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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
April & May: Design workshops
June 5th – 18th: Textile residency in Kinetika studios
- Fri 15th – Kew Gardens
- Sat 16th – Tower Hamlets
- Sun 17th – Greenwich
- Mon 18th – Barking and Dagenham
- Tues 19th – Purfleet
- Wed 20th – Dartford
- Thurs 21st – Gravesend
- Fri 22nd – Tilbury
- Sat 23rd – East Tilbury
- Sunday 24th – Southend
January 7th – 21st: Textile residency in Murshidabad
January 28th & 29th: Murshidabad Heritage Festival, presentation of scrolls
- 6 December: Azimganj, Barikothi & placemaking
- 7 December: Azimganj to Hazarduari
- 8 December: Murshidabad to Krishnanagar
- 9 December: Krishnanagar and former Indigo Estate
- 10 December: Boat to Chandannagar
- 11 December: Chandannagar to Barrackpore
- 12 December: Barrackpore
- 13 December: Kumortuli, Jorasanko and Marble Palace, North Kolkata
- 14 December: Tour of Burrabazaar and Howrah
- 15 December: Visit to Kidderpore docks and tour of Batanagar
- 16 December: Botanic Gardens then Closing Ceremony at Victoria Memorial Hall
19-31st Dec: Exhibition of scrolls at Victoria Memorial Hall