Tramjatra Book

the 'tramjatra' book

“Tramjatra: Imagining Melbourne and Kolkata by tramways”
edited by Mick Douglas
Yoda Press (India) and RMIT University Press (Australia)

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“exhilarating” - The Age
“ a unique initiative’ – The Hindustan Times

304pp colour, soft cover, 120 x 160mm.
AUD$30 ISBN 0 86459 364 3

Purchase online

distribution:
Australia - Modern Journal: modernjournal@netspace.net.au

Internationally - Idea Books www.ideabooks.nl
or order online at www.informit.com.au

South Asia - Foundation Books: www.fbindia.com
295 Indian Rs ISBN 81 902272 4 6

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Follow the way of the tram through two cities with tracks of a shared past. Welcome to networks with promise for the future. Tramjatra undertakes a journey between Kolkata (India) and Melbourne (Australia) through the medium of tramways. This form of creative and critical globalisation from below, built on friendship and dialogue, shows a way forward.

In the context of increasing debates about sustainability and the impacts and processes of globalisation, tramjatra makes new connections through a public arts practice of inter-cultural dialogue. Over the past decade Kolkata's struggling tramways have faced a persistent threat of closure and the operation of Melbourne 's tramways has been privatised and automated. By traveling between two different urban realties, tramjatra provokes both a local and global engagement in the challenges of moving and being moved in contemporary urban life. The book explores the poetic relationship between the practical movement afforded by tramways as a mode of public transport, and the contemporary social, political, economic and creative forces of movement brought to tramways. Essays discuss historical links between Melbourne & Kolkata; examine relations between memory, tram travel and ticketing; locate tramjatra in the context of debates on transculturalism, international education and notions of public art; and unravel issues of translation in inter-cultural arts practice.

Essays by Suzie Attiwill, Dipesh Chakrabarty, Soumitra Das, Gayatri Spivak, Catherine Murphy, Fazal Rizvi and Bruce C. Wearne.

Artworks by Jayashree Chakravarty, Sarna Chitrakar, Dukhushyam Chitrakar, Moyna Chitrakar, Mick Douglas, Amanda King, James Legge, Andy Miller, Mark Misic, Sanjay Mitra, Jogi Panghaal, Mahadeb Shi and Lisa Young.

Tram conducting by Roberto D’Andrea and Prabir Kumar Goswami.

Passengers contributions by Anirban Basu, Paul Bateman, Ranjita Biswas, Keith Butler, Aparna Das, Lyall Johnson, Malcolm Just, Mary Kalantzis, Paul Molyneux, V. Ramaswamy, S.R. Rajen.

Posted by tramtactic at May 16, 2006 01:29 PM