In Pictures : #ArtistsUniteKarnataka: Resist. Reclaim. Represent

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In Pictures : #ArtistsUniteKarnataka: Resist. Reclaim. Represent

When over 100 artists from all across Karnataka stood united against hatred.

On 2nd March, 2019, Bengaluru hosted #ArtistsUniteKarnataka, a protest event where over 100 artists from all across the state stood united against the politics of hate.

Filled with music, poetry, theatre, spoken word, film screenings, and art exhibits; #ArtistsUniteKarnataka was a response to the killings of Gauri Lankesh, M.M. Kalburgi, Narendra Dhabolkar, and Govind Pansare over the past years. On the same day, similar #ArtistsUnite events were organised across India, including a Delhi chapter at the Red Fort.

#ArtistsUniteKarnataka was also triggered by the recent events of hooliganism, where fringe groups violently stopped the staging of plays, including Abhishek Majumdar's 'Djinns of Eidgah' at Jaipur's Jawahar Kala Kendra, and Dayasindhu Sakrepatna’s 'Shiva' at Bengaluru's Jagriti Theatre.

The event, organised at Visthar, witnessed reading and staging of plays, poetry readings, dance performances, and musical performances by bands such as 'GauleyBhai' and 'Thermal and a Quarter', and celebrated artists including MD Pallavi and Abhijit Tambe. Film screenings of ‘Gauri’, ‘In the Shade of the Fallen Chinar’, ‘De Sidere 7’, ‘We have not come here to die’, and ‘Sikkidre Shikari Illdidire Bhikari’ were also organised.

Here’s a glimpse into the upbeat, energy-packed event, where artists stood united against hatred, with the sole intention of upholding the democratic, secular, and pluralist threads that hold India together as a people.

The lush green venue of Visthara, where #ArtistsUniteKarnataka was organized
The lush green venue of Visthara, where #ArtistsUniteKarnataka was organized

Ashwanath Vergis kicked off the event with his soulful Saxophone performance
Ashwanath Vergis kicked off the event with his soulful Saxophone performance

Mandala, where poetry recitation, musical performances, and readings of plays were organized
Mandala, where poetry recitation, musical performances, and readings of plays were organized

"Children should not be taught propaganda. We have no idea what that means!" Children from the Samragni and Theatre Lan presented their own constitution.

Ramneek Singh and troupe practicing the reading of their new play, Meerut.
Ramneek Singh and troupe practicing the reading of their new play, Meerut.

Sharon Chang and team sharing their poetry performance.
Sharon Chang and team sharing their poetry performance.

An art installation at Visthara.
An art installation at Visthara.

Play reading: Manifesto (Bisha Abdullah and troupe)
Play reading: Manifesto (Bisha Abdullah and troupe)

Kaya Rao Shetty performing a musical piece.
Kaya Rao Shetty performing a musical piece.

Play reading: Meerut (Ramneek Singh and troupe)
Play reading: Meerut (Ramneek Singh and troupe)

Art installations at Visthara.
Art installations at Visthara.

Arundhati Nag and troupr reading a section from Abhishek Majumdar's play 'Eidgaah ke Jinnat'.
Arundhati Nag and troupr reading a section from Abhishek Majumdar's play 'Eidgaah ke Jinnat'.

Band performances went on till late in the night.
Band performances went on till late in the night.

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