AnecDOTes, is a series of events as an extension of the project "Understanding Performance as Art and Beyond: Multiple Gaze", initiated and undertaken by Samudra Kajal Saikia who is recipient of the Ila Dalmia FICA research Grant 2013.

AnecDOTes has been curated into the ongoing exhibition FICA's Homepage 2014 in collaboration with Saikia. {C}{C}{C}{C}Designed as a series of casual conversations between performance art practitioners, art-writers, researchers, students and art-enthusiasts in the first floor space of Vadehra Art Gallery, these sessions started on 4th August and will be continued till 20th August, 2014.

The schedule of events:

  • 04 August 2014 | "About the growing interest towards Performance Art", Rikimi Madhukaillya presenting a number of young artists and students in action; [Raj Yadav, "Piece of Peace"; Rahul Gautam, "Character Exchange", "Earasing Self"; Nitish Arora, "Is everything is Numbers?"
  • 04 August 2014 | Performance by a theatre activist group Paltan. [Abhinav Sabyasachi, Ajit, Shivendra, and Sushanta Das]
  • 05 August 2014 | "New Media and the alternative 'Live'ness", Artist's showcase and Dialogue by Amitesh Grover, interlocutor: Aditya Shrinivas.
  • 06 August 2014 | "Performance art is like Parasite!", Inder Salim with Anecdotes.
  • 07 August 2014 | "Performativity in Art and Performance Art", Artist's showcase and Dialogue by Paribartana Mohanty, interlocutor: Rahul Bhattacharya.
  • 08 August 2014 | "The Becoming: a woman, a performance artist", Artist's showcase and Dialogue by Manmeet Devgun, interlocutor: Shaheen Ahmed.
  • 11 August 2014 | "Performances along with an Artists' Collective", showcasing the artists' Collective WALA, with Akansha Rastogi, Sujit Mallick, Paribartana Mohanty.  
  • 12 August 2014 | the artist is (not) present, Talk and presentation around Performance Curation by Parvez Imam.
  • 12 August 2014| ART AND PUBLIC, Artist's Dialogue with Sreejata Roy.
  • 14 August 2014 | Creating Platforms : Experiments in Cooperation, Showcasing KIPAF [Kolkata International Performance Art Festival] from the platform of Performance Independent. Joint presentation by Rahul Bhattacharya and Anirban Dutta.
  • 16 August 2014 | Manifested - Performance and Activism through intercultural exchange - Presentation by Julia Villaseñor Bell and Priyanka Choudhary | * This is an independent event and has been included here in the AnecDOTes schedule as there are several overlaps in the engagement with performance art between the two events.
  • 18 August 2014 | Presentations by Students from AUD, Nahusha Ks, Aruna Rao, Shivangi Singh, Karthik KG and Arya Krishnan, Followed by a performance by Zooni Tickoo
  • 19 August 2014 | Performance and Lecture by Inter Salim
  • 21 August 2014 | Pushing the boundaries: developing a dialogue across the disciplines, Artist's showcase and Dialogue by Zuleikha Chaudhari.

The AnecDOTes events are casual and limited to a small audience of practitioners and those interested in engaging in a dialogue on performance art. Interested participants may contact Samudra Kajal Saikia,, +91-9811375594.