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 the multidimensional characteristics of 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.

12/2/19
12/2/19

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.
11/2/19
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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
Tower of Power
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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
13/2/19
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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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14/1/19 – Makar Sankranti
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#lohri #lohri2019 #sungod #futurecivilisation

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