Dipesh Pandya – Residency Feed

A collection of Instagram posts and links by multiple alter egos used by the artist Dipesh Pandya, Whitstable Biennale artist in residence in North Kent from January – April 2019.

The posts explore multidimensional characteristics of the different lines of enquiry pursued by Pandya throughout the residency period.

This process is used as a way to acknowledge and collate layers of reference, in the form of texts, images and sounds, as responses to information the artist is gathering.

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Today marks the final date of my residency with @whitbien marking two other important events that I have been looking at. The first is Vaisakhi, a historical and religious festival in Sikhism commemorating the formation of the Khalsa Panth of warriors under Guru Gobind Singh Ji in 1699. ⚔️ He started the Khalsa tradition after his father had been beheaded for resisting the religious persecution of non-Muslims (mainly Kashmiri Hindus) during the rule of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. Guru Gobind Singh created and initiated the Khalsa as a warrior with a duty to protect the innocent from any form of religious persecution. The Khalsa redefined the Sikh tradition from the start. It formulated an initiation ceremony and rules of conduct for the Khalsa warriors. It created a new institution for the temporal leadership of the Sikhs, replacing the masands system maintained by the earlier Gurus. 🙏🏾 Yesterday in Gravesend, I participated in a day of celebration and commemoration. The joy of celebrating together with a strong South Asian community, now firmly rooted in Gravesend and the pain of remembering the bloody massacre of Jallianwala Bagh. 🙏🏾 In the evening, I attended a panel discussion on the subject of the massacre at the National Army Museum. After observing a minute of silence in honour of the victims, Satnam Sanghera chaired the discussions with Chris Durlacher, @thesinghtwins_art , Parmjit and @amandeepm of @kashihousecic and @kim.a.wagner to examine and start to dissect the causes and effects of this moment from the past and its influences on the present and future. 👉🏾 #sunspots #radiowaves #interference #massacre1919 #vaisakhi #nagarkirtan #joyandpain #jallianwalabagh #amritsar #gravesend #northfleet #whitstablebiennale #dipeshpandya #swannemesis #ninaradiotapes #icecreammafia #surya #sungod #sunmoon #solarpowered #listensun #futurecivilisation

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🔥 Connecting the dots: Positive Energy and Conscious Sound from last night’s @asian_dub_foundation gig. Thanks to @shivmitimbz for the linkup 👊🏾 “…Kingdom 'gains kingdom and nation 'gains nation Time we are living up in them revelation 'Cos when you take a stock of the whole situation The elders them ah poison the young generation Instead of them ah trying to build a firm foundation Them ah bring human beings down to pure degradation With chemical warfare and nuclear weapons Starvation, Sufferation, Dehumanisation The world population have to take precautions From pollution, corruption, deception, infection Politicians can claim that they've got the solution But deep in up them hearts them have a wicked intention To rinse out poor people with tax and inflation Segregating the massive, separating the nation You think ah, so it goes before you answer a question You better watch yourself before they bug you're not madman 👊🏾 Sooner the culture on on the move… Coming Deeder! This one for all microphone entertainers You have the tool you have the voice so be an educator Stop! Stopping the slackness and come on, tell them proper Encourage the massive to become their own creator Because in ah this time you have to understand That the government man's going to try and mash up on the plan So direct the crowd and give them navigation Believe you'll me get a wicked reaction Sound of the culture 'pon a the move You've got to be conscious in every thing that you do….. Songwriters: Aniruddha Das / John Pandit / Raymond Stephen Crawford / Saidullah Zaman / Sanjay Tailor / Steven Savale Culture Move lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group 🙌🏾 👊🏾🐅 #communitymusic #bricklane #asiandubfoundation #assassin #culturemove #strongculture #naxalite #keepit100 #jallianwalabagh #udhamsingh #whitstablebiennale #gravesend #northfleet #amritsar #dipeshpandya #swannemesis #ninaradiotapes -#icecreammafia #wearealwayslistening #bombayblack #creamland #listensun #futurecivilisation ✊🏾

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Nearing the end of this initial residency with @whitbien and today marks Chaitra Sukhladi, one of the many dates I’m looking at as part of my research. 👉🏾 The month of Chaitra is also associated with the coming of Spring. Sukhladi starts from the bright half of the month or from the day after Amāvásyā. 🌚🌕 The word Amāvásyā in Sanskrit means the dark moon phase of the new moon and is common to almost all Nepalese and Indian languages. Ancient Babylonian, Greek and Indian calendars used 30 lunar phases, called tithi in India. The dark moon tithi is when the Moon is within the 12 degrees of angular distance between the Sun and Moon before conjunction (syzygy). The New Moon tithi (called Pratipada or Prathama) is the 12 angular degrees after syzygy. Amāvásyā is often translated as new moon since there is no standard term for the Moon before conjunction in English. 🌕 In lunar religious calendars, Chaitra begins with the new moon in March/April and is the first month of the year. The first of Chaitra – is celebrated as New Year's Day, known as Gudi Padwa in Maharashtra, Chaitrai Vishu or Puthandu in Tamil Nadu and Ugadi in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. 🌝 In the Tamil calendar, Chitterai begins with the Sun's entry into Aries in mid-April, and is the first month of the year. The full moon day of chaitra is known as "chithira pournami" in Tamil which is an auspicious day for Amman (Goddess in Tamil) Chaitra is considered to be a very auspicious month in which the creation of the universe was started. 🌝 Choitro (Bengali: is the last month of the Bengali calendar. It falls from mid-March to mid-April and is the last month of Spring (Bengali: Bôsôntô). The name of the month is derived from the star Chitra. 🌑 #chaitra #amavasya #lunar #solar #surya #sungod #sunmoon #solarpowered #listensun #sunspots #manymoons #radiowaves #interference #radioactivity #afroasianculture #gravesend #northfleet #whitstablebiennale #dipeshpandya #swannemesis #ninaradiotapes #icecreammafia #futurecivilisation

