URU’s programmes are envisioned to play an important role in reshaping the public’s attitude to cultural stereotypes, to assert the local, and to reflect the artistic and cultural contributions of diverse communities.

In association with The Guild Art Gallery

December 2, 2017

A conversation between Madhusudhanan & T V Santhosh in the context of the book on Madhusudhanan published by The Guild Art Gallery.  

Followed by screenings of films: History is a Silent Film (15min.) & Razor, Blood and Other Tales (7min.)

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Live Music Concert at URU art harbour

October 22, 2017

OLAM is a thought, expected to expand constantly. The group came together in 2016 on the streets and the rapidly changing neighbourhoods of Mattancherry and Fort Kochi. Rooted in the landscapes of Kochi, OLAM’s music is described as "progressive instrumental". OLAM has been in residency for nearly a year developing their own music. OLAM did their debut on October 22, 2017 at URU art harbour.

Syam N pai/ Guitar, Arun S Kumar/ Drum, Ajoy Jose/ Keyboard, Manu Ajayan/ Bass Guitar.

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Rock Concert at URU art harbour

October 15, 2017

The Germanband Soyza’s Groove showcases four young musicians who have been making news in the current German Jazz and Rock scene. Soyza’s Groove unites different styles og groove music including popular rock, pop, motown funk, jazz and soul tunes. The band members are musicians from the Nuremberg Music Academy.

Soyza’s Groove is: David Soyza - Vocals, Lukas Grossmann - Keyboards, Moritz Graf - Bass and Johannes Koch - Drums.

The rock concert was organised and conducted at URU art harbour by Goethe Zentrum Trivandrum and Kochi Biennale Foundation.

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October 8, 2017

B Rajeevan, writer and critic, lays the groundwork and explores the history and contemporaneity of 'subaltern democracy'. He speaks about the rise of the subaltern as a force of resistance against the right-wing forces, and how it poses a challenge to the established narratives and meta-narratives of the 'liberal-left', especially in Dalit politics and thinking. Rajeevan distinguishes between the power of the ruled, and the ruling class as he situates and imagines subaltern democracy as a viable political alternative and force against the tendencies of Indian fascism.

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Sunil P Ilayidom

September 24, 2017

Sunil P Ilayidom, writer and critic, examines how the commonalities of the nation-state and nationalism not only precede but informs and exerts ideas and sentiments of the 'nation'. He reveals how historical narratives, especially the ones that are taught in schools and thought of as a means to unify a 'national identity', have only helped in abetting selective histories, and to drown out local histories and specificities. He highlights the discrepancies in India's democratic values and how it led to accentuating contemporary social-and-cultural divides.

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Sunny M Kappikad

August 13, 2017

Philosopher, author and Dalit activist Sunny M Kapikkad analyses the condition of marginalised man through the concepts of space, justice and interventions. He exposes the fissures that appear when a people are denied space in society, and analyses through political, cultural and ethical lenses the friction between the imagination that encompasses all human history and the reality of space. Kapikad illustrates through experiences and insights gained through his public work how the Dalit movement may move forward and resist Indian fascism through moving beyond Gandhian and Marxian paths by employing Ambedkarite thought and the political possibilities of the constitution.

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Curated by Riyas Komu

August 12 - December 31, 2017

Mattancherry, the inaugural exhibition of URU art harbour, curated by Riyas Komu opens on August 12, 2017. Featuring 13 artists, the exhibition, by way of investigating the history of labourers and working class, stories, and memories, seeks to not only move beyond the established microcosms but also to suggest the multi-layered aesthetic, cultural, social, and even abstract sentiments expressive of different multi-cultural perspectives - of looking at and seeing Mattancherry, the place through its people.

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August 2017 - November 2017

A photographer with over seven years of experience. Specialized in architectural photography and has a special interest in documenting local cultures and traditions. Over the photography career, pictures have been published in various national magazines and have worked with renowned photographers during multiple projects. From Himalayas in the north to Thiruvannamalai in the south, traveled extensively across the country reflecting on architectural marvels while unearthing traditional roots of diverse locale through photography and film. Director of award winning documentaries and short films on social themes. Worked as Assistant Director and Assistant Screenwriter for award winning Malayalam feature films and is a member of Film Employees Federation of Kerala (FEFKA).

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August 2017 - November 2017

Roshan Chhabria holds a B.V.A. (Painting with Gold medal) (2011) and an M.V.A.(Painting) (2013) in from Maharaja Sayajirao University (MSU), Baroda, Gujarat. This prolific young artist received the Gujarat Lalit Kala Award (2008) and the Nasreen Mohamedi Scholarship (2009-2010) and has participated in residency programs in Chennai, Mysore and Baroda. In 2013, Roshan participated in the group show DIVER-CITIES II at Latitude 28, New Delhi and TraditionsTransformation at Geukens & De Vil, Antwerp, Belgium. His solo show opened October 2013 at Gallery Maskara, Mumbai, India. The artist lives and works in Baroda, India.

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Book Release

July 14, 2017

ഗുരുചിന്തന: ഒരു മുഖവര / Thinking with Sree Narayana Guru, a bilingual edition of our publication was released on July 14, 2017 at Le Meredian Kochi as part of the inauguration function of the sixth annual conference on Metaphysics and Politics organised by Backwaters Collective in association with the Kochi Biennale Foundation.

