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Silk River India Walk – Artists Weekend 8-10th Dec

Silk River India Walk – Artists Weekend 8-10th Dec

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Silk River India Walk – Artists Weekend 8-10th Dec 2017

Join us for an immersive weekend experience soaking in the heritage and the magic of the Hooghly River, as the Silk River scrolls whisper their stories and secrets!

Walk through time and history in Lalbagh, Maheshgunj, Ghurni, Krishnanagar, Chandannagar

The Silk River India Walk offers you a unique opportunity for artistic exchange based on the year-long Silk River project this December.

Indian artists are invited to this exchange with 15 visiting artists from the UK and Kevin Rushby, eminent travel journalist covering Silk River for The Guardian.


8th Dec 2017
Morning walk at Motijheel (optional)
8am: Day journey by boat
Talk by eminent historian Pradeep Gooptu
Reflections on Silk River – Salon led by Ali Pretty, Artistic Director – Silk River and independent cultural producer Elizabeth Lynch with Korak Ghosh, Artistic Director – Silk River India and Ruchira Das, Silk River India Project Director.
Vision for the Hooghly
Songs of the river by Pranesh Som
Reach Krishnanagar
Visit to Balakhana estate in Maheshganj – an indigo planter’s bungalow. Enjoy a walk in the estate gardens led by Ranodhir Palchoudhuri, the current owner of this beautiful 19th century villa.
Overnight on the boat

9th Dec 2017
9 am: Visit Ghurni, an artisans’ village, and intact with clay artists
10 am : Walk from Ghurni to Krishnanagar Rajbari, along with students from Krishnanagar Academy. Led by Tamal Bandopadhya.
11am : Talk by Tamal Bandopadhya.
Baul/Fakir – Subhadra Sharma, Babu Fakir
Puppetry – Ranjan Roy
Clay Doll artists: Saikat Mondal, Pranab Biswas
Picnic lunch at Baganbari
Visit local ‘daaker shaaj’ and shola artist Ashish Bagchi’s studio
Overnight on the boat

10th Dec 2017
Journey to Chandannagar passing Bandel, Hooghly Imambara, Chinsurah, Jubilee Bridge
9:30 : Presentation on the schools’ participation in Silk River in India & the UK
Greeted by local community members on reaching Chandannagar
5pm : Get-together at IMA Hall, followed by ‘Mrityunjoy’, a play based on Revolutionary leaders from this region, written by Sulogna Chakraborty
Light display on the Strand by Babu Pal and local lighting artists
Overnight on the boat

Participation fee of INR 10,000 should be paid in advance by 3rd December 2017.

Fee includes all meals, local transfers, cultural visits, 1 night at City Hotel, Motijheel and 2 /3 nights on boat provided by West Bengal Tourism Department.

Limited places available. To sign up, please contact

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