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Two weeks left in this initial residency with @whitbien and today marks another of the dates I’m looking at as part of my research 👉🏾💥 Udham Singh (second from the left) being taken from 10 Caxton Hall after the assassination of Michael O'Dwyer 👉🏾💥 On 1 April 1940, Udham Singh was formally charged with the murder of Michael O'Dwyer, and remanded in custody at Brixton Prison. While awaiting his trial, Singh went on a 42-day hunger strike and had to be force fed. On 4 June 1940, his trial commenced at the Central Criminal Court, Old Bailey, before Justice Atkinson, with V.K. Krishna Menon and St. John Hutchison representing him. When asked about his motivation he explained: “I did it because I had a grudge against him. He deserved it. He was the real culprit. He wanted to crush the spirit of my people, so I have crushed him. For a full 21 years, I have been trying to seek vengeance. I am happy that I have done the job. I am not scared of death. I am dying for my country. I have seen my people starving in India under the British rule. I have protested against this, it was my duty. What greater honour could be bestowed on me than death for the sake of my motherland? 👉🏾🐅 Singh was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. Following his conviction, he made a speech which the judge directed should not be released to the press. On 31 July 1940, Singh was hanged at Pentonville Prison. His remains are preserved at the Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar, Punjab. On every 31 July, marches are held in Sunam by various organisations and every statue of Singh in the city is paid tribute with flower garlands. ✊🏾🔥 #keepit100 #onehundredyears #assassin #jallianwalabagh #udhamsingh #rammohammadsinghazad #zindabad #frankbrazil #ghadarparty #amritsarmassacre #apologise #behumble #whitstablebiennale #amritsar #gravesend #northfleet #brixtonprison #dipeshpandya #swannemesis #ninaradiotapes #icecreammafia #surya #sungod #futurecivilisation

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27/3/19
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👉🏾 Today marks the anniversary of the deaths of Bhagat Singh, Sukhdev Thapar and Shivaram Rajguru. 👉🏾 The date is celebrated in India as one of many Martyrs' Days ✊🏾🐅 Bhagat Singh – September/October 1907– 23 March 1931, was an Indian socialist revolutionary considered to be one of the most influential revolutionaries of the Indian independence movement. He is often referred to as Shaheed Bhagat Singh, the word "Shaheed" meaning "martyr" in a number of Indian languages. Singh was convicted and hanged on 23rd March 1931, aged 23. 🙏🏾🐅 In December 1928, Bhagat Singh and an associate, Shivaram Rajguru, fatally shot a 21-year-old British police officer, John Saunders, in Lahore, British India. They mistook Saunders, who was still on probation, for the British police superintendent, James Scott, whom they had intended to assassinate. They believed Scott was responsible for the death of popular Indian nationalist leader Lala Lajpat Rai. 👉🏾🐅 After escaping, Singh and his associates, using pseudonyms, publicly owned to avenging Lajpat Rai's death, putting up posters, which they had altered to show Saunders as their intended target. Singh was on the run for many months. Surfacing again in April 1929, he and another associate, Batukeshwar Dutt, exploded two improvised bombs inside the Central Legislative Assembly in Delhi. They showered leaflets from the gallery on the legislators below, shouted slogans, and then allowed the authorities to arrest them. The arrest, and the resulting publicity, had the effect of bringing to light Singh's complicity in the John Saunders case. Awaiting trial, Singh gained much public sympathy after he joined fellow defendant Jatin Das in a hunger strike, demanding better prison conditions for Indian prisoners, and ending in Das's death from starvation in September 1929. 🔥🐅 #keepit100 #100 #onehundredyears #100years #jallianwalabagh #bhagatsingh #sukhdevthapar #shivaramrajguru #martyrsday #shaheed #ghadar #whitstablebiennale #gravesend #northfleet #lahore #dipeshpandya #swannemesis #ninaradiotapes #icecreammafia #silenceplease #wearealwayslistening #bombayblack #creamland #sunmoon #surya #sungod #listensun #futurecivilisation

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23/3/19
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Bewakoofi Hatao, Rajneeti Badlao, 2019
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This current research trip in India comes to an end today as I fly back to London. It’s been a very insightful, emotional and active five weeks – travelling a total of 9500 km around India. 👉🏾 Throughout the journey questions related to my current research residency with @whitbien have been at the forefront of my mind. Together with the upcoming election, as India prepares to vote from April to May, many other questions relating to my practice have also been thought about. I have gathered a wealth of audio material with sounds from all of the places I visited and interviews about food, memory, trauma, politics, colonialism, justice, war, dissent and activism. ✊🏾 From the initial familiar warmth of the first day I arrived to the full moon on my birthday, the gentle rays falling on the ground at Jallianwala Bagh to the blood red sunset just as I arrived in Sunam, birthplace of Udham Singh – the Sun and the Moon have also been very close to me throughout my journey. Their influence through cycles of warmth and light have punctuated my travels as a constant inspiration and reminder to the passing of time and creation of history. I saw both as active witnesses to all of the good and bad from the past, present and future. 🙏🏾 It’s looking very bleak back in England – I’ll just have to keep coming back to this part of the world to maintain my long distance relationship with The East. In the meantime, I’m preparing the first of two India and @whitbien residency specials for my monthly show ‘Silence Please’ on @radiomargate. Dates & Times: March 22nd and April 19th. 2-4PM GMT If you’re in Margate drop by to say hi or tune in online at radiomargate.co.uk. Expect street sounds, bird song, new music, old music, interviews and spoken word You can also see and continue to follow my residency feed with @whitbien at the link in my bio #keepit100 #100 #onehundredyears #100years #jallianwalabagh #udhamsingh #rammohammadsinghazad #zindabad #frankbrazil #whitstablebiennale #gravesend #northfleet #dipeshpandya #swannemesis #ninaradiotapes #icecreammafia #silenceplease #wearealwayslistening #bombayblack #creamland #sunmoon #surya #sungod #listensun #futurecivilisation

