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Creating immersive, theatrical experiences to draw attention to Kashmir's artists & to spark more educated conversations about the Valley

Creating immersive, theatrical experiences to draw attention to Kashmir's artists & to spark more educated conversations about the Valley

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Nandita commented on CHRONICLES FROM KASHMIR

Thanks, Morgan!

At the moment, we're sharing methodologies through writing (https://chroniclesfromkashmir.org/#/the-books/) and yes, we are indeed looking to build connections with other organizations in conflict zones. As you might imagine, the process is slow and is often impeded by volatility in the local contexts.

Success for this initiative would mean a sustained interest on the part of spectators, with the issues in Kashmir. We hope to track this by looking at audience members' sustained connection with members of the artistic team, and their desire to help foster partnerships between us and their communities (i.e., their interest developing more programming that invites Kashmiri artists to their contexts; their interest in visiting Kashmir and collaborating with individuals/groups there). Admittedly, we're still in the early stages of this impact assessment. Having tested the "product" in 2017, we are in the process of building frameworks to help ascertain tangible and intangible impacts.

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Nandita commented on CHRONICLES FROM KASHMIR

Thanks for the positive response, Bikash!

The 24-hour performance has been piloted -- but it's a piece to which we always keep adding new scenes/elements, to make the work more nuanced. Right now, the aspect that is new is our attempts to reach diverse "outsider" audiences especially in the Indian subcontinent. Not only does this mean an effort to go to different places, but also one that seeks to "target" audience selection more carefully. The piece, we think, would ultimately be most beneficial when shared with spectators who know very little about Kashmir and want to learn more (rather than those who already are educated about the issues, to whom the narratives we share might already be known). The question we are dealing with at the moment is: how do we reach such audiences in a political climate that is becoming more and more polarized? How do we reach such audiences when potential host spaces (in the subcontinent, especially) are fearful of the repercussions that might stem from showcasing work about Kashmir?

We are working on more video documentation of the project in July/August. We should have more media to share then!