Materiality of Sound/João Renato Orecchia Zúñiga


João Renato Orecchia Zúñiga is an artist and performer who makes things with sound. Through experimentation and improvisation Orecchia investigates the materiality of sound, seeking a balance between computer technology, hand-made electronics and real world sounds like the human voice, field recordings and traditional musical instruments.

He is in artists-in-residency program with Oddjoint at Goa.

Orecchia has released several recordings, been nominated for a South African Film & Television Award for sound design and published a sound work in the latest issue of the Leonardo Music Journal.

Sound Bending/ Travelogue/ Sameer Thakur


It has a sharp tongue, over 1500 names and shapes, has been to space and can hide among house keys. It also chases away all thought and can compose the universe, amplified by/in your head.

Ancient traditional and shamanic practices consider its vibrations a hidden code to time travel.

And for our resident lotuseater and president-of-the-lying-down-society Sameer, it all started with a big twang!

About a decade ago, Sameer embarked on his own sound-bending journey while watching hundreds of dead people turn to ashes on the banks of the Ganga in Banaras while vaguely considering afterlife and (im) mortality. As company, he only had a mutt and a Morchung, the desi mouth harp picked up that day. The mutt stretched, yawned left at some point but the instrument became his thought-chasing magic machine/ friend /guide/starship enterprise that very bizarre night. They are inseparable ever since.

Along the way, this self-confessed-emperor-of-lazydom has taught himself the didgeridoo and a few other curious instruments acquired on travel trails. He has since connected many many friends and strangers to the Morchung. Many have confessed to not sleeping much the first night of the big twang. Simple and ancient sound-bending stuff are his thing.

This summer of 2016, Sameer Thakur was invited to share sounds of his Morchung in Yakutsk, Russia at, convincingly, the world’s largest festival celebrating the traditions of the mouth harp. Khomus, the traditional version of the mouth harp is the national instrument of the republic where people say “Siberia? Pffft. That’s behind and we’re beyond!” He felt a bit like a cultural kosmonot, so he joined an ensemble to play Indian style in museums and festivals in Moscow, Hungary and Sicily. With a few impromptu solo gigs in hostels, parks, permafrost and volcano trails thrown in.

Sameer will share images, sounds and thrills of traveling where few have been and the magic of carving ice, forging iron and sharing sound-bending and time-shifting vibes with some amazing sentient beings – humans, horses and mammoths included.

He will also seek friends on a crowd-sourced project mapping unknown facts and stories around this magical instrument across the planet. Talk less, harp more. This is his new thing.

Presentation/Film Maker/Ruchir Arun


Ruchir Arun is a graduate from Film and Television Institute of India. He works as a freelancer filmmaker in Bombay. His Diploma film Mandrake! Mandrake!, won the national award for the best short fiction film in the year 2014. His 2nd short film 5 o’ clock accidents got a Special Jury Mention at the National Awards, 2015. These films along with others have been showcased in various film festivals across the world.

In his words –

Of all the things that happened in the year 1985, the singular most important event (according to the writer) and the one that will have ever lasting impact on humanity was the appearance of the comic strip named ‘Calvin and Hobbes’. Born in the same year as the comic strip, Ruchir Arun was around seven years old when he first laid year eyes on Watterson’s masterpiece. Though at that age, the existential philosophy made no sense, what really attracted Ruchir to the comic strip was spirit of friendship between the boy and the tiger and the enormous amount of time they spent (wasted) talking about things that had no purpose or consequence. It reflected what an ideal life was like in Ruchir’s head. One such useless conversation between Calvin and Hobbes has in a way had a lasting impact on Ruchir’s life.

In that particular strip, Calvin was discussing what a 20/10 vision is. He tells to an ignorant Hobbes, ‘If you have 20/10 vision you are above average! You are better than the “normal” person and you have better than what is considered to be standard or normal, vision. If you have 20/10 vision, you can see at 20 feet, what a normal person can see at 10 feet from an eye chart. Only 1% of people have 20/10 vision. If you fall in the 1%, then Nothing can stop you’.

