Vikalp is hosted and logistically supported by Xavier University & Xavier School of Communications (XCOMM), Bhubaneswar. It is organized by the student community at XUB, in collaboration with participating writers, academics, artists, musicians and filmmakers from across the country, over a period of three days – 20th, 21st and 22nd of October 2016 at the Xavier Institute of Management (XIMB) Auditorium, Bhubaneswar. The event is open to all. We invite people from all walks of life, specifically students and youth to come, participate and critically engage in alternate thinking of what distinguishes a culture of freedom from a culture of oppression.

The event is about songs and stories, which have been integral part of both human life and history. Songs and stories have proven to be resilient creatures. Like the chosen logo, an old banyan tree, under whose shade many a song and stories are performed in this part of the world, they branch off, the branches become roots and roots become new trunks. Songs and stories challenge the notions of what is central and what is marginal; by lending voice to the ones from the margins they mock the loud noise of those claiming to be masters of the universe.

Vikalp emphasizes on how songs and stories have had scant regard for borders and boundaries and how they travel across time and space. Attempts to keep songs and stories bounded by arbitrarily drawing boundaries across geographical space or the human body have not succeeded.  The event aims to show cause that songs and stories go beyond the given, seeking the unknown.  The world of songs and stories is not one of neatly ordered certainties and categories; their truth is at the inclusion of feelings and sensibility, desires and dreams, hopes and aspirations. They are a reminder that life is not a clockwork, a mechanistic repetition of the same but the living reality of diversity and difference. Songs and stories bear witness to human struggle for emancipation and freedom, by giving voice to the diversity and difference.

Venue: Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar

Date: October 20 th , 21st and 22 nd 2016

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Contact: Rohan +91 9921040868

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