The Sarai Programme Centre for the Study of Developing Societies (CSDS) Delhi www.sarai.net
sarai सराय সরায় سرای or, beside a highway where travellers and caravans can find shelter, sustenance and companionship a place to rest in the middle of a journey a destination and a point of departure an enclosed space in a city a tavern - a meeting place - a public house
Language Hindi Language Resources Localization of FLOSS Software Hindi Lists and Publications Translation Archive dvd/vcd/cd/books/pamphlets documents/images/posters popular cultural materials Online Presence : Websites/Lists/Blogs/Online Archive/E Books Events : Conferences/Seminars/Workshops/Talks/Screenings Outreach : University & City Events/Informal Meetings Collaborations : Local/Regional/International Distributed Research Network : Fellowships and Stipends Sarai : Activities, Nodes and Processes Cybermohalla collaboration with ngo critical pedagogy locality media labs free & ‘social’ software working class spaces young people interpreting and imagining urban experience Continuing Research Information Society Surveillance/Censorship/ Information Politics Intellectual Property Piracy/Commons/Open Source Urban Environments Architecture/Zoning/Ecology/ Health/Labour Publics and Practices Cinema/Video/Music/Cable Viewership/Circulation/Distribution Production/Re-Production/Piracy Art & Media Projects Sarai Media Lab Raqs Media Collective Installations/Video Radio/Print/Web Residencies Publications Sarai Readers (English) Sarai.txt (English) Deewan-e-Sarai (Hindi) Media Nagar (Hindi) Cybermohalla Publications (Hindi and English)
Sarai-CSDS : Distributed Public Creativity Interdisciplinary Research Experimental Media Practice Contemporary Art Architecture for Public Knowledge Generation Archive Presentations Talks Screenings Publications Exhibitions Workshops Seminars Discussion Lists & Web Content
The Contemporary City Information and Society Media Histories and Practices Intellectual Property Language Technology, Politics & Culture Urban Environment Labour Open Source & Free Software Narratives of Everyday Life Oral History Cinema, TV, Radio, Performance, Music, Print, Internet Infrastructure Conflict & Violence Surveillance Popular Culture Sexuality Tactical Media Essays Design Comics Photography Law and Legality Typography The ‘New’ Economy Urban Childhood Leisure Sport Migration Experimental Media Forms Architecture Suburbs, Small Towns, Streets, Neighbourhoods Contemporary Art Cultures of Piracy
as a space to develop & reflect on different kinds of practice to experiment with new forms and methods as a space for inter-disciplinary flows as an archive as a platform for new publics and creative work as a safe space for free speech and critical discussion as a means to reflect on protocols of knowledge production All this becomes possible because of the new media tools How is Sarai seen?
Our Motivations A recognition of the need to address the crisis that afflicts academia, the media, and creative spaces due to : Absence of incentives for creative, experimental and independent forms of knowledge generation, research and creative practice Absence of structures conducive to inter-disciplinary thinking & work Absence of a dialogue between discourse and practice Absence of a public conversation around knowledge and creativity
Aligarh Vijayawada Udaipur Goa Distribution of Independent Research Fellowships
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Images from Archive of Popular Islamic Devotional Posters Yousuf Saeed’s Research Project
Poster from the Archive on Bhojpuri Cinema Created by Lal Bahadur Ojha
Shahid Datawala’s Photographic Research Project on the Ambience of Cinema Spaces in Delhi
Posters Colleced by Indrani Majumder for her research on early film publicity materials in Kolkata
Issues <ul><li>Catching up and moving on with Technology – interesting experience </li></ul><ul><li>Sustaining our work!! </li></ul><ul><li>Suggestions welcome: </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>