Ruchir Arun was born on 20/10 of1985. Somehow he felt that these words were directly addressed to him. This simple (and stupid) assumption has lead to a life of adventures and misadventures. Soon with life opening up to new comic characters, Ruchir’s obsession shifted from Calvin to Calculus (from Tintin). He obsessively read and re read every known publication of Tintin. His favourite was Calculus. In fact as a teenager, he so desperately wanted to be like Prof. Calculus that soon after school he joined the Mathematics honours course in St. Xaviers, Calcutta. But reality is much stranger than fiction. One day in first year of Maths hons. a friend of his invited him to see a film called Taxi Driver. As he was seeing Scorsese’s masterpiece, he had a complete meltdown as he was being consumed by the phenomenon called adulthood. As the film stopped after two hours, Ruchir did not want to be a scientist with impaired hearing, neither did he (thankfully) want to be a Taxi Driver. He wanted to be a film-maker. Did he think it would be easy to become a film-maker. No, but then he remembered what Calvin had once told him, Nothing can stop me. He promptly dropped out of Maths hons. the following semester and joined a film studies course in the same college. In that course Ruchir made a film called God’s Men that was accepted in some local film festivals and was really appreciated by the 7 out of 9 people who saw it. It boosted Ruchir’s confidence. Nothing can stop me was his motto and he was ready to take the next big step in his life. He was ready to go to FTII. Despite some horrible ragging and a worse interview, Ruchir found himself at FTII. This gave him further confidence that no matter how badly one f*** in life, No one can stop him.

As soon as he entered FTII, a whole new world opened up for him. He was given the gift he had been searching for his entire life, the gift of Poker. Ruchir excelled at playing Poker at FTII. His nights were spent swindling his fellow students off their money and days spent dozing off in class. Somehow he scraped through this three (5) years at FTII and made a diploma called Mandrake! Mandrake! which would be the fourth or the fifth best film in his class but then to everyone’s surprise (and his own) got a National Award for the best short film. While accepting the award from the President he smiled smugly and thought ‘No one can stop me’ and then arrived in Mumbai in full flair where he met his match! Mumbai Stopped him!

The first year in Mumbai was not working out as dreamily as he thought it would. Thats where the skill set he picked up in his film school came into use. Poker saved the day, and the month and the year subsequently. The day his seniors (with who he piled on in order to escape RENT) finally threw him out Ruchir landed a plum assignment. He made a film called ‘5 o’ clockaccidents’ that got him his second national award.

As Ruchir was wondering whether he should think ‘Nobody can stop me’ a few ads came his way – where he would have to deliver as a first AD. He now learnt what it means to work 8 days a week and 25 hours a day. He managed to still hold fort amidst the madness and the mayhem where he visited countries like Thailand on assignments only to see their airports and their cabs.

As the madness and the mayhem in the ad world continued to grow in deafening decibels Ruchir was offered his first commercial to direct a public service campaign called ‘Mike and I’, which genuinely won the hearts of many Facebookers, ending in two marriage proposals. Politely rejecting them saying he is too young to get married Ruchir went on to direct an ad on marriage, a wedding rather, for BIBA. The BIBA commercial got millions of hits and suddenly the world started opening for Ruchir in a different way.

Currently, Ruchir spends his days working on concepts for commercials and web series and features and his nights, dreaming of a time when he wouldn’t have to do any of the hard work and he would be on the head of a Poker table raising his glass of champagne and thinking the thought that has stuck by him for over two decades – No one can stop me.


Screening : Remembering Kurdi

rememberingkurdiSaumyananda Sahi, the director will present his 64-minute documentary film, ‘Remembering Kurdi’, produced by the Films Division of India.

The film tries to piece together fractured memories of a village that was submerged by the Salaulim Dam over three decades ago, but which resurfaces annually for a few weeks during the summer – allowing its prior inhabitants to return to perform rituals, visit the graves of their ancestors, have picnics in the ruins of their homes, and remember what is lost.

In chronicling the continuing importance of the places of our past, and in observing how people return even after being rehabilitated elsewhere, the film reflects on how memory is such an integral part of our sense of belonging, and how land can mean so much more than an entity to be bought and sold, or to be abandoned in the name of development.

Poetry Reading


Four poets, Scherezade Siobhan, Greg Bem, Kripi Grey and Priyal Mog will be presenting their work. A multi-disciplinary weaving of words, sounds and visuals will welcome you to experience worlds within worlds as they open their palms and let the menagerie of memory shine in silvered dark. In association with TATVA.

Kripi Malviya is an Indian psychologist, existential psychotherapist and mental health trainer; she is also a poet, writer and avid traveler. As the co-creator of the international experiential emotional wellness organisation TATVA. She promotes feminism in her practice and advocates for reciprocal relationships between multidisciplinary creative self expression, emotional awareness and therapy; with respect, inclusivity and vulnerability. She loves living on islands and disintegrating existing power structures and systems. Her work has been published in Psychedelic Press UK, The Four Quarters Magazine and she is currently a guest writer for the online magazine ‘Feminism in India’. She has worked in various South East and South Asian countries including India, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Thailand.

