TFA Cycle-2: Estuaries of waning sounds
15 February 2020
The project inquires about the slow loss of the Koli dialect. It maps comparative anecdotes of fading Koli dialect from Chendani Koliwada and Vitawa Koliwada. Chendani village has lost its native language decade back and the native language of Vitawa village is on a verge of extinction.
It starts with an engagement with villagers to write words and meanings later culminated into a socially engaged dictionary which will be displayed in the Pop-up Museum.
Koli Words has its own rhythm, sounds that trigger our desire to move and dance. We are inviting three Koli folk song Bards Ramesh Nakhwa from Chendani, Damodar Koli from Vitawa and Pundalik Mhatre of Ulwe, who have written a few of their poems.
These three poets are last generation folk bards who know the dialect of their own village appropriately, the interesting part about Vitawa and Chendani village is that they face each other and in between lies the Thane creek (Ulhas River creek). Fishing in Chendani village and Vitawa Village is slowly vanishing because of increasing water pollution due to industrialization and urbanization. Ramesh Nakhwa and Damodar Koli are folk Bards well known Koli Shahirs of Mumbai their songs are about festive occasions, ocean and fishing culture, and Pundlik Mhatre’s poetry is rebellious and feature current issue of the ongoing displacement of Ulwe village, as the Navi Mumbai Airport is encroaching into his village and part of the sea.
‘The Tandel Fund of Archives’ is a public art project, a pool of archives, which aims to gather and document information of fishermen communities in and around Mumbai. It aims to forge connections with the public sphere through pop up exhibits of archival material.
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