#TLOPE (The List Of Permitted Emotions, July 13, 2019):
Do you talk to the Divine? Are feelings facts? Do you accept things as they are? What are you feeling at the moment? Are you agitated? Is sound the earliest primordial? However, do (say) colours, gestures, & silence also speak? Do emotions, fundamentally, emerge in cinema with the arrival of sound? How do we learn to say that we are not feeling well? Can emotions be thought of as objects? Which is the most ‘emotional’ part of the brain? Do words (& emotions) fall from heaven? How social or cultural are they? Is empathy (also) mediated by signs/words? Is the world consisting of words? Isn’t hook swinging barbaric? Are all saints, ?, schizophrenic? ‘How’ do you experience the death of a close person? When do you experience the deepest word-less emotions? Could you be unproductive? How do we become (or ‘avoid’ becoming) divine? Are we condemned to be self conscious? Do you experience fake emotions, & why? What is the ‘problem’ with acting? Can superheroes be melodramatic? Would there be more emotion-words in the future? &, will emotions continue to push us into the unknown world? SynTalk thinks about these & more questions using concepts from anthropology & film-making (Dr. Ashish Avikunthak, The University of Rhode Island, Kingston), psychiatry (Dr. Amit Ranjan Basu, Shaheed Hospital, Dalli-Rajhara (Balod)), & philosophy (Prabodh Parikh, ex-Mithibai College, Mumbai).
SynTalk is pleased and privileged to have hosted the following SynTalkrs (in alphabetical order) on its #TLOPE show.
Dr. Ashish Avikunthak (anthropology, film-making) (nom de plume of Ashish Chadha) is a film maker, and an Associate Professor of Film/Media at Harrington School of Communication, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, USA. He also previously taught as the Lecturer in Anthropology, Films Studies and South Asian Studies, at Yale University, USA. Dr. Avikunthak received his B.A. in Social Work from Bombay University (1994), and then went to Deccan College Post-Graduate & Research Institute (Pune, 1997) to receive his M.A. in Ancient Indian History Culture and Archaeology. He received M.A. (2002) & Ph.D. (2007) in Cultural & Social Anthropology from Stanford University, USA. His films have been shown worldwide in film festivals, galleries and museums. Some of his films have been screened at the Tate Modern (London), Centre George Pompidou (Paris), Taipei Biennial 2012, Shanghai Biennial 2014, Pacific Film Archive (Berkeley), along with London, Locarno, Rotterdam, and Berlin film festivals, among other locations. He has had retrospective of his works presented at Wolf Kino, Berlin (2019), Kino Klub, Split, Croatia (2019), Pungent Film Series, Athens, Greece (2018), Centre for Moving Image Arts, Bard College (2015), Apeejay Arts Gallery, New Delhi (2015), Rice University (2014), Signs Festival, Trivandrum (2013), Festival International Signes de Nuit, Paris (2012), Yale University (2008), and National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai (2008) and Les Inattendus, Lyon (2006). Dr. Avikunthak received the Future Greats Award by Art Review (2014) and was also short listed for the Skoda Prize for Indian Contemporary Art (2011).
Dr. Amit Ranjan Basu (psychiatry) is Doctor in-Charge (mental health), Shaheed Hospital, Dalli Rajhara, in Balod district of Chhattisgarh, India. He has also served as a Consultant with Aidias Consulting Group (2007-2011, Kolkata), and as the Visiting Faculty at Soft Skills Lab, ICFAI Business School (2006-2004, Kolkata). Dr. Basu received his M.B.B.S. from Calcutta National Medical College, University of Calcutta (1979). He has also worked with SIDA (Swedish International Development Agency) on multiple projects, such as, building capacity development of NGOs to develop outreach programme among injecting drug users in Manipur and Nagaland, and evaluating support to NGOs for project implementation in prevention of HIV/AIDS. Dr. Basu has authored / edited five books / monographs, some of which are titled: ‘Agranthita Girindrasekhar: Nirbacita Bangla Racana’ (selected writings of Girindrasekhar Bose not published in books, Anushtup, 2017), ‘Bhnuifnorer Manobidyacharcha’ (Psychology by an Intruder, Charchapada, 2009), & ‘Understanding Burnout’ (ICFAI University Press, 2008). He is currently working on another book, titled, ‘Of Knowledge: Politics of Culture and Psychiatry in Modern India’. Dr. Basu was elected as Fellow, History of Science, Indian National Science Academy (INSA, New Delhi, 1999-2002) and Fellow, Indian Institute of Advanced Study (IIAS, Shimla, 2011-2013). He has also been awarded the Leelabati Bholanath Award, 33rd Conference of East Zone of Indian Psychiatric Society (Darjeeling, 2007). Dr. Basu is a Fellow of Indian Association of Social Psychiatry, and the Life Ordinary Member of Indian Psychiatric Society.
Prabodh Parikh (philosophy) is a Gujarati poet, short fiction writer, film curator and a visual artist. He retired as the Head of the Department of Philosophy at Mithibai College (Mumbai) in 2005, and is currently Faculty-in-Charge of International Art Literature & Culture at Whistling Woods International Film School, Mumbai. He completed his graduation in Philosophy from Mumbai University and post graduation from Oklahoma State University at Still Water, USA (1970). His research interests include Buddhist philosophy, existentialism, contemporary Gujarati literature, comparative Indian literature, contemporary Indian arts, aesthetics, and aspects of Indian and Western philosophy. His book of poems, ‘Kaunsman’ (Between Parentheses/In Brackets, 1993) is a significant collection in Gujarati literature and won him several awards including the Best Poetry Collection (Gujarat Sahitya Akademi, 1993-94) and the G.F. Saraf Award for Best Gujarati Book (1992-95). Some of his other works include: ‘Mitro’ (a collection of poems), ‘Karan Vinana Loko’ (a volume of short fiction), ‘Priya Bhayani Saheb’ (selection of letters he wrote to Gujarati scholar, Harivallabh Bhayani), & ‘Kauns Bahar’ (essays on philosophy and Gujarati literature). Prabodh was a Charles Wallace Fellow at the University of Liverpool (for research on Wittgenstein and Buddhism), also, in 1999, a Fellow at the University of Sorbonne, Paris. He delivered the James and Shobha Mendonca – VII Endowment Lecture on Poetry (Kavita Trust, Mangalore, 2008). Prabodh was also part of ‘Under the Stars’, the second edition of InContext Art Residency by The Attic (Slănic Moldova, Romania, 2018). [Note: Also a SynTalkr on #THOF (The Having Of Fun)]
Note: Any & all errors in the brief profiles above are SynTalk’s own.
#TLOPE mentions: Plato, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Ramakrishna Paramahansa, Martin Heidegger, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Mahatma Gandhi, Rabindranath Tagore, Jacques Lacan, Robert Bresson, Jiddu Krishnamurti, Louis Althusser, Michel Foucault, Jean Briggs, Mani Kaul, Tom Gunning, Susan Griffin, Sudhir Kakar, Kumar Shahani, & Alan Roland, among others.