Twin City Theater and Cultural Festival

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This is why Mallik opened his doors two years ago, I’d think to myself as I watched over the event from above. The ground floor was covered with bodies all seated around the stage.

A young man with dark earth skin, dressed in a long red kurta spoke out to the crowd from the stage. I couldn’t make out what he was saying. I hadn’t learned hindi, yet. But I read his body, the emotion of his voice. It was dark outside. And a yellow, reddish light lit up the stage, his face.

I hadn’t seen Roots this alive and full, so many new-young faces.

“I’ve counted a hundred heads” one of the main organizers from Twin City Theater Festival would inform me.

I was joyful, excited. In just a day Twin City Theater Festival had transformed our space. They’d decorated our walls and garden with Art.  And our co-working space had been altered into a small textile market.

This would go down in my notes, another example of the fascinating potential of an Open Space. So much can happen just by the simple act of opening your doors and letting your community bring it to life. All it takes is having the capacity to let go and trust the outside world, realizing that maybe you don’t have all the answers. And do they bring answers. Answers to questions you didn’t even think existed.

And that night, as the light lit up our stage and I was invited to sing, acoustic, about how we’re all literally from the same universe, it dawned upon me. It didn’t really matter where you were on Earth. If you wanted progress, joy, happiness etc. you could make it happen no matter where you are.

As I got off the stage, my feat against the pavement of the community floor, my heart recognized a penetrating yester year of sing and dance and truth.

BY Natale Danko

 

Traction!

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Here’s a post from The Hindu that gives us the much needed traction and push we were looking for! An excellent article though one that needs mentioning of some changes.

The 2nd floor will be Roots and Unltd Hyd office/planning space. This floor will also host a digital detox silent room in the back and an informal meeting area on the front balcony. Movie screenings and theater performances will more strictly happen on the 1st floor during non working hours while the ground floor will be designated mainly for musicians. Workshops and events will happen throughout the premises on a per availability basis. The terrace will be designated for visual art and jugaad–an environmentally sensitive means of creating art by upcycling waste materials. Once our outdoor stage is ready it will host just about anything that is aligned with our mission. Apart from the garden, store and cafe we also have a freecycle space and bike and tool sharing program we are looking forward to (the freecycle is currently open and accessible). While each space is designated for certain specialties it is open to mixing and merging with other departments (ie. artists painting in music space). The only exception to this rule is the Co-working Space during designated business hours. Coliving will aslo be emphasized throughout the premises.

All in all we are an open environment that sculpts itself based upon participant input and we would like to take suggestions in making our space economically and ecologically sustainable. Think of it as a social sculpture! Right now we are in search of a full fledged curatory and management team along with advisory board. For more information give us a call or shoot us an email. Happy new year!

Global Sustainability Jam Hyderabad (Nov 23-24)

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Roots hosted this years Sustainability Jam in Hyderabad. An event of global scale, the jam was conducted in upto 60 countries with frequent twitter updates throughout the network along with skype sessions between participants of different cities. India itself had 4 cities participating with Hyderabad playing host for the first time since the 5 or 6 years of  the jams inception!

The Sustainability jam happened immediately after the finish of the co-working floor and was an interesting experiment foreshadowing the type of climate we wish to expect on that floor and throughout the premises. While this event was a single time affair that happened globally we would like to envision our space becoming a more permanent base and outlet for people to hack the urgent and pressing issues that we are witness to. Now lets get the momentum to build!

Here is the event as featured in the Hindu..

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Raj Janagam Introduction to Roots

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Solutions, solutions, solutions!!

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Some jammers slacking off on the second floor..

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Unveiling : Part 1

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As a lead up to the opening of our Music Studio we have a few things gestating in preparation for that day. This moment will be a milestone for us as our music and performing arts collective has been gaining traction and we are in the process of officiating our ground floor along these lines. As we progress forward we will be releasing a four part music production the guys have been working on. As the parts progress we will be gradually moving towards the official day where we will  also host a world cafe regarding how and what to hack as it relates to our stories surrounding creative expression. This day will also bear witness to the  unleashing of our rasta baby along with a defragmentation jam and other goodies. Stay tuned! Below is part 1 of the 4 part musical.

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Neel ( percussion on a didgeridoo! Part 1 of music video). Neels son Yuvraj in magnifiying glass (boy in video)

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Ginny Arora (sound editing and didg part 1 of music video)

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Vittalacharya Vandavasu (Vocals, part 1)

Place Making in Hyderabad

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Any pioneering effort can arouse lots of cynicism. Ive often heard that what were doing is impractical, not “possible” within the narrowly defined limits of our surrounds. Ive heard friends and family tell me that california is a safe haven for these experiments.

Luckily the red carpet has already been laid out in hyderabad. Its very comforting that this trend is already apparent and thriving thanks to a few pioneer species who have already done the footwork in proving a concept thats not stifled by limitations. While each effort differs in its own way we are all here in the spirit of restoring the commons in whatever varied form. The following article is an ode to these oasis’.

You can Find the full length article here.

Swathi Sucharita from Times of India says, “Hyderabad is witnessing an upsurge of intimate, cultural spaces created by individuals, not spurred by commerce, who feel the imperative need for nurturing such ‘thinking’ spaces in any healthy society”

Here Is a video by our friend from over at “our Sacred Space” describing her journey. She came back after a 13 year stint In Berkeley, California. You can find more details about her in the article above as well. You go girl!!