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On Wednesday 19 August 09, to launch Popsamiti paper we held a debate at Borders bookshop in Charing Cross, London. Titled 'Debating South Asian Arts and Culture".It was a great night with many interesting points made and to a packed house. Thanks to everyone who came.

On the panel were Dr Kishore Budha, Parminder Vir and Parmjit Singh.I chaired the event (for the first time ever!) with Sundjata co - facilitating the discussion.

The event was filmed and edited by artist Ronit Meranda.

Before we began, writer and poet Dina Begum performed three of her poems.

Artist in residence for the event, Priya Saujani performed a public interaction 'The Whole Six Yards'.Part of a series which outlines and documents the reactions of the public towards her dressed in a sari. As part of this she invited audience members to write down their thoughts on her sari. Unfortunatley, Priya's not in the video.

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DINA BEGUM

Dina Begum was born in Bangladesh and grew up in London. She is a freelance writer and poet having contributed short fiction, poetry and comment to publications such as The Illustrated Ape Magazine, Creative Week Newspaper and Asiana Magazine. Dina is currently working on her debut novel The Marriage Broker.

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PRIYA SAUJANI
London-based performance artist Priya Saujani works with the condition of gender and its appearance, the tension of national identity and a kind of alter-feminism through the ‘provocative’ scenario. Her work also equates the spiritual, or divine, with the integrity of participation, the shared experience and allusions to confidentiality and introspection. This coincides with her interest in the assumption, taking on, dressing, and negating: undressing, removing, discarding of identity and its signage of race, age, gender, femininity, and sexuality. Her work therefore is engaged with the transcending of given norms, repetitious acts, stated representations through a sensitive yet forceful dialect.

www.utopriya.com

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'The Whole Six Yards'

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Dr Kishore Budha, media researcher from the Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds. He is the co-founder of the peer-reviewed screen studies open access online journal Wide Screen.

Parmjit Singh, independent filmmaker, runs Agitate films and creative director of Black Chilli Productions.Currently 'Mistaken ID', a controversial film about aggression and police brutality is doing the festival circuit and is getting some attention.

Parminder Vir O.B.E, executive producer and media consultant and founder of the Mayfair Club. Parminder is an award-winning film and television producer with 20 years of production experience of drama, documentary, current affairs and entertainment who has worked for the BBC,ITV, Channel Four and major international channels.

TAJENDER SAGOO,curator of Popsamiti (Chair).

SUNDJATA, courtesy of Flying Fish Creative Agency, co facilitator.

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RONIT MERANDA

 

A poster for the event in Tooting High Street,London,thanks to Shiv Darshan.

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