About the Project

The creation of the ‘vernacular’ space has been a diachronic process. This Project bases itself on the view that the emergence of regional languages in India inspired cultural productions in ‘vernacular’ forms, with special emphasis on the forms in Bengal. This requires certain periodization and classification to define the largely amorphous ‘domain of the vernacular’ as the ‘place of the people’, which gradually developed as a vigorous and dynamic realm of true deconstruction from where arise: first, the spirit of questioning of previously held beliefs, customs, practices; two, their reformulations; and on the basis of these, three, the forging of ‘new aesthetics’ and, very importantly, generating new ways of ‘sahridaya’ reception-participation and fostering an extended receptorship. This Project will engage with the cultural products of this space, taking samples from literature, performance, music, and painting to examine how they are being re-coded through digital intervention for the consumption of an extended receptorship. This would entail negotiation with vastly different modes of production and circulation, commercial parameters, and the construction of a new kind of reception. The endeavor will be to understand and analyze this human-digital interface through modes of translation, transcreation, transformation.