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For all the latest Lucknow News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Seema Chishti | Updated: October 2 2016 11:34 am Uday Prakash was the first of many artistes to return his Akademi Award over the killing of fellow recipient Kannada litterateur MM Kalburgi Top News Born in Shahdol in Madhya Pradesh Hindi writer Uday Prakash is best known for his short stories Peeli Chhatri Waali Ladki and Mohandas the latter a disturbing tale of a Dalit boy who sets off to rediscover his stolen identity Later made into a film Mohandas fetched Prakash the Sahitya Akademi Award for Hindi in 2010 Through his writings Prakash has explored themes of displacement and alienation and given voice to the concerns of the marginalised Last year Prakash was the first of many artistes to return his Akademi Award over the killing of fellow recipient Kannada litterateur MM Kalburgi He was objecting to the literary body’s silence over the assaults on writers and sparked a national debate over intolerance and nationalism You returned your Sahitya Akademi Award a year ago in protest over the killing of M M Kalburgi How do you look back on that decision Honestly it was fear that prompted my decision All these killings were done by fanatics by people of a particular mindset Narendra Dabholkar Govind Pansare and Kalburgi — they were all people like me elderly They were shot at home or while they were out on a walk I had met Kalburgi twice I knew Dabholkar too These people were killed in cold blood and what surprised me was that there was no uproar over their deaths The institution that had awarded Kalburgi did not even hold a condolence meeting for him When a rail accident takes place the department of railways goes to the home of the victim to console the family and offer compensation But when these writers and rationalists were killed no one reached out It made me ponder do we even exist for society Do our awards have any meaning Are these deaths like dry leaves falling somewhere soundlessly When I tried to express myself on social media the reaction was such that I had never seen before Previously too writers have been critical of many things but now there was a mob trolling us in such abusive language that many of us took down our Facebook pages My decision to give up my award was shaped by fear but fear also gave me courage I recalled a Soviet film The Ballad of a Soldier in which a young soldier who was part of the Russian army at war with the Nazis commits a daring act because he fears losing a girl When asked what prompted his brave act he said ‘fear drove me’ Similarly unmindful of the consequences I returned my award Did you anticipate the response that followed The decision to return the award was an individual one I hadn’t anticipated the reaction that followed Initially I was scoffed at but I got a lot of support from both English and regional authors including Nayantara Sahgal Sarah Joseph and Ashok Vajpeyi Not just writers artistes from all fields came out in support of me and what started as an individual decision gradually became a movement After I returned my award I was away from the country for a month When I got back I discovered that from being known as a writer I had gone on to become a person who had returned an award That became my new identity It had its problems but it also helped For instance when a meeting I addressed in Ahmedabad attracted a huge crowd I knew we had made a difference A writer works alone but you got a lot of support after you returned your award Did this act of solidarity enthuse you I have been vice president of the Janwadi Lekhak Sangh (Progressives Writers’ Association) I became a full-time member of the Communist Party when I was 16 But after 1969 when even the Left writers’ groups became more of think-tanks who gave little freedom to individuals it felt lonely to be a writer With politics turning into a machine that runs on its own fuel of media criminals and corporates the writer feels more isolated than ever before with only his readers left as supporters So loneliness is something that we have to deal with What are the challenges facing a writer in today’s India The only functional ideology in India remains the caste system You will find that everyone in language and literature groups is organised along the lines of dominant castes Even amongst writers it is only the Savarnas that dominate the non-Savarna writers are totally marginalised But this domination is certainly being challenged My writing too is challenging it but writers like us are challenging the existing order from the margins We don’t get the kind of support and privileges that some others do As Engles (German philosopher Friedrich Engles) said language is the practical consciousness of humanity Whatever you do you think via language So it is in languages that you will find all thought distilled Visit the department of Urdu English or Hindi in any university and you will find conservatism orthodoxy sectarianism and all prevailing outlooks reflected there It’s difficult to modernise in such circumstances Modernisation is India’s prime challenge We are still living in the medieval period trapped in the thoughts expounded by Brahminism and Manu Smriti and living in hate What else explains why so many Indians live in fear because of their eating habits You are isolated unless you are “one of them” Thinking writers are made to feel like they are a minority We may be stuck in the past in many spheres but India has also seen change Yes of course there has been change Go to the villages and you will see that the demography is changing and it’s challenging the status quo but those who are being confronted by this change too are fighting back and fighting back aggressively These are dangerous times we are witnessing change and the pushback to it New media and technology are fuelling rumours and media has become a powerful instigator of violence spreading rumours superstition and hate This war-mongering media would make us believe we all want a war but go and speak to the people and you will see no one wants a war The jumlebazi and dialogues of Gabbar Singh and Sholay will go on the hectoring will continue but this regime is losing the trust of people The more that trust erodes the more hysterical they become in their speech This needs to be spooled back calmly and coolly You studied and later taught at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) What are your thoughts on the controversy that engulfed it earlier this year The attack on JNU was an organised one They want to finish certain institutions like JNU and FTII This regime wants to destroy all institutions of excellence knowledge and thinking This is because they are not rational and don’t have an ability to provide answers When they introduce odd policies and are questioned on it they have no answers They want to finish off the tradition of thinking people What