Silk River

Silk River

As part of a year-long programme marking the 70th anniversary of Indian independence and the cultural relationship with the UK, Kinetika created Silk River, an ambitious project which explored the unique relationship between London and Kolkata through artistic exchange between communities along the Thames Estuary and India’s Hooghly River.

Ali Pretty, Kinetika’s Artistic Director, collaborated with associate artistic directors Ruchira Das (Think Arts, India) and Korak Ghosh as well as an international team of artists, writers and photographers to capture and interpret the experience of journeying along these two mighty rivers.


Working in 20 locations from Murshidabad to Batanagar (Hooghly) and Kew Gardens to Southend (Thames) we gathered, shared and retold stories of these riparian communities through 20 hand-painted Murshidabad silk scrolls


Silk River culminated in two performative walks –

Along the Thames between 15th – 24th September and

along the Hooghly between December 6th – 16th, 2017.


Silk River was part of Totally Thames that ran from 1-30 September, 2017

Silk River involves organisations in UK and West Bengal who work in heritage, culture, craft, tourism and education. We are delighted that this exciting project is part of the UK India Year of Culture, which seeks to showcase innovative and creative work from both countries, building deeper connections between communities.

Dr Debanjan Chakrabarti, Director British Council East and Northeast India


Silk River Interactive Scrolls

Explore Silk River through the art, images and
reflections of the people that made it possible.

Silk River Souvenir Programme

View the Silk River souvenir programme HERE



February 19, 2019 / Silk River

Kinetika newsletter out now!

All the latest news from Kinetika: Recruitment call, how to buy Murshidabad Silk in the UK, new scrolls made for Neasden Temple and more!
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January 31, 2019 / Silk River

Murshidabad Silk to Buy

Murshidabad Silk, now available to buy in the UK from Kinetika!
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November 9, 2018 / Silk River

Silk River scrolls back in Kolkata Dec 2018

The Silk River scrolls are back in Kolkata!  We are thrilled that the new Kolkata Centre for Creativity will feature the 10 hand painted Indian Silk River scrolls in an exhibition to open on 2 Dec 2018
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August 14, 2018 / Silk River

Bengal’s Durga at Totally Thames Festival 2018

Bengal’s Durga was an exhibition of photographs from the Durga Puja Festival of West Bengal India.
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June 2, 2018 / Silk River

Silk River Flags featured in Manchester Day Parade 2018

Kinetika were delighted that all 20 of the 6m hand painted flags made for Silk River took part in the Manchester Day Parade Sunday 17th June 2018. 
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Key Dates


April & May: Design workshops

June 5th – 18th: Textile residency in Kinetika studios

September 15th – 24th: Thames Walks

15th Oct – Diwali, Trafalgar Square
22-27th Oct Kew Exhibition
16th Nov – Exhibition, workshop & reprise performance of  Tower Hamlets walk ‘from Street to Stage’


January 7th – 21st: Textile residency in Murshidabad

January 28th & 29th: Murshidabad Heritage Festival, presentation of scrolls

December 6th -16th: Indian Walks


19-31st Dec: Exhibition of scrolls at Victoria Memorial Hall