Greg Bem is a writer, curator and technologist based in Seattle. He has organized, hosted and performed in poetry and cultural events spanning such diverse places as Hong Kong, Cambodia, California, Philadelphia, Rhode Island, and Maine. His published work has appeared in form of over half dozen chapbooks and also in Berfrois, Rain Taxi, Queenmobs amongst many other literary spaces. He is the creator of a community driven series of readings in Seattle called “Ghost Tokens” and also ran the much applauded and well recognized interdisciplinary art event “Breadline” in Seattle. In 2015, he organized and participanted in the event Tukwila Revealed as part of the Duwamish Revealed project in 2015. Through art, science, and historical inquiry, it aimed to explore ecological, social, developmental, and literary elements of the Duwamish River. He is the founder and editor-in-chief of a new literary and arts review journal Yellow Rabbits Review. He can be found at

Scherezade Siobhan is an Indo-Roma social scientist, writer and performance artist who uses textual, aural, visual and kinesthetic experiences in a combination of semantics and somatics to explore the landscape of non-white womanhood & its manifold exiles as well as revolutions – physical, emotional and psychological. Her writing has been translated into multiple languages as well as featured in various digital and physical spaces and can be found in literary magazines, anthologies, international galleries, rehab centers and in the bios of okcupid users. Her digital collection of poems “Bone Tongue” was published by Thought Catalog Books and her full length poetry book “Father, Husband” was recently released by Salopress UK. She is interested in a feminist psychology that enables neurodivergent women to decipher their mental and environmental habitats via arts and to support this she initiated “The Mira Project”( in 2016 so as to encourage global dialogues about women’s safety, gendered violence and street harassment.


Presentation : The Nomadic Diaries


Psyman OChen, in three years he travelled from Australia to Africa without a flight, relying only on barter economy and hitch hikes. He will share his experiences of barter economy and volunteering with conservation efforts of local communities across three continents- Australia, Asia and Africa. He totalled 47,000 km (29,205 miles) from Melbourne, Australia to Eilat, Israel.

Narratives and Inspirations/ films of Bert Haanstra & Rajat Nagpal


Rajat Nagpal will screen his films along with inspiring shorts of Bert Haanstra. The talk will be on language of these films.

Of Bert Haanstra:
1. Zoo (11min)
2. Glass (10 min)
3. Mirror of Holland (9min)

Of Rajat Nagpal:
1. Rahim Murge Pe Mat Ro (1 min: 2008) showcased at International Museum of Modern Art, Paris
2. Without The Sun (6 min: 2001) ( screened in over 15 countries)
3. Four Shows Daily (12 min: 2003) (Silver at British Council Film Festival, 2004)
4. Paar (1 min: 2008) Critics Award, Filmminute
5. Music Videos:
– Sadho Re by Agnee, Antariksha by Rahul Sharma, Saware by Roop Kumar Rathod (10 min: 2007-2009), IMVA gold winners


Evening of Live Electronica Music and Demonstrations


We are presenting an evening of Live and improvised electronic music featuring some of the best in the field and a range of music styles and processes, from ambient and experimental to abstract rhythm oriented material. Ish and his friends will also have a small interactive session before the live performances in which They will showcase some of the processes and techniques used by the artists.

Artists are Senking (Germany), Feldermelder (Switzerland), edGeCut (India) and Lars Lundehave Hansen (Denmark)

Sound Reasons is a festival for sound art and contemporary electronic music which takes place in India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. With concerts, workshops, talks and Installations across various venues the focus this time is on live performances and sound installations.

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Evening of Classical Guitar Music


Veda Aggarwal is a classical guitarist with a merit in the Trinity College Grade 8 examination in 2005. Veda lives in Pune, India, and has been teaching and performing locally for several years. Her last collaborative work was adapting arias from Mozart’s Don Giovianni for classical guitar, in a unique online partnership with the American soprano Samantha Chardin. One of five national finalists for the Spanish Guitar Competition in 2009, Veda has received special training from classical guitarists Roger Zimmerman and GFA 2010 winner Johannes Moller.

We will be listening to Bach, Francisco Tarrega, Fernando Sor and Isaac Albeniz etc.


Making God/God in Making : Study of roadside shrines


Dr. Vidya Kamat, Founding Member, Secretary, Center for Study of Mythology and Culture, Goa, will present her research on roadside shrines in urban spaces. The centre document the myths of the region and its oral history traditions. Through this, they hope to provide a creative and scholarly exposition of the diverse heritage of myths that enrich the cultures of the region and the patterns that emerge therein.

Roadside shrines are a common sight in India. In urban spaces and metropolitan cities like Mumbai, they come across as reminders of migrant histories. Once established, these shrines have their own trajectories of growth and local histories. This illustrated talk will give some insights into making of road side shrines and people who build them.