Raqs Media Collective

The New Delhi-based Raqs Media Collective was formed in 1992 and is regarded as one of the most dynamic practices working both internationally and within the Indian cultural context. Its members – Monica Narula, Jeebesh Bagchi and Shuddhabrata Sengupta – conceptualize their work in the realm of the history of ideas, mythological traditions, political philosophy, speculative enquiry, and narratives that are sensed from their immediate surroundings as in “acoustics of the present”. The word “raqs” in the group’s name has two meanings: in Persian, Arabic, and Urdu, raqs refers to a whirling state of meditation; it is also an acronym for “rarely asked questions”. While the collective’s practice previously focused on documentary filmmaking, they soon began to migrate toward a range of entwined roles as artists, curators, educators, writer-editors, and theatre directors. In 2000, Raqs Media Collective cofounded the pioneering Sarai program at the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies in Delhi and the Sarai Reader series.

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