An Inter-disciplinary Laboratory for Thinking, Making and Performing

Imagined as an interconnected web of thinking, seeing, making and writing, this curatorial proposition is conceived of as laboratory that enables a group of artists from several disciplines to think through what it means to move/create/perform in these times, what the digital space has to offer to the emergent discourse of the body and the ways in which presence/ absence of the body is constructed and experienced within the web space. The laboratory is imagined as a workshop/ discursive space that could potentially lead to generation of new collaborative work.


Mandeep Raikhy is a dance practitioner with a particular interest in exploring the intersections between dance creation, performance, research, and pedagogy. He began studying jazz at age 19 at the Danceworx, New Delhi, and his subsequent interest in contemporary dance took him to London where he completed a BA (Hons) in Dance Theatre at Laban. He toured with Shobana Jeyasingh Dance Company, London between 2005-09. Mandeep has created several dance works, notably Inhabited Geometry (2010), a male ant has straight antennae (2013), and Queen-size (2016). These works have travelled across the country and internationally over the years including Kampnagel, South Bank Centre, and Singapore International Arts Festival. Since 2009, Mandeep is Managing Director at Gati Dance Forum, where he has worked to develop a supportive environment for contemporary dance in the country through projects as diverse as residencies, festivals, publications, and advocacy initiatives. He is currently teaching as an assistant professor at the MA Performance Practice (Dance) at Ambedkar University, Delhi. This practice-based Masters programme in dance is the first of its kind in South Asia.


Aklesh Sutar aka MC Mawali (Mumbai)
Rhythm And Poetry Artist / Hip-Hop Scholar
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Aseng Borang (New Delhi)
Choreographer and Dance Practitioner
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Asim Waqif (New Delhi)
Visual Artist
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Jyotsna Siddharth (New Delhi)
Actor, Intersectional Activist, Self-taught artist and Writer
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Masrat Zahra (Srinagar)
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Padmini Ray Murray (Bangalore)
Researcher and creative Practitioner
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Shanthi Muniswamy (Bangalore)
Artist & Documentarian
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Shweta Bhattad (Paradsinga)
Community Art and Organic Farming Practitioner
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