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17/3/19
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Today marks another relevant date for my research residency with @whitbien 👉🏾 On this day, March 13th 1940 at Caxton Hall, London, Udham Singh aka Ram Mohhammed Singh Azad aka Frank Brazil shot dead Michael O' Dwyer, the former lieutenant governor of Punjab under British rule. This was in revenge for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre in Amritsar in 1919. ✊🏾 “…He deserved it. He was the real culprit. He wanted to crush the spirit of my people, so I have crushed him…I am not scared of death. I am dying for my country. I have seen my people starving in India under the British rule. I have protested against this, it was my duty. What greater honour could be bestowed on me than death for the sake of my motherland…” ✊🏾 Udham Singh is a well-known figure of the Indian independence movement. Often referred to as Shaheed-i-Azam Sardar Udham Singh 🎧 Assassin by @asian_dub_foundation 👉🏾 “Synchronise time Vengeance will be mine As I cross the curzon line into his mind I will burn the trophies he owns Symbols of a future postponed. Mohammed singh azad Zindabad! A bullet to his head won't bring back the dead But it'll lift the spirit of my people! A bullet to his head won't bring back the dead But it'll lift the spirit of my people! I'll shake hands with the hangman I'll wear the noose with pride For unlike the british I've no crimes to justify Pentonville will be my last place on earth And death will return me to the land of my birth” 🔥 Songwriters: Aniruddha Das / John Pandit / Saidullah Zaman / Sanjay Tailor / Steven Savale Assassin lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group 👊🏾 #keepit100 #100 #onehundredyears #100years #jallianwalabagh #udhamsingh #rammohammadsinghazad #zindabad #frankbrazil #ghadarparty #amritsarmassacre #apologise #behumble #whitstablebiennale #amritsar #gravesend #northfleet #dipeshpandya #swannemesis #ninaradiotapes #icecreammafia #surya #sungod #futurecivilisation

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👉🏾 From Bad to Bad – Travelling 1400km today by train from Allahabad to Ahmedabad. 👉🏾 A quick visit yesterday and night time dip in the refreshing waters at Sangam during Maha Shivaratri and the last day of this years Ardh Kumbh, was all I needed to experience after a crazy train journey from Delhi. 👌🏾 I laughed to myself thinking of a friend in Delhi who referred to the Kumbh as India’s version of Burning Man👌🏾 I got out of the waters late last night feeling refreshed and calmed after a 3km walk to get there and despite there being loud thumping techno music drifting across from the other side of the ghats. There were also groups of predominantly young men jumping and splashing in the water shouting “Bham Bham Bhole…” (The Sanskrit word "Bham" stands for ‘fear’ Bhole translates to ‘innocence’ Lord Shiva drives away fear 🔥 I decided to take things easy this morning by contemplating the sunrise and listening to the birdsongs while getting ready for a 24 hour plus trip…train is already 3 hours late…Yah Allah…Bham Bham Bhole! 🙏🏾 #sunspots #gravesend #northfleet #allahabad #ardhkumbhmela #bhambhambhole #allahabadtoahmedabad #bad #mahashivaratri #whitstablebiennale #dipeshpandya #swannemesis #ninaradiotapes #icecreammafia #wearealwayslistening #bombayblack #creamland #surya #sungod #solarpowered #sunmoon #futurecivilisation

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5/3/19
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To Allahabad for the last day of the Ardh Kumbh Mela and Maha Shivratri. Another date for my residency @whitbien 👉🏾 These past two days gave me another view of Delhi, one I knew but had forgotten. More amazing food – including breakfast at Carnatic Cafe GK2, for the delicious ‘Bombat’ after craving it for the past four years. A thick dosa with a crispy exterior and fluffy interior, encrusted with a special chilli paste on the inner side + black coffee with a hint of fresh nutmeg spice. 😋 Also caught up with a few friends, saw some art at @deviartfoundation and @startindia + some digging for vinyl & shared my breakfast with a new dog friend at Kanpur Station 🎧💥 👉🏾 There is a Shivaratri in every luni-solar month of the Hindu calendar, on the month's 13th night/14th day, but once a year in late winter (February/March, or phalgun) and before the arrival of Summer, marks Maha Shivaratri which means "the Great Night of Shiva". In Kashmir Shaivism, the festival is called Har-ratri or phonetically simpler Haerath or Herath by Shiva faithfuls of the Kashmir region. 🙏🏾 Maha Shivaratri is celebrated at night. The celebration includes maintaining a "jaagaran", an all-night vigil and prayers, because Shaiva Hindus mark this night as "overcoming darkness and ignorance" in one's life and the world through Shiva. Considered as the day when adiyogi or the first guru awakened his consciousness at the material level of existence. According to Tantra, at this stage of consciousness, no objective experience takes place and the mind is transcended. The meditator transcends time, space and causation. It is regarded as the brightest night of the soul, when the yogi attains the state of Shoonya or Nirvana, the stage succeeding samadhi or illumination. 🔥 It’s also the last of the few auspicious bathing dates during this Kumbh. It may be a dry day in India but I’ll be getting wet as I go for a dip at Sangam. 🙏🏾 #sunspots #gravesend #northfleet #allahabad #ardhkumbhmela #delhitoallahabad #dryday #mahashivaratri #whitstablebiennale #dipeshpandya #swannemesis #ninaradiotapes #icecreammafia #wearealwayslistening #bombayblack #creamland #surya #sungod #solarpowered #sunmoon #futurecivilisation