Book details:
Titile: ഗുരുചിന്തന: ഒരു മുഖവര / Thinking with Sree Narayana Guru

Translated by J.Devika
Book Design: Ramu Aravindan
Cover Image: Riyas Komu
Publisher: Uru art harbour
Release: GN Devy and Sunny M Kapikad.

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 Led by Prof. Sanil V

June 16 - 21, 2017

The residency is intended as an intimate space for exploration outside the protocols of academic life. The idea is to enable a convivial gathering, of 10 - 15 people, to have an intense involvement with philosophical thinking. Beyond the confines of a specific agenda, the residency will look at how to pursue relentless erudition while remaining an amateur, cultivating and sustaining thinking as an in-disciplinary intensity, and how we engage with classical texts today.

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Led by Manu Jose

May 16-21, 2017

Through activities like painting, theatre, clay modelling, puppetry, storytelling, music and games, the Summer Camp at URU Art Harbour aims to foster key skills in children including communication, empathy, self-awareness, creative and analytical thinking, decision making skills, life skills, and problem solving, and enhance their self esteem, self confidence, leadership quality and capacity to work as a team.

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July 2016 - September 2017

OLAM is a thought, expected to expand constantly. The group came together in 2016 on the streets and the rapidly changing neighbourhoods of Mattancherry and Fort Kochi. Rooted in the landscapes of Kochi, OLAM’s music is described as "progressive instrumental". OLAM has been in residency for nearly a year developing their own music. Currently, OLAM is hard at work writing and producing new music for their debut performance in 2017. Syam N pai/ Guitar, Arun S Kumar/ Drum, Ajoy Jose/ Keyboard, Manu Ajayan/ Bass Guitar.

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November 12, 2016

'Kesari' tries to map the life and work of Kesari Balakrishna Pillai (1889 -1960), who has contributed significantly in shaping Modern Kerala. The work contextualizes the intellectual life of Kesari Balakrishna Pillai and critically engages with his radical interventions which are placed itself against both colonialism and narrow renditions of nationalism. The documentary follows the temporal and spatial axis provided by Kesari’s large corpus of writing and foregrounds its potential to displace modern linear time. 'Kesari' provides a panoramic view of the thought constellation of this unconventional thinker where his seemingly disconnected domains of intellectual activity in Political Philosophy , Art History, Literature, History and Geography fall in place and contribute to the project of human emancipation

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Book Release

November 12 , 2016

"വിഷയങ്ങള്‍ തോറും വിദ്വന്മാരേറെയുള്ള നാടാണ് കേരളം. പക്ഷെ തത്വശാസ്ത്രകാരന്മാർ അപൂർവം . തിരിച്ചറിയലിനെ തിരിച്ചറിഞ്ഞും സിദ്ധാന്തീകരണത്തെ സിദ്ധാന്തീകരിച്ചും എഴുതുന്നതിലേറെ പറഞ്ഞും പറയുന്നതിലേറെ ചിന്തിച്ചും ഒതുങ്ങിവാങ്ങി നില്‍ക്കുന്ന ഒരു തത്വാന്വേഷിയുടെ അപൂർവ രചനയാണിത്. ഒരേസമയത്തു ജ്ഞാനവും ജ്ഞാനാവിഷ്കാരപ്രകാരവും പ്രകാരവിമര്‍ശവും പകരുന്ന രചന. ചിന്തയുടെയും ചിന്താരീതിയുടെയും ഭാവാനുസങ്കീര്‍ത്തനം. "

ഡോ .രാജൻ ഗുരുക്കൾ

 

"This brilliant, brief book is a rare instance when thought succeeds in freeing itself from well-worn idioms of scholarship to experiment and create something radically new.Guruchintana's aim is not to explicate Sree Narayanan as a historical figure, nor to establish accurate, final interpretations for his works. Philology and exegesis appear merely as the means for an unorthodox, original project: to trace the contours of a thought-event. A rigorous work of ‘unweaving’ marks this monograph's intense intimacy with texts and concepts. And at its core is the idea of Nirbadhyata, a state of non-indebtedness: an apt description of the subject’s signature in Sree Narayanan’s gestures and actions, and the air of freedom enjoyed by thought in the pages of this book."

Udaya Kumar

 

"In spare, thoughtful prose, this philosophical reflection seeks to reclaim one of Kerala’s most iconic spiritual figures from the restrictive lens of ideologues and activists, metaphysicians and pundits. We are invited to view Sri Narayana Guru not as iconoclast or philosopher or social reformer. Instead, the author explores him as a man who cut through jaded polemic, vaulted effortlessly over either/or divides, harmonized and synthesized the doctrinaire positions of sectarian schools and philosophical factions with the poetic genius of a true mystic. This book reminds us of an extraordinary legacy that is far from narrowly regional, and deserves wider attention for its inspired redefinitions of ‘faith, belonging, action and mutuality’. Sri Narayana Guru is more relevant than ever to our times."

Arundhathi Subramaniam

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Inaugural Day

November 12, 2016

Envisioned as a vibrant, sustainable and interactive hub for visual arts, literature, music, and philosophy, URU Art Harbour was launched on November 12, 2016 and is situated at Kochangadi, Mattancherry, Kochi. Inaugural day functions included a musical performance by Olam, release of the book Guruchinthana - Oru Mughavura, display of works by KL Leon, Reghunadhan K, KP Reji, Upendranath TR and Vipin Dhanurdharan, and screening and discussion of the documentary film Kesari directed by KR Manoj.

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