हाकारा । hākārā
//: (m) हाक, बोलावणे;
a call, a general or a great and continued calling
हाकारा | hākārā 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 | hākārā 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 रीतीनं गुंतलेले असतात की त्यांच्यातील सीमारेषा धूसर 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 | hākārā 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 महत्त्वाचं ठरतं, तसंच त्यांची इतिहास, तत्त्वज्ञानाबरोबरच विज्ञान आणि तंत्रज्ञानासारख्या ‘इतर’ विद्याशाखांशी घातली जाणारी सांगड मोलाची ठरेल.
हाकारा | hākārā 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.
हाकारा | hākārā तील मजकूर अभ्यासकांनी केलेल्या पुनरावलोकनानंतर प्रकाशित केला जातो.
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 हाकारा | 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 focus on creative and critical writing in Marathi and English across literary and visual forms of expressions.
The peer-reviewed journal, हाकारा | hākārā is 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 हाकारा | hākārā editors are interested in sharing of research, speculations, literary and visual work presented in innovative ways that respond 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. 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).
Aarti Wani is an Associate Professor of English at the Symbiosis college of Arts and Commerce, Pune. Her book, Fantasy of Modernity: Romantic Love in the Bombay Cinema of the 1950s (2016) has been published by Cambridge University Press.
Abhishek Majumdar is an award-winning playwright, director and actor based in Bengaluru. His plays have received the Hindu Metro Plus Playwright’s award and the Toto Funds the Arts award and have been produced in various festivals in India and abroad.
Adrienne Rich (1929–2012)was widely known and influential American poet and essayist. She wrote two dozen volumes of poetry, more than a half-dozen of prose and was at the forefront of feminist movements.
Ali Akbar Mehta is a transmedia artist and the co-founder of ‘Museum of Impossible Forms’, Helsinki; and ‘Outsiders at Work’, Helsinki. He has exhibited his projects in galleries and alternate spaces in New Delhi, Mumbai, Dubai, Helsinki, and Tampere.
Anju Chandran has completed her BFA (Painting) from RLV College of Music and Fine Arts, Tripunithura; and MFA (Printmaking) from University of Hyderabad in 2017. She has received Lalit Kala Akademi Scholarship in 2017 – 2018 for young artists.
Ashlesha Gore is a published Marathi translator based in Pune. She loves to translate fictions. She is also interested in languages, reading and theatre.
Chetan Mevada is a visual artist based in Baroda. He has completed his BVA (Painting) and MVA (Printmaking) from Faculty of Fine Arts, M. S. University, Baroda.
Chhaya Koregaonkar is a published Marathi poet. Akantpriya Majhaa and Ek Avakash Maajhhi are her published collections of poems. She is active through Ambedkarite movements and Women Empowerment programme in Maharashtra.
Dr Chinmay Dharurkar is a faculty of Linguistics in Central University, Kasargod, Kerala.
Divya Pandey is a visual artist based in Baroda. She has completed her MFA (Painting) from College of Arts and Crafts, Lucknow University.
Harper Lee was an American novelist known for To Kill a Mockingbird, published in 1960 and won Pulitzer Prize in 1961. Author of this only book, Lee was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contribution to literature in 2007.
Himanshu Smart is an award winning playwright, poet and writes scholarly articles in Marathi. He is visiting faculty at Lalit Kala Kendra, Savitribai Phule Pune University, Pune.
Indrajit Khambe is Kanakavali (Kokan, Maharashtra)based photographer. He has photo-documented the art of Wrestling and Dashavtar performances in Kokan. His photographs are widely published and exhibited through exhibitions and festival as well as published in print and online journals.
Kaustubh Somnath Naik writes in Marathi and English. He is the co-ordinator of Hans Sangeet Natyamandl in Goa. Kaustubh has been pursuing research in Marathi Theatre in Goa from Department of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
Nela Milic is an artist and an academic working in media and arts, and is a Senior Lecturer for
Contextual and Theoretical Studies in the Design School at London College of Communication.
Nikhil Purohit is an artist interested in art education, writing, arts management, research and documentation.
Obayya Puttur completed his BFA from Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts (CAVA), Mysore in 2009 and MFA from Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata in 2014. He has participated in a two-year residency at the Kanoria Centre of Arts, Ahmedabad. He lives in Mumbai.
Prasanta Ghosh is a visual artist based in Kolkata. He has completed his BFA from Rabindrabharati University, Kolkata and MVA (Painting) from M.S. University Baroda.
Rumi Samadhan is a visual artist, sculptor and an independent researcher based in Mumbai. She has completed post graduate diploma in Modern & Contemporary Indian Art & Curatorial Studies from Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Mumbai.
Samreen Sajeda is currently pursuing an MA in English Literature from the University of Mumbai. Her poems have been published in Muse India, the Indian Cultural Forum and in the Anthology of Poetry India.
Sanika Dhakephalkar is a Masters graduate in English from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. She is a poet, a painter, and a feminist through and through. She speaks, sings, and loves in several languages.
Santosh Gujar is a practising architect and writer based in Mumbai.
Saumitra is an award-winning Marathi poet. He has published his collection of poems, Ani Tarihi and his second collection of poems, Bowl will be published soon. Saumitra is also known as actor in Marathi and Hindi films.
Shruti Mahajan is a visual artist currently living in Hyderabad. She has studied Painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M. S. University, Baroda and Textile Design from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. She was invited for an artist in residency programs by Kunststiftung NRW in Cologne in 2010 and Studio Hoeherweg271 in Düsseldorf in 2012 respectively.
Sukanya Garg is an artist and writer based in New Delhi. She has a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University, USA.
Vikki Nanda is a research student at the Department of English, Savitribai Phule Pune University.
Earlier Editions: Contributors
Abhay Manachekar is a visualizer, designer and theatre artist. He works with Ogilvy and Mather as a Creative Director.
Vivek Padhye is a web designer and developer.
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