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4/3/19

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👉🏾 Forward as I journey 500 km further north to Amritsar, home to Sri Harmandir Sahib and Jallianwala Bagh. Created as spaces for peace, spiritual connection and reflection, both these places have witnessed brutal killings and bloodshed in the name of power and control. 🙏🏾 Politics based on the divide and rule ideologies of the colonial British converged to commit the cold blooded murders of hundreds of innocent men, women and children on April 13th 1919 at Jallianwala Bagh. 🙏🏾 Colonial legacy and religion based politics met at Harmandir Sahib Gurdwara from June 1st to 8th 1984 resulting in more killing and bloodshed. Then Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi ordered special army units to enter the Gurdwara for Operation Blue Star. The operation also led to her assassination on 31 October 1984 by two of her Sikh bodyguards triggering the 1984 anti-Sikh riots. 👉🏾 Before the attack by the Army, a media blackout was imposed in Punjab. The Times reporter Michael Hamlyn reported that journalists were picked up from their hotels at 5 a.m. in a military bus, taken to the adjoining border of the state of Haryana and "were abandoned there." The main towns in Punjab were put under curfew, transportation was banned, a news blackout was imposed, and Punjab was "cut off from the outside world." 👉🏾 2019 is election year for India – media blackouts, religious fanaticism, power politics and colonial legacies continue. 👉🏾 Back in Delhi soon to support my brothers and sisters as part of @artistsuniteindia 2-3 March 2019 | 11 AM – 10 PM | 15 August Park, Lal Qila – A CELEBRATION OF ART, PEACE, COMMUNITY AND LOVE – Come by if you’re in town 🙏🏾 Poem stills: Subhadra Kumari Chauhan – Spring in Jallianwala Bagh 🙏🏾 #keepit100 #100 #onehundredyears #100years #jallianwalabagh #udhamsingh #rammohammadsinghazad #zindabad #frankbrazil #ghadarparty #amritsarmassacre #apologise #behumble #whitstablebiennale #gravesend #northfleet #dipeshpandya #swannemesis #ninaradiotapes #icecreammafia #surya #sungod #futurecivilisation

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I’m Going Going, Back Back, To Dilli Dilli 🙌🏾 Today i’m travelling 2387 km from Kochi to Delhi for the next part of my journey. Today also marks one of the many dates I am looking at as part of my research residency with @whitbien 👉🏾 February 19 marks the birthdays of the following three old brown men + tonight there’s a Super Moon 🌕 👉🏾 #1 Ravidas Jayanti Guru Ravidas was a North Indian mystic of the bhakti movement during the 15th to 16th century CE. A poet-saint, social reformer and spiritual figure, he is considered as the founder of 21st century Ravidassia religion, by a group who previously were associated with Sikhism. He advocated for the removal of social divisions of caste and gender, and promoted unity in the pursuit of personal spiritual freedoms. 👉🏾 #2 Shivaji Jayanti Shivaji Bhonsle (Marathi c. 1627/1630 – 3 April 1680) was an Indian warrior king. He carved out an enclave from the declining Adilshahi sultanate of Bijapur that formed the genesis of the Maratha Empire. In 1674, he was formally crowned as the chhatrapati (monarch) of his realm at Raigad. He revived ancient Hindu political traditions and court conventions and promoted the usage of Marathi and Sanskrit, rather than Persian, in court and administration. 👉🏾 Disparate groups have sought to characterise him and his legacy for political purposes under the banner of Hindutva 👉🏾 In the current tense political climate of election year in India, Hindu nationalists and corporate lobbyists empowered by the incumbent Modi, plan to build a statue of Shivaji in the Arabian sea – off the coast of Mumbai. Designed to be the worlds largest statue surpassing the controversial statue of Sardar VallabhbhaI Patel, near Kevadia, Gujarat. 👉🏾 #3 It’s also my birthday today and I’ll be celebrating with friends in Delhi tonight + next few days – It’s Rockin’ Time💥 @prabhdeepmusic is on loop in my headphones ✈️ #rockintime #kochitodilli #dillikathug #goingbacktodilli #backtobegampur #supermoon #delhi #ravidas #shivaji #whitstablebiennale #dipeshpandya #swannemesis #ninaradiotapes #icecreammafia #wearealwayslistening #bombayblack #creamland #solarpowered #surya #sungod #futurecivilisation

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19/2/19
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🌞 I carried the Sun with me over the water 🌞 We spoke of things it had seen and things that will come 🌞 When we reached the village 🌞 It flickered goodbye and started to rise 🌓 The Sun is now the Moon 🌓🌞🔥 The Bikrami calendar of Desi years or Punjabi mahene is named after king Vikramaditya and starts in 57 B.C. The calendar has two elements: lunar and solar. 🌓 The calendar starts with the lunar month of Chetar which starts during March, or the start of Spring, and consists of 365 days. Many states of India have Chetar as the new year. In places such as Sindh and Kerala, the new year starts in Chetar. 🌞 The solar element starts with the solar month of Vaisakh during April. Some states of India begin their calendar with the solar new year. In Punjab and Bengal, the solar element of the calendar starts with Vaisakh and the first day is the Vaisakhi new year in Punjab and the Pohla Boshakh (new year) in Bengal. Nine of the solar months consist of 30 days, one are of 31 (Visakh) and other two (Jeth, Asadha) are of 32 days. This calendar is in traditional use in Punjab (both in India and Pakistan). Later the use was changed to other calendars including the Islamic calendar, the Nanakshahi calendar and the Gregorian Calendar 🌓🌞🔥 #bikramicalendar #blackmoon #sunmoon #sunspots #radiowaves #interference #radioactivity #afroasianculture #gravesend #northfleet #londontokochi #whitstablebiennale #kochimuzirisbiennale #dipeshpandya #swannemesis #ninaradiotapes #icecreammafia #surya #sungod #solarpowered #futurecivilisation

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Letter from Rabindranath Tagore to Lord Chelmsford, Viceroy of India