according to you is the role of artistes in shaping society Should they speak out on issues Painting composing poems making sculptures all these are individual pursuits Given the reality of the capitalist system art usually survives on patronage but in times when masses galvanise and things pick up artists do join movements For instance India’s Independence movement saw the participation of artistes of all kinds For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Vandana Kalra | New Delhi | Updated: October 23 2015 1:11 pm Artist Sumedh Rajendran Top News The ordinary iron fence is his metaphor for boundaries — geographical and psychological It is what Sumedh Rajendran turned to when he depicted the history of immigration in Vancouver in August this year or even at his current exhibition in Delhi where the fence is the signifier of distance It is the boundary that runs through Metal Shoulders the solitary figure in wood and metal or an untitled collage where the crowd manages intersecting paths at his exhibition at Vadehra Art Gallery on till Saturday “It is a universal symbol everyone associates the fence with limits boundaries that can’t be crossed” says the Delhi-based artist Titled “Split Distance” the solo comes to the Capital after five years In between was his acclaimed satirical work in tin plates and rubber tyres Lower Ribs in the travelling exhibition “Indian Highway” In 2012 he was at the inaugural Kochi-Muziris Biennale taking a jibe at the Malayali fascination for wood in his installations made of laminated interiors At the current exhibition too he has wood installations suspended from the wall in the form of landscapes “These are reflections on water The exterior world impacts the interior and visa versa The reflections indicate how realities are distorted” he says Born into a family of artists in Kerala — his grandfather R Govindan Chari was a professor of design and father G Rajendran a well-known artist —Rajendran was inclined to sculptures at an early age Years followinghis graduation from College of Fine Arts Trivandrum (1994) were a period of confusion though On a quest to find a new language of art he headed for post graduation to Delhi College of Art This trip from Kerala to Delhi is what the globetrotter terms as his longest journey “It was a cultural transformation and gave me a different perspective” he says Rajendran found his theme in stories of migrants like him and in the urban chaos In this exhibition he carries forward his dilemmas of displacement The bird too is caged — its wings are trapped in the fence in Foot on Vertigo Rajendran looks at the dilemmas of displacement in his work Renuka Puri The story appeared in print with the headline Not on the Fence For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Agencies | Published: August 5 2011 4:48 pm Top News With its mixture of romantic road trips and homemade flamethrowersa meet-cute over a cricket-eating contest and a brutally bloody climax’Bellflower’ is the real crazystupid love It’s mesmerizing the way Evan Glodell’s film changes You know something horrible is going to happen because flashes of it flicker before us at the film’s start; they don’t make sense but they establish an inescapable tension Still”Bellflower” lulls you in with the natural rhythms of its sweetly idyllichipster love affaironly to morph into something disturbingly dark and violent It happens so subtlyyou won’t believe it occurred before your very eyes ”Subtle” isn’t a word you would apply often herebut its brazenness is part of its allure Glodell directedwroteco-producedco-edited and stars in this ultra-low budget film _ his feature debut _ which essentially suggests that getting your heart broken is tantamount to the apocalypse And it can certainly feel like that when you’re in the middle of it But Glodell takes this notion to incendiary heightsand in doing sohas made one of the most wildly creative movies to come along in a while He even built the camera used to shoot ‘Bellflower’ which allows for an oversaturation of colors that vividly reflects his characters’ extremes That’s just one of many examples of how personal this story is for Glodellwho based it on a bad break-up of his own; ”Bellflower” might not serve as the best dating video for him Things are bopping along in hunky-dory fashion at the beginningthough Woodrow (Glodell) and Aiden (a hugely charismatic Tyler Dawson) spend their days in sun-drenched Southern California crafting ”Mad Max”-inspired weapons and gadgets (The title comes from the name of the street where much of the action takes place) Their piece de resistance is ”The Medusa” a muscle car that shoots flames out the back They’re slackers with an imagination _ as well as a seemingly unlimited supply of cash for beer and cigarettes _ and the banter between Glodell and Dawson feels so organicyou’d swear they truly were lifelong best friends Then one night at their favorite local barWoodrow crosses paths with Milly (Jessie Wiseman) when they both agree to jump on stage and see who can scarf down the most crickets She’s sexyfunnyirreverenttotally herself _ and Woodrow is quickly smitten Aidenmeanwhilebegins a flirtation with Milly’s best friendCourtney (Rebekah Brandes) When they’re all togetherthe party never ends Until one dayit does ”Bellflower” explores the ways in which we convince ourselves that a man or a woman is right for us in the giddy glow of a new relationshipthe way we assign ideal characteristics that may or may not actually be there Woodrow’s state of mind becomes so unreliable as he sinks deeper into despair over the break-upwe wonder whether Milly was ever as great as she was initially depicted _ and we wonder what’s real as ”Bellflower” reaches its explosive conclusion The combination of insightful truths and imaginative visuals is what makes ”Bellflower” so thrillingand it offers hope that original storytelling is still out therelurking in the darknessjust waiting for a massive flamethrower to light it up ”Bellflower” an Oscilloscope Laboratories releaseis rated R for disturbing violencesome strong sexualitynuditypervasive language and some drug use Running time: 105 minutes Three and a half stars out of four For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: AP | Thessaloniki | Published: October 4 2017 5:02 pm A Greek court ruled Wednesday to extradite Russian cybercrime suspect Alexander Vinnik to the United States where he is wanted in connection with a billion bitcoin fraud case (Image Source: AP) Top News A Greek court ruled Wednesday to extradite Russian cybercrime suspect Alexander Vinnik to the United States where he is wanted in connection with a $4 billion bitcoin fraud case The three-member panel of judges backed the US extradition request for the 37-year-old who was arrested while on vacation in northern Greece on July 25 Soon after the decision Vinnik’s lawyers appealed to the Supreme Court 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