हाकारा । hākārā
//: (m) हाक, बोलावणे;
a call, a general or a great and continued calling
‘हाकारा’ या मराठी आणि इंग्रजीतून प्रकाशित होणा-या ऑनलाईन नियतकालिकाच्या अवकाश-निर्मितीमागे भवताल, आपण आणि आपली निर्मिती यामधील गुंतागुंतीचं नातं समजून घेण्याची भूमिका आहे. जगणं, भाव-भावना, सौंदर्य आणि संस्कृतीविषयक विचार आपल्या कला-दृष्टी आणि निर्मितीवर, लिहिण्यावर आणि वाचण्यावर कसे आणि कोणते प्रभाव पाडत असतात? मानवी बदल कलाविषयक देवाण-घेवाणी आणि सौंदर्य- जाणिवांशी कसे जोडून घेत असतात? सतत बदलत्या आणि प्रवाही असणाऱ्या कला-जाणिवा आपला भवताल कसा घडवत असतात? या आणि इतर मुद्द्यांचं आकलन लिखित आणि दृश्य माध्यमातून ‘हाकारा’च्या पारावरुन संवादी रीतीनं मांडण्याचा प्रयत्न आहे. काळ, संस्कृती आणि कला यांच्यातील देव-घेव नेहमीच बहुपदरी आणि बहुपेडी राहिलेली आहे. अभिव्यक्ती सद्यकालात घडत जात असते तर उद्याकडे पाहात आताचा काळ गतकाळाशी आपली नाळ जोडून असतो. कलाकृतीमध्ये तीनही काळ एकमेकांत अशा अनोख्या रितीने गुंतलेले असतात की त्यांच्यातील सीमारेषा धुसर होतात. त्रि-काळाच्या सत्य आणि आभासी खेळातून कला अभिव्यक्ती, सौंदर्यभान आणि तिचे बदलते निकष यातून समकालीन अभिव्यक्ती साकारत असते. अभिव्यक्तीने निरनिराळे घाट, शैली आणि रचना अंगिकारणं तसंच अशा अभिव्यक्तीचं सखोल आकलन करुन घेणं ही निरंतर चालणारी प्रक्रिया आहे. अशा तऱ्हेनं आकाराला येणारी नाविन्यपूर्ण निर्मिती आणि चिकित्सक प्रक्रिया ‘हाकारा’चा गाभा असेल.
‘हाकारा’च्या पारावरून बोलावण्यामागं लिखित आणि दृश्य कला माध्यमात ऐरणीवर असलेल्या मुद्द्यांविषयी सखोल चिंतन आणि समग्र चर्चा घडवून आणणं हा उद्देश आहे. आशय, घाट आणि रचनेचे ‘संहिता’ अंतर्गत आणि ‘संहिता’ बाह्य भवतालाशी असलेल्या आंतरिक संबधांचं विश्लेषण इथं केलं जाईल. कला-माध्यमांचं आंतर-संवादी स्वरुप निरखणं जसं महत्वाचं ठरतं तसंच त्यांची इतिहास, तत्त्वज्ञानाबरोबरच विज्ञान आणि तंत्रज्ञानासारख्या ‘इतर’ विद्याशाखांशी घातली जाणारी सांगड मोलाची ठरेल.
‘हाकारा’चा पार वैविध्यपूर्ण शैलीतले लिखाण आणि मांडणी, समीक्षा, कविता, गाणी, कथात्म-साहित्य, वाद-विवाद, मुलाखती, दृक-श्राव्य आणि दृश्य रूपांची गुंफण अशा विविधांगी आविष्कारांतून आपल्याशी मुक्त आणि थेटपणे संवाद साधेल असा आम्हाला विश्वास वाटतो.
Our contemporary lives and actions have been radically influencing expressions of writing, image-making and publicizing. Conversely, the production, consumption and circulation of expressions have influenced the aesthetics, politics and networking today. With hākārā, our aim is to explore and practice newer ways of producing and appreciating creative expressions while encouraging dialogue between different fields of expressions. Considering a rich and diverse body of creative work, we’ll focus on creative and critical writing in Marathi and English across literary and visual forms of expressions.
In keeping with this focus, hākārā will be published online in freely accessible and interactive format by focusing on the area that may help us address the diversities and the synergies implicit in literary and visual cultures. The hākārā editors would be interested in the sharing of research, speculations, literary and visual work presented innovative ways that responds to current debates while being attentive to the nuanced understanding and interconnectedness of content, form and society. We particularly encourage innovative nature of literary and visual images, critical artistic practices and developments that inform the contemporariness of the medium (and its pasts and futures), as well as the formal qualities of words and images in changing contexts.
Ashutosh Potdar has one-act and full-length plays, poems, short fiction and scholarly essays in Marathi and English to his credit. Two collections of his four plays are published by Watermark Publication recently. Also, he has been working on a new play that he had started writing during the Residency in Bangalore organised by MaxMuller Bhavan and Ranga Shankara. He was invited to participate in the Residency facilitated by two acclaimed playwrights, Lutz M Hübner and Michael Wood from Germany and UK respectively. His plays are being performed through national and international festivals like Bharat Ranga Mahotsav, NSD, New Delhi, Prithvi Theatre, International Theatre Festival of Kerala, and different other venues in India. He is recipient of Maharashtra Foundation Award, Aswaghosh Award given by Bodhi Natya Parishad and Best Play-writing award given by Natya Parishad. His research interests include Narrative Theory, Colonial Literature and Theatre Studies. He has published his research work on drama and fiction in English and Marathi in various journals and presented papers in national and international conferences. Currently, he has been pursuing a collaborative project on archival research project supported by Asia Art Archive. After holding teaching positions for twelve years at under-graduate and post-graduate levels, Ashutosh has worked with India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore. Currently, Ashutosh has been working as Associate Professor of Literature and Drama at FLAME University, Pune, (India).
Noopur Desai is an art critic and researcher writing in Marathi and English. Currently, She is a PhD scholar at the School of Media and Cultural Studies, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. In the past she has worked as a researcher with Jackfruit Research and Design, Bangalore, Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong and Devi Art Foundation, Delhi; and in research and programming at Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, and Mohile Parikh Centre, Mumbai. Noopur is the recipient of FICA Ila Dalmia research grant 2015 for her project ‘Formulating Dialogical Art: An Archival Project of Public Art Interventions’. She is also associated with the Centre for Arts and Social Practice (CASP).
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