Your Excellency,
The enormity of the measures taken by the Government in the Punjab for quelling some local disturbances has, with a rude shock, revealed to our minds the helplessness of our position as British subjects in India. The disproportionate severity of the punishments inflicted upon the unfortunate people and the methods of carrying them out, we are convinced, are without parallel in the history of civilised governments, barring some conspicuous exceptions, recent and remote. Considering that such treatment has been meted out to a population, disarmed and resourceless, by a power which has the most terribly efficient organisation for destruction of human lives, we must strongly assert that it can claim no political expediency, far less moral justification. The accounts of the insults and sufferings by our brothers in Punjab have trickled through the gagged silence, reaching every corner of India, and the universal agony of indignation roused in the hearts of our people has been ignored by our rulers—possibly congratulating themselves for what they imagine as salutary lessons. This callousness has been praised by most of the Anglo-Indian papers, which have in some cases gone to the brutal length of making fun of our sufferings, without receiving the least check from the same authority—relentlessly careful in smothering every cry of pain and expression of judgement from the organs representing the sufferers. Knowing that our appeals have been in vain and that the passion of vengeance is blinding the nobler vision of statesmanship in our Government, which could so easily afford to be magnanimous as befitting its physical strength and moral tradition, the very least that I can do for my country is to take all consequences upon myself in giving voice to the protest of the millions of my countrymen, surprised into a dumb anguish of terror. The time has come when badges of honour make our shame glaring in the incongruous context of humiliation, and I for my part wish to stand, shorn of all special distinctions, by the side of those of my countrymen, who, for their so-called insignificance, are liable to suffer degradation not fit for human beings.
These are the reasons which have painfully compelled me to ask Your Excellency, with due reference and regret, to relieve me of my title of Knighthood, which I had the honour to accept from His Majesty the King at the hands of your predecessor, for whose nobleness of heart I still entertain great admiration.


Yours faithfully,
Rabindranath Tagore

Source: Krishna Dutta and Andrew Robinson, eds., Selected Letters of Rabindranath Tagore (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997). Letter published in Modern Review (Calcutta monthly), July 1919.
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🌑 🌞🔥👉🏾 Vasant Panchami is celebrated every year on the fifth day of the bright half of the Hindu luni-solar calendar month of Magha, which typically falls in late January or February. It is treated as the start of spring, though it is generally winter-like in northern India, and more spring-like in central and western parts of India. The festival is particularly observed in the north, central and western parts of India and Nepal. It has been a historical tradition of Sikhs as well. For the island of Bali and the Hindus of Indonesia, it is known as "Hari Raya Saraswati" (great day of Saraswati). It also marks the beginning of the 210-day long Balinese Pawukon calendar. Saraswati is the ancient goddess of knowledge, language, music and all arts. She symbolizes creative energy and power in all its form, including longing and love (kama). The season and festival also reflects the agricultural fields which are ripening with yellow flowers of mustard crop. People dress in yellow saris or shirts or accessories, share yellow coloured snacks and sweets. Many families mark this day by sitting with babies and young children, encouraging their children to write their first words with their fingers, some create music together. Poetic and musical gatherings are held in some communities in reverence for Saraswati. In Nepal, Bihar and eastern states of India such as West Bengal, Odisha and Assam, people visit her temples and worship her. The same day in southern states such as Andhra Pradesh, is called Sri Panchami where "Sri" refers to her as another aspect of the one goddess Devi. In Bangladesh, all major educational institutes and universities observe it with holiday and a special puja. #vasantpanchmi #saraswati #devi #yellow #darkisdivine #nareshnilphotography #whitstablebiennale #gravesend #dipeshpandya #swannemesis #ninaradiotapes #icecreammafia #surya #sungod #futurecivilisation

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10/2/19
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👊🏾 Excerpts from Declaration by Artists Unite! 🙏🏾 In India’s recent history the politics of hate, division and exclusion has never been so dominant as we find it today, with a poisonous ideology which informs it deeply entrenched into the state and in governance. Never before has hate been directed with such calculated intent against Muslims, Christians, Adivasis, Dalits, women, trans people, people in conflict areas and even children. The right to life, the right to love, food choices, cultural expression, language and histories are all under assault by this politics, which is at war with the people of India and their diverse cultures. Cultural and social life in India is being torn asunder by a toxic cocktail of propaganda, violence, censorship and distorted histories. 🙏🏾 As artists and cultural practitioners we are and will continue to resist the politics of hate. We are and will continue to safeguard a culture that speaks of humanity and democracy; a culture that finds its echo in the fundamental rights enshrined in the Indian constitution. 🙏🏾 An agrarian crisis is taking its toll on millions of farmers. Adivasis are being driven out of their forests. Workers lives have become ever more precarious. We are spiralling towards an ecological disaster on the back of an idea of development that has become synonymous with greed and profiteering. 🙏🏾 Through our images, speech, words, music and bodies we will resist the cultural destruction of India. Read the full declaration here: https://artistsunite.home.blog/2018/12/07/home/ To endorse the above declaration please email: notinmynamedelhi@gmail.com Endorse as an individual or on behalf of an organization. Please state your name, arts discipline and place of residence. If endorsing as an organization please mention the name of the network or platform. Political Advisory graphic by @swannemesis Photo of B.R. Ambedkar with wife Savita, 1948 Ambedkar was a principal architect of the Constitution of India, and a founding father of the Republic of India. #freedomofspeech #freedomofexpression #censorbored #blacklist #artistsunite #brambedkar #26january #republicday #indianconstitution #2020 #futurecivilisation

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26/1/19 – Indian Republic Day
15/1/19 – Pongal / Ardh Kumbh Mela begins

