#TDSS (The Dreamy Sleepy States, February 19, 2017):

Do you have difficulty sleeping? Can one dream while sleep walking? What/when/how do we express to ourselves via our dreams? Can painting be dream-like? Do we understand the mechanisms underlying imagination, dreams, and fantasy? Are (conscious) signals below a threshold deactivated when one is asleep, so that the (un/sub-conscious) ‘noise’ becomes signal? Are dreams always replays of thought processes? How graded is sleep? Do cats or platypus or hunting dogs dream? Do we dream every time we sleep? Are memories ever lost? Do dreams have a duration, & can we narrate them sequentially? Are dreams solely pictorial and necessarily haphazard, with no sound or word presentation? Why don’t we snap from the wakeful state into sleep? Are all the different states of consciousness fluid? Does non-REM sleep always precede REM sleep, & can we sleep directly into a dream? Would we dream if didn’t have any desires or memories? Can the dreamy state be induced? Can dreams be fiddled with? Do we always dream in (timeless) fragments? Is dreaming itself an emotional (affective) process? Is it possible to feel super alive? Is it possible to die mid-way while dreaming (when asleep)? SynTalk thinks about these & more questions using concepts and experiences from psychoanalysis (Sarala Kapoor, Kolkata), neurobiology (Prof. Birendra Nath Mallick, JNU, New Delhi), & art (Tara Sabharwal, New York).

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SynTalk is pleased and privileged to have hosted the following SynTalkrs (in alphabetical order) on its #TDSS show.

Sarala Kapoor (psychoanalysis) is a Clinical Psychoanalyst based in Kolkata, and the current (2016-17) Secretary of the Indian Psychoanalytical Society (IPS). She was earlier associated with Bangur Institute Of Neurosciences & Psychiatry (Annex. IPGMER), Kolkata. She was also a member of the Central Medical Board, Kolkata. Ms. Kapoor completed her M.A from Kolkata and also underwent training to be qualified as a member of International Psychoanalytical Association (IPA), London, and a member of the IPS. She is a member of advisory committee of Girindrasekhar Memorial Clinic, Kolkata. Ms. Kapoor won the ‘Suhasini Devi Basu Memorial award,’  from IPS, Kolkata, for the research paper on ’The Ecology of Mental–Material World’. She has worked with UNESCO for their research projects on destitute women and children, and also with orphan homes for nearly six years. Ms. Kapoor represented India for six years at IPSO in Prague. Some of the research themes she has published on include, ‘Freedom from known (A transference-countertranceference relationship)’, ‘The privacy of transference’, ‘The necrophilic society’, ‘The role of aggression in classical Psychoanalysis’, ‘The source of Human identity: Culture, religion and psychoanalysis’, & ‘Power of Unconscious’. She has also organized many workshops on human sexuality, parent-child relationships, aggression, fear, anger, dreams, ethics of psychotherapy, & drug abuse. Ms. Kapoor has also participated in over 25 mental health camps in and around Kolkata and West Bengal.

Prof. Birendra Nath Mallick (neurobiology) is currently the Professor of Neurobiology at the School of Life Sciences (SLS), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. He completed B.Sc. (Honors) & M.Sc. in Physiology from Calcutta University, and also a diploma in Homoeopathic Medicine from Calcutta. After completing his Ph.D. from AIIMS (1986) he joined JNU as an Assistant Professor. He has held several positions as member & Chair of several national and University level committees including as Dean of the SLS at JNU (2013-14). Besides teaching several courses to the M.Sc. & M.Phil. students, Prof. Mallick has established the Neurobiology Research Lab with key focus on REM sleep research, an area in which he initiated research in India. His research focuses on understanding ‘Neural Regulation and Functions of REM Sleep’. He has published nearly 125 research papers and book chapters, and has written/edited four books (from Marcel Dekker (USA), & Cambridge University Press (UK)). He has been invited to peer review research papers from >50 International journals and has delivered over 200 invited lectures within India and abroad. Also, Prof. Mallick has received awards such as the Shakuntala Amir Chand Award (ICMR, 1992), National Bioscience Award (DBT, 1999), the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize in medical sciences (2001), and the J C Bose Fellowship (DST, 2010). He is also an elected Fellow of the Indian National Science Academy (INSA), Indian Academy of Sciences (IAS), and National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI).

Tara Sabharwal (art) is a painter & an artist and lives in New York, and shows internationally. She studied painting at MS University, Baroda (1975-80) and completed her Masters from the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London (1982-84) on a British Council Scholarship. As a student in London, the Victoria and Albert Museum bought her work and she showed at Bernard Jacobson and Christopher Hull galleries. She then held solo shows at Art Heritage and Cymroza galleries and after three years left for the UK on the Myles Meehan Fellowship. This was followed by the Durham Cathedral Fellowship and shows at the Laing Art gallery, DLI Museum, and the Darlington Art Center along with teaching in Newcastle and Sunderland Art colleges. She has received the Henry Street Fellowship, International Cultural Collaborations grant, Cooper Union residency, HISHIO International exchange residency in Japan, Conversazioni Contemporari residency in Sponganno, Italy, Women’s Studio Workshop residency in Rosendale, NY, CALL (Creating a Living Legacy) Joan Mitchell grant, and the Gottlieb Individual Support grant. She has taught at the Guggenhiem Museum, Cooper Union, Studio in a School, City University (CUNY), and the Rubin Museum of Art in NYC. She has served on the board of the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop (NYC). Her work is in the collection of the British Museum & Victoria and Albert Museum (London), DLI Museum (Durham), New York Public Library (NY) and the Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.).

Note: Any & all errors in the brief profiles above are SynTalk’s own.

#TDSS mentions: Sigmund Freud, Eugene Aserinsky, Jerry M. Siegel, István Bókkon, & ‘Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde’, among others.