The Peasant Movements through the Eyes of Somnath Hore

About the Workshop:

Towards the end of colonial India and the birth of a new India, Somnath Hore, one of India’s foremost painter-sculptors was assigned by the Communist Party of India (the party of the helm of mobilizing peasant movements at the time) to go with a sketchpad and his diary to closely record these peasant movements. What emerged from that experience are two of his critical works–Tebhaga and the Tea Garden Journal. His lifelong works continued to be fiercely political yet intensely personal as he responded to moments that tore through the nation's fabric–with face and voice to countless people for whom the movements were a dailiness and an inescapable reality.

Arthshila and History for Peace–an initiative of The Seagull Foundation for the Arts are pleased to facilitate an interactive workshop where we will engage with his sketches and his notes in exploring questions about people’s movements historically: Why do movements begin? How does one record the lives of people who make these struggles? His art was well and truly embedded in the turbulent society of his time, and therefore an honest window into that world.


About Rajosmita Roy:

Rajosmita Roy has been Programme officer at The Seagull Foundation for the Arts since 2020, working on the research and development of its projects - History for Peace and PeaceWorks. She completed her BA Honors in History from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi. She holds a Masters in Gender and Development Studies from the Institute of Development Studies [IDS], University of Sussex upon being awarded the Chancellor’s International Scholarship. She has worked as a Research Assistant to Dr. Sohela Nazneen, and Dr. Deepta Chopra at IDS, University of Sussex.

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Arthshila Ahmedabad is a multi-arts space with a focus on Architecture, Design, and Visual Culture. The center is envisioned to be a public design library and an open resource for people to engage with the domains of architecture and design through the programme and collection at the centre.

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Date: 07 January  2023, Saturday
Time: 4.00 pm - 7.00 pm
Venue: Arthshila Ahmedabad
2G, Opposite Ahmedabad Management Association, Panjara Pol, Ambawadi – 380015
Tel: +91 (0) 79 4844 8118
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