14/1/19 – Makar Sankranti
11/1/19 – Initial visit to Gravesend
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✊🏾 🇮🇳 The second event commemorated on this date that I have been looking at is the birth of Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar. He was an Indian jurist, economist, politician and social reformer who inspired the Dalit Buddhist movement. Campaigning against social discrimination towards Dalits (untouchables) while also supporting the rights of women and labour. He was independent India’s first law and justice minister, the principal architect of the Constitution of India, and one of the founders of the Republic of India. 👉🏾 In these excerpts from a BBC interview in 1953, he discusses the idea of social structures and democracy in India. 👉🏾 In the tense social, economic and political climate of the past few years, freedom of speech, equality and secularism; ideas rooted in the constitution of India, have given way to lynchings, communalism and the spread of a fascist ideology. The RSS and its political wing the incumbent BJP government continue to preach the politics of hate. ❌ Many of the people I spoke to during my trip to India are asking for a radical change in the system. Speaking out and organising into groups to protest against these injustices, things other people elsewhere take for granted. ✊🏾 #indianelection2019 #indiavotes #bewakoofihatao #rajneetibadlao #riseup #vote #action #lovenothate #brambedkar #sunspots #radiowaves #interference #lalsalaam #unite #inquilaab #gravesend #northfleet #whitstablebiennale #dipeshpandya #swannemesis #ninaradiotapes #icecreammafia #surya #sungod #sunmoon #solarpowered #listensun #futurecivilisation

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The second of two events relevant to my residency with @whitbien marked by today’s date is Rama Navami. A festival celebrating the birth of lord Rama. Falling on the ninth day of the bright half (Shukla Paksha) in the Hindu calendar month of Chaitra. Surya, the Hindu sun god, is a part of the worship and ceremonies in some communities. 🌝 On 6 December 1992, a large crowd of Hindu Kar Sevaks demolished the 16th-century Babri Mosque in the city of Ayodhya at the site identified by some Hindus as Ram Janmabhoomi, or the birthplace of Rama. 👉🏾 In the 1980s, the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) began a campaign for the construction of a temple dedicated to Rama at the site, with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as its political voice. Several rallies and marches were held as a part of this movement, including the Ram Rath Yatra led by L. K. Advani 🔥 On 6 December 1992 the VHP and the BJP organised a rally at the site involving 150,000 volunteers, known as kar sevaks. The rally turned violent, and the crowd overwhelmed security forces and tore down the mosque. The demolition resulted in several months of inter-communal rioting between India's Hindu and Muslim communities, causing the death of at least 2,000 people. 🔥 The same policies based on hate for anything other than Hindu culture have flourished under the RSS and its political wing, the incumbent BJP government. lead by Narendra Modi. As India goes into full election mode for its 2019 general election, a new generation is organising itself to speak out and protest against the innumerable injustices. In the current tense political climate, many have been imprisoned or killed for simply speaking out and asking for a radical change in the system. 👆🏾🖕🏾 Photos of the destruction of the Babri Masjid from The Deccan Chronicle and The Indian Express #indianelection2019 #indiavotes #bewakoofihatao #rajneetibadlao #riseup #vote #lovenothate #bjpisrss #sunspots #radiowaves #interference #lalsalaam #unite #inquilaab #gravesend #northfleet #ayodhya #babrimasjid #allahabad #whitstablebiennale #dipeshpandya #swannemesis #ninaradiotapes #icecreammafia #surya #sungod #sunmoon #solarpowered #listensun #futurecivilisation

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🇮🇳 Today marks the start of the general election in India. Scheduled to be held in seven phases from 11 April to 19 May 2019 to constitute the 17th Lok Sabha. Final results will be declared on 23 May when votes will be counted. 🖕🏾👆🏾 Electoral Stain by Swan Nemesis 🖕🏾👆🏾 word ❌ flip the bird ❌ allah a bad ❌ allah a bad ❌ allah a bad ❌ eat pray aag ❌ murder paneer and saag ❌ modi ❌ gandhi ❌ barbadi ❌ sardar ❌ sarpanch ❌ sar pe andha kanoon ❌ mo modi ❌ mo problems ❌ modishoom dishoom ❌ hothon pe junoon ❌ haathon pe khoon ❌ enough is enough ❌ this stain and the disdain ❌ the pain of the bane ❌ speak up ❌ cry not in vain ❌ vote ❌ remove the saffron stain ❌ ❌ chaiwallah gangster ❌ corporate wankster ❌ bun maska chaska ❌ kesari nasha aur jhatka ❌ rss ka chamcha ❌ machines of money and power ❌ running hour after hour ❌ used to devour ❌ states on dinner plates ❌ licking lips and fingertips ❌ union territories ❌ briberies ❌ corporate cheques ❌ snapping necks ❌ shattered dreams ❌ breaking backs ❌ breaking news ❌ one sided views ❌ government goons ❌ with government spoons ❌ ❌ middle finger stinger missiles ❌ dead ringers and smiles ❌ we shall heed ❌ the shaheed ❌ bhagat singh ❌ jallianwala bagh ❌ ram mohammed singh azad ❌ inquilab zindabad ❌ ❌ peacocks and tigers inspire us ❌ hate divides us ❌ no more ❌ nah mo ❌ shiv a eye for a eye ❌ shiv a stab and shiv a bleed ❌ love is what we need ❌ ❌ #flipthebird #indianelection2019 #indiavotes #bewakoofihatao #rajneetibadlao #riseup #vote #lovenothate #bjpisrss #sunspots #radiowaves #interference #lalsalaam #lovenothate #unite #inquilaab #gravesend #northfleet #allahabad #whitstablebiennale #dipeshpandya #swannemesis #ninaradiotapes #icecreammafia #surya #sungod #sunmoon #solarpowered #listensun #futurecivilisation

