Disappearing Dialogues is a collaboration of minds, passions, artistic spaces whose purpose is to add value and assist the preservation of existing heritage, culture and environment of regions which are slowly, but surely, disintegrating. Community engagements involving locals help us to document and disseminate knowledge to a wider audience through exhibitions and interactions in public spaces.
As a collective, the work is at three levels – community, institutional, and public. A sense of the culture and heritage is gleaned by interacting within a rural-urban interface. Institutionally, we work and continue to do so with schools and other learning environments bringing about greater awareness. We also engage in the public sphere through trans-disciplinary practice, interactive exhibitions, workshops and open forums. Disappearing Dialogues aims to bring to prominence the assets held within the culture and heritage of India, especially those which appear to be knocking on the doors of extinction.
Our intention is to facilitate the opening of more avenues of interaction bridging generations and ethnicities. Indigenous archives, immersive research programmes, educational outreaches, cultural development programs, festivals, installations are all on the anvil.
Do continue to read to learn more about the team behind Disappearing Dialogues.
Founder-Director, Disappearing Dialogues
Nobina Gupta, an alumnus of Kala Bhavan is a Kolkata based artist whose work has been showcased widely both in India and elsewhere. The need to search for and link up culture, history, environment and the community came to her while researching for the initial Disappearing Dialogues project, which was a part of the Earth Art Project, co-sponsored by the Japan Foundation, in the Changthang valley in Ladakh. Her long term socially engaging practice has helped her to reflect on losses, sentiments, and memories that are intrinsic to the places in which DD works.
Her work has received support from the Wall Art Project (India & Japan), Japan Foundation and Latitude 28 (New Delhi), Art O2, Studio X, Central Railways (Mumbai), German Consulate, Alliance Francaise du Bengale, Gallery Sanskriti, CIMA, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Aakriti Art Gallery, MACE and Think Arts (Kolkata), Art Ichol (Maihar), Nang Junior School and Puga Nomadic School (Ladakh), Inner Nature (Spain), Galerie Kashya Hildebrand and Jankossen Contemporary (Switzerland).
With a background in in Architecture (CEPT Ahmedabad) and Urban Planning (UCL London) has worked in India, Spain, United Kingdom and Myanmar. He been engaged in a variety of interdisciplinary projects that lie at the intersections of space, culture and society – dealing with individuals, private/public sectors and the community. Currently he is part of an interdisciplinary design practice ‘The Appropriate Alternative’ lead an NGO named ‘Sustained Actions for Value and Environment’, national and international collectives that work at the intersection of Architecture, Planning, Community-based Development and embedded Arts practice.
Antara Gupta is currently completing her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Anthropology, in Ashoka University. She created our video content for the website, while assisting in documentation (i.e., videography and photography) during workshops and events hosted by DD. In the past, she had been our youth facilitator during the open forum organised in Madhya Pradesh and for our workshops in the government schools within the East Kolkata Wetlands. Being trained in art and dance, she held workshops and assisted at other times in the creation of performances and artworks for our exhibition, ‘A Sustainable Dialogue’. She has also often created our social media content, including posters and this website, along with developing our presence on Instagram. She also designed our DD calendars (2020) that are now available for sale.
A professional musician and a music teacher. With years of experiences as a Music Therapist has been working with special children and persons with Dementia for Alzheimer’s & Related Disorders and Cancer patients. Focusing on Sound and Music In Education building and working with many different types of musical instruments, he helps people to find music in everything around.
With an educational background in rural development and community management, is primarily a conservation worker with a special focus on wetland ecosystems. Her current area of work is the East Kolkata Wetlands, with which she has been associated for two decades with Dr. Dhrubajyoti Ghosh. She is project director of Society for Creative Opportunities and Participatory Ecosystems (SCOPE), a non-profit that works to facilitate conservation in these wetlands. She is also an environmental writer and specialises in writing on climate change especially in ecologically challenged areas.
A Textile Design student, studying in NIFT. Being trained in art, from childhood, she has always been passionate about it and has developed a knack and curiosity for the field of Design. She enjoys learning through social interactions, gaining insights from different cultural communities.
Doing her undergraduate in Gokhale Memorial Girl's College (affiliated with the University of Calcutta) in Mathematics. Trained in Bharatnatyam and under the Mamata Shankar School of Dance since a very young age; she is an immensely skilled and graceful dancer. She performed at our previous events as well as at our exhibition, 'A Sustainable Dialogue'. She desires to use her interests and art form to reach out to people. She held dance workshops with the school children of the East Kolkata Wetlands and recently taught them a piece that they performed in the exhibition. She also helped in organizing the World Wetland Day celebrations (2020) hosted by DD in Kheyada School.
Will be completing her schooling this year from Young Horizon, Kolkata. As a passionate and adept photographer, she has been documenting the workshops, spaces and events. She also participated as a young facilitator in the workshops hosted in the schools of East Kolkata Wetlands, helped in organizing the World Wetland Day celebrations (2020) hosted by DD in Kheyada School. She documented both the exhibition ( 'A Sustainable Dialogue') and the World Wetland day celebrations and is working to continue presenting our work on Instagram and keep our viewers updated on our work.
Doing her undergraduate in Sivanath Sastri College (affiliated with the University of Calcutta) in Accounts. She is inclined towards human interaction based work and costume design, while being skilled at both. As a young facilitator she assisted in costume designing workshops along with assistance in other workshops, events and interaction sessions in the schools of the East Kolkata Wetlands. She has been helping with her insightful collaboration in further projects, designed and helped in creating the costumes for the performances performed in the exhibition, 'A Sustainable Dialogue'.