013

ARThinkSouthAsia is a management, policy, and research programme in the arts and culture sector. Initiated in 2010, the programme is dedicated to founding and supporting a cadre of arts managers committed to the cause of capacity building in the South Asian region, encompassing Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Iran, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

About this edition

The fourth edition of ARThinkSouthAsia brought together fifteen cultural practitioners and arts managers from Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Muzaffarpur, Chennai, Thrissur in India, Kathmandu in Nepal, Dhaka in Bangladesh, Islamabad in Pakistan, Tehran in Iran, and Rajagiriya in Sri Lanka. In accordance with the programme’s overarching vision that is geared towards capacity-building, these Fellows were trained by experts in the essential managerial skills of fundraising, digital marketing, human resources, and strategic planning. This coming together of participants from a wide array of socio-cultural milieux resulted in a rewarding coalescence of various creative and professional interests that is very much in alignment with the goals of ATSA as an inclusive intervention in the socio-political ethos of South Asian arts and culture. A few of the projects that have been taken up by the 2013-14 Fellows, in the capacity of founders, directors, or coordinators, during and since the programme are: the alternative art space TENT (theatre for experiments in new technologies) based in Kolkata that was developed under the ATSA fellowship; the flourishing arts and culture platform ‘Raastay’ in Islamabad; the Kathmandu-based alternative art space LASANAA that works at the intersection of various disciplines in the arts; the theatre collective Keli-Mumbai and multiple productions within Kerala Theatre; trailblazing institutions for dance pedagogy such as the Gati Dance Forum based in Khirkee, the home of KHOJ, and Dance Dialogues based in Mumbai; the Berke’ group in Iran that engages with the rich domain of handicraft production in Tehran; the Colombo Art Biennale and the Women’s Photography Collective in Sri Lanka; the multi-disciplinary design outfit Kahaani Designworks operating within the larger domain of specialised arts consultancy; the pioneering non-profit Britto Arts Trust in Dhaka; and various other organisations working within the creative landscape in India such as Spic Macay, the multi-lingual theatre company Indian Ensemble, the performance arts collective Ranan, etc.

To read the biographies of the ARThinkSouthAsia 2013-14 Fellows and Faculty, please visit this site.

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