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India Today 🔥 The Anarchical and Revolutionary Crimes Act of 1919 , popularly known as the Rowlatt Act or Black Act. A legislative act passed by the Imperial Legislative Council in Delhi on March 10 1919 and imposed on March 18 1919. 👉🏾 This act effectively authorised the government to imprison any person suspected of terrorism living in British India for up to two years without a trial, and gave the imperial authorities power to deal with all revolutionary activities. 👉🏾 The unpopular legislation provided for stricter control of the press, arrests without warrant, indefinite detention without trial, and in camera trials for proscribed political acts without the presence of a jury. The accused were denied the right to know the accusers and the evidence used in the trial. 👉🏾 Gandhi and others thought that constitutional opposition to the measure was fruitless, so on 6 April, a hartal was organised where Indians would suspend all business and would fast, pray and hold public meetings against the 'Black Act' as a sign of their opposition and civil disobedience would be offered against the law. This event was known as the Non-cooperation movement. 👉🏾 In the Punjab the protest movement was very strong, and on 10 April two leaders of the congress, Dr. Satya Pal and Dr. Saifuddin Kitchlew, were arrested and taken secretly to Dharamsala. 👉🏾 The army was called into Punjab, people from neighbouring villages gathered peacefully in Amritsar for Baisakhi Day celebrations to protest against deportation of the two important Indian leaders, the British army attempted to stop the protests with violent force, leading to the Jallianwala Bagh massacre of April 13 1919. 🔥 #keepit100 #100years #jallianwalabagh #udhamsingh #rammohammadsinghazad #zindabad #frankbrazil #whitstablebiennale #gravesend #northfleet #amritsar #rowlattact #blackact #satyapal #saifuddinkitchlew #indiatoday #dipeshpandya #swannemesis #ninaradiotapes #icecreammafia #silenceplease #wearealwayslistening #bombayblack #creamland #sunmoon #surya #sungod #listensun #futurecivilisation

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18/3/19
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Happy Holi to all – Play Safe❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤Videos: Street scenes from my research trip to Amritsar, February 2019 – ‘’Bass Crore’ & ‘Getting Tikki with it’ 👉🏾 March 20th and 21st mark two more dates within the scope of my ongoing residency with @whitbien 🙌🏾 Holika was a demoness in Hindu Vedic scriptures, who was burnt to death with the help of Vishnu. The story of Holika Dahan (Holika's death) signifies the triumph of good over evil. Holika is associated with the annual bonfire night before Holi. 🔥 Hola Mohalla is a one-day Sikh festival which most often falls in March and takes place on the second day of the lunar month of Chett, a day after the Hindu spring festival Holi. 🔥 “Hola is derived from the word halla (a military charge) and the term mohalla stands for an organized procession or an army column. The words 'Hola Mohalla' would thus mean 'the charge of an army. The fair held during Holi and Hola at Anandpur Sahib is traditionally a three-day event with participants camping out and enjoying various displays of fighting prowess and bravery, and listening to kirtan, music, and poetry. ⚔️ In Assam, Bengal and Odisha, Dol Purnima or Dol Yatra; is a major festival dedicated to Sri Krishna. On this auspicious day, an image of Krishna, richly adorned and besmeared with coloured powder is taken out in procession, in a swinging palanquin, decorated with flowers, leaves, colored clothes and papers. 🙌🏾 The date of Hazrat Ali Jayanti is based on the Islamic lunar calendar, and as such, it falls on a different date each year on the Gregorian Calendar. Hazrat Ali Jayanti is celebrated in India and in other parts of the world with large Muslim populations. 🙌🏾 #keepit100 #100 #onehundredyears #100years #jallianwalabagh #udhamsingh #rammohammadsinghazad #zindabad #frankbrazil #whitstablebiennale #gravesend #northfleet #amritsar #streetsounds #alootikki #gettingtikkiwithit #dipeshpandya #swannemesis #ninaradiotapes #icecreammafia #silenceplease #wearealwayslistening #bombayblack #creamland #sunmoon #surya #sungod #listensun #futurecivilisation

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20/3/19 – 21/3/19
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🌑 excerpt from ‘The Moon & You’ by @behavebandana 🌕 ‘…The Moon is seen to be closely related to manas and is considered the deity of the mind. The Rig Veda says “chandrama manaso jaathah”, out of the Mind of the Purusha (Godhead) the Moon was born. So, the waning and waxing of the Moon is the growth and decline, birth and death of the mind.  Interestingly, it is the opposite of what Rene Descartes, French philosopher, pronounced as an absolute and irrefutable notion in Western philosophy: “I think therefore I am”, meaning, man is defined by his mind. But the ultimate aim of Vedic spiritual practice is to control and finally destroy the mind. It has to be killed, because it is the mind that creates maya (the veil of illusion); and it is only in its death that a profound reality, beyond the phenomenal, becomes accessible to us. The Vedic Moon is lyrical, philosophical, uplifting and transformational. The relationship between the Earth and Moon is the opening of the first cosmic window that queries the nature of reality—from microscopic to macroscopic, from profound Vedic notions of Shounya (nothingness) to Ananta (ever expanding infinity).’ 🌗 #sunspots #radiowaves #interference #radioactivity #whitstablebiennale #dipeshpandya #swannemesis #ninaradiotapes #icecreammafia #sunmoon #vedic #rigveda #shounya #ananta #surya #sungod #solarpowered #futurecivilisation

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👉🏾 Train back to Delhi. Yesterday I did a 800km round trip in the back of an SUV on some very bumpy roads through rural Punjab. I visited the serene setting of Anandpur Sahib. This was followed by a visit to the village of someone I recently met from Gravesend, where I was warmly welcomed. We talked about family, voyages, architecture, books, culture and war. 👉🏾 From there I travelled on to Sunam, the birthplace of Udham Singh where I came across a monument dedicated to him. A huge clenched fist on top of a tall red stone plinth like tower with the words ‘Shaheed Udham Singh’ written out in stainless steel Punjabi script. 👉🏾 Today marks the half way point of this trip to India and the research residency with @whitbien One of the dates I am looking at within the scope of this residency is the birth date of Maharishi Dayananda Saraswati. He spent nearly twenty-five years, from 1845 to 1869, as a wandering ascetic, searching for religious truth. During these years he practiced various forms of yoga and became a disciple of a religious teacher named Virajanand Dandeesha. Virajanand believed that Hinduism had strayed from its historical roots and that many of its practices had become impure. Dayananda Sarasvati promised Virajanand that he would devote his life to restoring the rightful place of the Vedas in the Hindu faith. 👉🏾 The current political climate in India is shaped by religious fervour and rhetoric designed to promote a Hindu nationalist agenda. One of the many examples of this is the changing of the name of Allahabad to Prayag, negating the connection to Muslim and Mughal influences that are found throughout India. 👉🏾 After this weekends protests organised by @artistsunite – I arrive in Allahabad on Monday for another of the dates I’m looking at – marking Maha Shivratri and the last day of this Ardh Kumbh Mela. ✊🏾 #sunspots #radiowaves #interference #radioactivity #afroasianculture #gravesend #northfleet #allahabad #ardhkumbhmela #amritsartodelhi #whitstablebiennale #dipeshpandya #swannemesis #ninaradiotapes #icecreammafia #surya #sungod #solarpowered #futurecivilisation

