Issue 38

Editor’s note

In the times of Brexit, not just the EU and Britain, but the entire world and its migrants are being impacted by Britain’s myopic, insular and divisive policy. Gallerie’s 38th issue, simmering for the last few months has come to a sizzle with Brexit. As we go to press, it is rather late to contextualise this historic chapter but then, our discourse clearly articulates the perils of territorial chauvinism, empires, nations, boundaries and migration laws; all of these exacerbating xenophobia, jingoism and savagery.

A quick look at what has been recorded of Homo sapiens originated around 200,000 years ago, as fossils found at Omo Kibish in Ethiopia, verify that we have migrated through many moons and seasons, through wars, destruction, rehabilitation, and reinvention.

Such cruel irony then, that a civilisation having evolved from the earliest migrants in Africa, some 60,000 years ago, have “black”-listed their progenitors in our race-ridden world.

In this issue

  • THE WANDERING OPERA by Fleur Barron
    Opera is said to have evolved in Florence, Italy, during the Renaissance. A small group of wealthy artists, statesmen,...
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  • THE WINGS OF MUSIC By Rãm Krishna Dãs
    Music, like air, has flown through continents since before the birth of continents. Amongst several theories, the 3400-year-old “Hurrian...
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  • LAYING CLAIM TO THE LIMINAL By Arshiya Lokhandwala
    Today, the world is in crisis. An estimated nine million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of...
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  • WHEN DANCE MOVES By Mallika Sarabhai
    Dance, music and the visual arts seem to have existed ever since the birth of Homo sapiens. The earliest...
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  • REALITY. LARGER THAN LIFE By Fintan Magee
    The story of immigration for my family in the last generations has been global and complex. I realise how...
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  • THEATRE. STAGES OF CHANGE By Ramu Ramanathan
    Bombay or Mumbai, is a city of migrants. And many of them arrived with bags full of tales. When...
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  • LIVING IN THE MIST. THE LAST NOMADS OF NEPAL Kishor Sharma
    In a jungle far away from human settlement in the mid-western region of Nepal, a small habitat is seen....
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  • ROHINGYAS By Saiful Huq Omi
    The Rohingya people, a community of Muslim faith, often known as the “boat people”, have been living in the...
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  • FROM THE BOOK OF QUESTIONS By Pablo Neruda
    POETRIES BY Mahmoud Darwish, Gulzar KTM Iqbal, K Satchidanandan, Michael Mirolla, Alan Britt, Blessing Musariri, Tishani Doshi, Najwan Darwish
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  • IN KOLKATA: AN ISLAND OF AFGHANS Moska Najib & Nazes Afroz
    While until a few decades ago, “real” Kabuliwalas were a common sight on the streets of Kolkata, as in...
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  • AFRICAN ELITES IN INDIA Edited by Kenneth Robbins & John McLeod
    Nowhere else in the world did Sub-Saharan Africans wield power over non-Africans for as long as they did on...
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  • AND THE WORLD WILL BE AS ONE… Aung Aung Taik
    As a young artist, at odds with my social surroundings for being an artist instead of a doctor like...
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  • TWO SUITCASES FULL OF HOPE... Fatima Rahmati
    Life is magical though, 33 years ago, I was a refugee child of an illiterate mother. Raised with Afghan...
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  • FOLLOWING THE FOOD TRAIL Javed Gaya
    Throughout history, Migration has introduced new culinary experiences to adopted homelands. The question is whether this phenomenon has had...
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  • CROSSING BORDERS WITH CINEMA Amitava Nag
    Like several other cultural forms, Cinema has been a powerful medium that has transcended the sternest borders to reach...
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  • JHUMPA LAHIRI. AND THE LURE OF A LANGUAGE Ombretta Frau
    This is a love affair that literally travels beyond boundaries. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri’s passion for the Italian...
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  • FAVIANNA RODRIGUES. A VOICE TO BE HEARD
    Daughter of Peruvian migrants to the United States in the late 60s, Favianna Rodriguez, born in 1978, is an...
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  • 10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER VISIT MOLENBEEK. Stephanie Benoit
    Once a tranquil rural region, Molenbeek , in Belgium, evolved into an industrial and...
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  • DOMESTIC MIGRANTS. PIGEONS WITHOUT IDS Ashwani Kumar
    India as a nation is indeed “a curious mix derived from old story and legend and modern fact”, made...
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