Mantles of Myth – Narratives in Indian Textiles
Diggi Palace Hotel, Sawai Ram Singh Road, Jaipur
(13th – 15th December, 2008)
(Recognized and supported by ICCR, UNESCO and Govt. of Rajasthan)
Partner for promotion – Verve – India’s premium lifestyle & fashion magazine
Association with – Dharam Sajjan Trust

Siyahi comes forward with yet another endeavor to understand, explore and discover Indian literature. We are focusing on the origins of myths and stories that laid the founding stones of its history. These myths and stories have been transformed into oral traditions, bards, songs, rituals, creative works, performing arts and textiles.

Indian textile style has evolved with the development of civilization and its significance is hallowed by traditions. According to the Rig Veda and the Upanishads, the universe is a continuous fabric with a grid pattern upon which cycles of life are painted. In the Atharva Veda, day and night are said to spread light and darkness over the earth as weavers throw a shuttle on the loom.

Textiles with narratives are seen across the country and their range varies from painted and printed textiles to woven and embroidered pieces. These textiles tell us multiple stories and represent myths sacred to indigenous communities across the country. Many have religious and ritual value in the cultures they come from whereas others are folk and tribal textiles that carry narratives of their origins and legends of their ancestors and gods.

These textiles remind us of the riches of material culture in traditional communities and the wealth of accumulated knowledge which is generally ignored. They augment the existing rich verbal and oral literary traditions that record and map cultures. Understanding and translating these is a key element of the Translating Bharat Project. An understanding of the real India is possible only by fathoming its multiple histories in myriad tongues and forms.

Mantles of Myth will be a three day conference wherein textile experts, writers, poets, musicians, performers, narrators, will bring together the diverse riches and variegated forms of story telling. This conference will provide a forum for discussions, debate and interaction to focus on how essential and integral it is for us to protect and preserve our folk lore, literary traditions and the colours and threads of our culture. There will be sessions with key personalities who are authorities in this field. We look forward to your involvement and support.


13th December, 2008
VENUE: Diggi Palace Hotel, Sawai Ram Singh Road, Jaipur

10.15 am – 11.15 am
Mythology of the Cloth
Devdutt Pattanaik, Pramod Kumar

11.20 am – 12.20 pm
Flower Fields to Fertile Landscapes: The Phulkari of Punjab
Jasleen Dhamija, Alka Pande

12.25 pm – 01.25 pm
Narratives in North-Eastern Textiles
Mamang Dai, Prodyut Deb Burman

01.30 pm – 02.30 pm – Lunch

02.35 pm – 03.35 pm
Circles of Combat: The Shikargah Pattern
Anjan Chakraverty, Brigitte Singh

03.40 pm – 04.40 pm
Retelling the Ramayana Kalamkari
Anna Dallapiccola

04.45 pm – 05.45 pm
Pano Bhaju: The Story from Goa
Wendell Rodricks

Evening Programme
Mallika & Revanta Sarabhai – City Palace Jaipur

14th December, 2008

10.15 am – 11.15 am
Pabuji Ki Phad: The Epic of Pabuji
William Dalrymple, Kavita Singh

11.20 am – 12.20 pm
Stitching Women’s Lives: Sujuni and Khatwa from Bihar
Skye Morrison, Laila Tyabji

12.25 pm – 01.25 pm
Vrindavani Vastra: Vaishnavite Textiles from Assam
Rosemary Crill

01.30 pm – 02.30 pm – Lunch

02.35 pm – 03.35 pm
The Tree of Life
Paola Manfredi, Ritu Kumar

03.40 pm – 04.40 pm
Khadi: Fabric in the Nation’s Narrative
Susan Bean, Pooja Sood

04.45 pm – 05.45 pm
Court Coverlets: The Chamba Rumal from Himachal
B N Goswamy

15th December, 2008

10.15 am – 11.15 am
The Pichwai’s of Srinathji
Kalyan Krishna

11.20 am – 12.20 pm
The Narrative in Buddhist Art: Tangkha Paintings
Monisha Ahmed, Anjan Chakraverty

12.25 pm – 01.25 pm
Namavali: The Devanagri Textiles
Jaya Jaitly, Chandramani Singh

01.30 pm – 02.30 pm – Lunch

02.35 pm – 03.35 pm
The Morarka Centre Session
(To be announced soon)

03.40 pm – 04.40 pm
Confluence and Continuity of Storytelling Tradition
Jasleen Dhamija, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Meher Castelino

04.45 pm – 05.45 pm
Narratives of a Nation
Lord Meghnad Desai, Namita Gokhale, Dipankar Gupta

Evening Programme
Dastangoi – Madhyavarthi, Jawahar Kala Kendra

Mita Kapur CEO Siyahi
Namita Gokhale Founder Director (Translating Bharat)
Neeta Gupta Director (Languages)

Jaya Bhattacharji Literary Director
Pramod KKG Literary Director

Editors/ Readers
Dr. Rajul Bhargava, Subhangi Swarup
Meera Kumar, Deepa Vanjani
Giriraj Kiradoo. Rashmi Sahi
Atiqa Kelsy, Catherine Wald

Creative Mantri – Hitesh Kanwar
Event Mukhiya – Aditi Goyal
Operations Pramukh – Prerna Bairaria
Communications Adhyaksh – Shrishti Khemka

Project Prabandhak – Kiran Sangha