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1/3/19
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The past three days in Amritsar have been peaceful and contemplative. Staying within a few minutes walk of both Jallianwala Bagh and Harmandir Sahib, I visited both for a few hours daily. The immediate surrounding areas have changed beyond recognition since my last visit in 2008 – a mall like vibe with McDonalds, Subway, Cafe Coffee Day etc. I prefer to hang out in the small gully’s with their stone buildings and crumbling old Havelis. I found these parts of Amritsar architecturally similar to Jamnagar, Gujarat where I’ll be this time next week. These small lanes are also where the food is the best – fresh and delicious kulcha, chole bhature, sarson ka saag and maki di roti, pakora and parantha, all washed down with a hot special chai or cold lassi. 👌🏾 It’s took me two days of visiting Jallianwala Bagh before I felt comfortable asking people about the massacre of 13th April 1919. Although difficult, it was easier to discuss this in Kochi, Delhi, Gravesend and Northfleet. Being at the scene of any brutal event can have a strong emotional hold over us. In Jallianwala Bagh despite the lush gardens, singing birds, kids with those squeaky shoes, selfie sticks and the distinctive sounds of traffic outside – the screams of horror, the colour of dried blood and the smell of gun metal still linger. Pain and trauma traverse generations from blood to blood. 🔥 “What can you do about History…” as one woman who was “deeply stirred” by her visit said to me. 🙏🏾 Another early start today to visit the pindh, a friends family are visiting from Gravesend 👌🏾 #keepit100 #100 #onehundredyears #100years #jallianwalabagh #udhamsingh #rammohammadsinghazad #zindabad #frankbrazil #ghadarparty #amritsarmassacre #apologise #behumble #harmandirsahib #whitstablebiennale #amritsar #gravesend #northfleet #dipeshpandya #swannemesis #ninaradiotapes #icecreammafia #surya #sungod #futurecivilisation

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28/2/19
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✊🏾 #Repost @brownhistory with @get_repost ・・・ Someone commented in an earlier post (I'm paraphrasing here), "I hate it that he posts Black history stuff when its a Brown history page." Now usually I ignore most of these kinds of comments but that one annoyed the shit out of me. ⁣ ⁣ In the 50s, when many African-American straightened their hair to imitate the hairstyles of white people, singer Sam Cooke started to wear his hair natural as a point of racial pride. And now currently in a country obsessed with fair skin, Nandita Das stands as the front for the "Dark is Beautiful" campaign. And even though the Black Panther Party was based in the US, it inspired the formation of the Dalit Panthers in India to fight caste discrimination. ⁣ ⁣ The place, the time and skin colour can all be different but the struggles, the fights and the revolutions are identical and these truths surpass those boundaries set by geography, oppression, and even by it's most toughest opponent – ignorance.⁣ ⁣ Our stories are barely ever told. I hope that this page shows you that we too are also responsible for how history has shaped. Our stories are real. Our contributions are equally important. We were there in all the World Wars, right in the muddy trenches of the battlefield. We lifted Britain when she had fallen and even though she has forgotten it, we still continue to do so. In the late 80s, volunteers from Bangladesh went out to fight for the Palestinian cause. Sofia Duleep Singh organized marches and refused to pay taxes until all women in Britain were allowed to vote. Anwar Ditta didn't just go home after six years of fighting for her children against Britain's racist immigration laws, she instead took her family and joined in on the fight against South Africa Apartheid. Dr. Martin Luther King's nonviolent resistance was influenced through Gandhi's example and when slavery was abolished, where do you think they got their replacements from?⁣ ⁣ Just as we are part of the stories of others', people around the world in different times of history are a part of ours. It is not a "us and them" thing. It is a history shared. It is countless ripples coming together and forming into a sweepi

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Sun Spot 🔥 today I rise in the East as one with the Sun 🔥 Namaskar Surya Dev 🔥 your flames spit spots amid swirls of hot rocks 🔥 interstellar umbrella, turn up the levels and the gain 🔥 Ayurvedic medics heal the pain 🔥 solar powered, super charged 🔥 shirt pockets bulge with full hearts 🔥 familiar spaces with a billion faces 🔥 dark skin on warm bodies 🔥 singing with Sufis 🔥 naghmas, qawwalis and cardamom coffees 🔥 sulaimani lemony leaf teas 🔥 walking and smiling in gods own countries 🔥 wash me in your warmth 🌞 🙏🏾 image credit: NASA/ARC: Hathaway Legend has it that many centuries ago, a member of the Marangattu Kapikkad Mana (famous Namboodiri family) worshipped the Sun God and received a blessing to eventually place an idol of the Lord at a temple. The Surya Temple at Adityapuram in Kerala is dedicated to Aditya, the Sun God. It is said that the idol itself is made of a special type of stone that absorbs oil. Located in Iravimangalam near Kaduthuruthy in Kottayam district, the last Sundays of the months of November-December and April-May see grand celebrations here. These are considered auspicious as per the Zodiac and devotees pour in from across the country to join in the festivities. 🌞 🙏🏾 #sunspots #radiowaves #interference #radioactivity #afroasianculture #gravesend #northfleet #londontokochi #whitstablebiennale #kochimuzirisbiennale #dipeshpandya #swannemesis #ninaradiotapes #icecreammafia #surya #sungod #solarpowered #futurecivilisation

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13/1/19 – Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti / Lohri