Freedom Begum

When Data Went On Stage

07 Oct 21 04:30 pm TO 06:00 pm

Pleasure Pocket by Rumi Harish

Theme: Our Lives, Our Data, Our Interventions

What is good data? Is it only numbers in a neat table? Here is a story that will make you think again. A few years ago, three queer researchers did extensive interviews to trace a certain history of the trans community in Bangalore. Afterwards they were told that their data did not fit the specifications of academic research. They then turned their data into a multilingual play, Freedom Begum, that in its very first staging in 2019 became an instant legend and loving history of the community. Here to tell the story of how data became a play is Rumi Harish, one of the researchers and the writer of Freedom Begum. Harish, a Hindustani classical musician, weaves into the story of the play a fascinating thread of his own voice -- a voice in transition.

Session Language - English
Audio translation language - Hindi, Bengali
ISL Availability - Yes

For ages - All

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