Indiaree – A Multilingual and Multicultural Space
As the sense of something aesthetic always comes with a plurality so does the sense of a country, specially one like India which is a land of diversity with respect to its terrain and climate, people and their cultures, food habits and languages. India is the home of many languages, religion and races. But how much do we know of our neighbors? Even when we delve into literary activities, we connect with other languages through a language that is foreign to our roots. Indiaree aspires to break any sort of linguistic and cultural hegemony and create a platform where all the Indian languages can participate in a constant camaraderie of coexistence and sharing of cultures.
This is what Indiaree is trying to do through decentering the so called working language. By the creation of any one dominant working language, several other cultures are pushed towards erosion. In such a scenario Indiaree is trying to create several pockets each with one dominant language. This democracy might sound unobtainable, however this is our dream and Dreams are the mothers of all inventions.
Indiaree attempts to bring before her audience the face of India through a twofold structure. The bi-monthly magazine part is multilingual. Each issue brings both past and contemporary literature with particular focus on one poet or writer in all the languages we currently have. The traffic between the languages is made primarily through translation. One text from each language is translated into all the other languages. We currently have Bangla, Hindi, English, Kannada and Malayalam. In the forthcoming issue we are going to add Marathi.
The stage section at Indiaree is the virtual portal to Indian art and culture. This is a place of performing and visual arts. Indiaree till date have been able to host Bangla and Malayalam short film festivals, three documentary festivals which have screened important and popular films made by nationally acclaimed directors like Rintu Thomas, Sushmit Ghosh, Gopal Menon, Debalina, Priya Thuvassery and many more on issues covering from communal discreet to women’s conditions. Indiaree has also been able to arrange photography, painting and music festivals. Lately Indiaree had arranged a music festival with Jonathan Kay and Andrew Kay, the Canadian Jazz singers who are presently composing fusions between North Indian Classical and Jazz.
Indiaree is a multilingual and multicultural space which wishes to explore and bring together all kinds of art forms and enhance the breaching of linguistic and cultural gap among her inhabitants.