Floating Secrets is created as a journey of slowing down to uncover the stories of endangered crafts, practices and emotions of the tribes in one of the oldest states of Northeast India, Manipur. Traditions of the independent thinkers of the Meitei tribe and the skillful crafts of the land from unique pottery without using the potter’s wheel, salt making without seawater to aesthetic creations from the humble bamboo, Manipur has some of the most unique and world-famous cultures of the world nestled safely in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas with blue-hued hills and freshwater lakes. And yet, these unique practices are endangered today. How did these practices evolve over time? Why are these crafts left out today?
Can we reinforce the significance of the richness of knowledge among the minds of the local community by co-living with them? It’s time to immerse in it, live in it and bring out the story to the world.
Sustainability is a word that has gone down in our daily dictionaries today and come up every now and then. We know that traditional knowledge, be it handicraft, rituals, practices of India are not just scientifically aesthetically and artistically relevant but have also always worked with the environment in a synchronised way. So, how can we ensure conservation of the same? How can we keep the essence of traditions, the diligence of crafting while progressing towards modernity and development? Floating Secrets is a participatory living experience designed to let you discover the unique practices and crafts of the tribal cultures of Manipur and absorb their real, raw stories. While nature will act as the cocoon in which we will breathe and immerse into the beautiful landscapes and traditions of the villages, the experiences and discourses of Unheard Unseen are designed for you to encounter and absorb the ethnic cultures and crafts through a multi-disciplinary and critical lens. It’s a traveller’s paradise and a storyteller’s dream to weave together beautiful moments in undiscovered places while creating lasting impact for the communities we live with.
S O M E W H E R E where the dreams floats - a secret location in Manipur
Manipur is situated on the eastern frontier of India. It is bounded on the east by Myanmar (Burma), on the north by the State of Nagaland, on the west by the State of Assam and on the south by the State of Mizoram and Myanmar. Physically Manipur comprises two parts, the hills and the valley. The valley is at the centre surrounded by hills on all sides. The hills cover about 9/10 of the total area of the State.
This is an expedition of like-hearted-playful-thinkers who believe that indulging in multidisciplinary learning frameworks, experimental research and alternative pedagogies will strengthen our approaches to perceptivity such that we could collectively recreate our own meaning of love and romance in life.Registration Closed