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Should Art | G5A Culture Festival

Should Art | G5A Culture Festival

Should Art 2023 | December 01 to 17, 2023

Every year, G5A takes a pause to reflect and seed the threads for the year and season ahead.

Through a concentrated celebration of art and culture, artists and artisans, and our local neighborhood community, we recognize the collaborative spirit of art-making, as well as the importance of our individual, often isolated, artistic journeys.

Immersed in a three-week-long celebration, we present work that is multidisciplinary, experimental, and independent (through performances, conversations, readings, installations, public art, workshops, podcasts, bazaars, and food), visitors, participants, and artists will find wonder, joy, and hope. For the second week of the festival, we are joined by Musician, Activist, and G5A Advisory Council Member, T.M. Krishna, who takes on the role of Resident Curator.

This December, let’s come together to Connect. Create. Celebrate.

The word Boundary has always evoked powerful imagery and the associated emotions. Images of limits, of limitlessness. Of confinement, of boundlessness. Of exclusivity, of inclusivity. Of hate, of love.

Boundary is possibly the one thing that has defined us in ways that can be formidable or liberating, whether it is our gender, our caste, our religion, our country. It has torn us apart, yet, if we were to set ourselves free, it has the astonishing ability of drawing us close, with focus and intensity.

For us at G5A, it is the individual, the artist, and we, together as a community, that must make mindful choices, with no room for ambivalence. And create worlds that are fluid, molten, yet assimilated, integrated.

Especially today, when the world is so much closer with possibility, yet it is at its possible worst, in terms of fragmentation and difference – in thought, in voice, in action.

It is not one isolated moment, but a frightening compounding of multiple events in the past months that necessitated the focus on the idea of Boundary for Should Art 2023.

G5A has been built as a place that is expansive in its essence and demands the breaking free from shackles of every kind. So as to breathe fully, experience intimately, and evolve richly; sparking intense potentiality, fomenting powerful new work, and connecting deeply with one another.

Anuradha Parikh
Founder and Artistic Director

Week 01

December 01
12:00 to 21:00 | Textures of Sand

December 02
12:00 to 21:00 | Textures of Sand

December 03
12:00 to 21:00 |  Textures of Sand


December 01 to 03
12:00 to 20:00 | Fragrant Ragas by Kaustuv Kanti Ganguli


December 01
16:30 to 18:30 | Portals from Boundaries by Rhea Gupte

December 02
18:00 to 19:30 | Different Strokes by Rachana Devidayal

December 03
18:00 to 20:00 | Haiku and Ukiyo-e by Bina

Week 02 

December 07
19:00 to 20:00 | Untouchable by Manjeet Sarkar
21:00 to 22:45 | DaklaKatha DeviKavya by Jangama Collective 

December 08
19:00 to 20:15 | Nooramma: Biriyani Durbar by Kattiyakkari Theatre Group
21:00 to 22:00 | Beyond Borders by the Manganiars and Langas

December 09
19:00 to 20:00 | Poetry in Resistance with Meena Kandasamy and Aamir Aziz
21:00 to 22:00 | A Native Tongue Called Peace by Imphal Talkies and The Howlers
17:00 to 18:00 | The Art of the Impossible by Magicians of Kathputli Colony 

December 10
09:30 to 11:00 and 17:00 to 18:30| Walk with Me with Priti Shivdikar | Worli Koliwada
17:00 to 18:30 | Maati Katha by Tram Arts Trust
20:00 to 21:00 | She’s Auspicious by Mythili Prakash


December 07
17:00 to 19:00 | Bad Drawing Party by Gaysi Family

December 09
17:00 to 19:00 | Bead Craft by Tara, Ismailia Helping Society

December 10
17:00 to 19:00 | Paper Making by Pranav Gajjar
18:30 to 20:00 | Sunderban Clay Doll Making with Dinesh Mondal and Naresh Das Facilitated by Tram Arts

Week 03

December 13
18:30 to 19:40 | Afghanistan is Not Funny by Henry Naylor
21:00 to 22:10 | Afghanistan is Not Funny by Henry Naylor

December 14
18:30 to 19:30  | Inner Monologue | Atul Pethe 
20:30 to 21:30 | My Home at the Intersection by Abhishek Thapar

December 15
19:00 to 22:00  | Pardevala Cinema | Karan Chitra Deshmukh
20:30 to 21:30  | Hallucinations of an Artifact by Mandeep Raikhy

December 16
17:00 to 18:00 | Inner Monologue | Siddhesh Gautam 
19:00 to 20:00 | Kala Pathak
21:00 to 22:30 | Fresh Violence by Punit Pania

December 17
15:00 to 16:30 | The Un-Recital by Sahil Vasudeva
17:00 to 18:00 | Inner Monologue | Atul Dodiya 
18:30 to 20:00 | New Urdu Voices, presented by Javed Akhtar
21:00 to 23:00 | Street Art by Famous Family, Paranoid Crew, Swadesi and Tappori’s Paradise


December 15
17:00 – 19:00 | Dhamaka by Abhishek Thapar

December 16
18:00 – 20:00 | Draw the line at? by Gia Singh Arora and Somya Kautia

December 17
19:30 – 21:00 | I draw, therefore I am by Siddhesh Gautam

Festival Schedule

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