Bangalore Protests over Nandigram violence

Nov.19, 2007, Bangalore: Protest staged against Nandigram atrocities

Protest flyer:

Protest Nandigram through arts – Bangalore, 18 Nov. Join Now.
Join the protest-through-arts against the massacre at Nandigram
On: Sunday, 18/11/’07, 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
At: (Gandhi statue, MG Road, and pavement in front of Cauvery Emporium, MG-Brigade crossing)
Contact: Mail: nandigrambangalore@gmail.com Or call: 9845820971 (Arundhati), 9902989764 (Kallol), 9880966313 (Arka). Or leave your contacts in the form of a comment on nandigram-bangalore.blogspot.com (latest by Friday afternoon). Check www.sanhati.com for a chronological history of events.
This is a protest through the performance/visual/and contemporary arts. You could play a role by putting up performances/street art/installation/collaborative happenings (poetry-art-movement)/any form of artistic expression, or by coming with innovative posters, paintings, digital art, etc. However, there will be no sloganeering or promotion of political ideology or organizational banners.

Event Reporting: Staff Reporter, The Hindu

Helmets signified old farmers while the plastic water bottles and small toys assumed the role of human body parts. “We are giving them free of cost… which one do you want,” asked two people as they piled up bodies of those raising their voices against their activity. This street play ended with the lead actor asking, “Wake up… how many bodies need to be sacrificed.”

Multilingual street play

This multilingual street play on Nandigram was presented by Mayavan Theatre Group on the pavement adjoining the Mahatma Gandhi statue here on Sunday. This was among the many street plays presented as part of a protest against the atrocities in Nandigram in West Bengal. “We want the people to raise their voice against the violence inflicted on the farmers and those speaking against the Special Economic Zone,” said Abhishek Majumdar, director of the multilingual play.

Human values

Another amateur theatre activist Srijit Mukherji said the protest was against the violation of basic human values in Nandigram. The democratic ways of protest were being stifled. Software professional Kallol Dasgupta said the protestors will do a “back march” to show that the Government was moving backward from democracy to fascism. Arundhati Battacharya, a lecturer in Bangalore University, said development cannot happen at the cost of democracy. The demonstrations were held near the Cauvery Emporium on Mahatma Gandhi Road too.

The protestors held placards such as “Salam Nandigram” “Stop Reign of Terror” “Can’t be Neutral” and “Give Peace a Chance”.

Event Pictures:

Available at

Bangalore Mirror Blog
Nandigram-Bangalore Blog

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Protests in Bangalore, November 14, 2007

People from all walks of life protested against the fresh violence at Nandigram. Ranging from scientists, professors, IT Personnel, Theater personalities, Showbiz people and students participated in a “Sit-Down” at Brigade Road, Bangalore. The protest, under the banner of “MASUM” (Manabadhikar Suraksha Manch) ran for six hours. A lot of local people inquired about the issue in the gathering.
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