Design Baithak: South Asia

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Design Baithak: South Asia

November 27, 2020 @ 7:30 am - 9:00 am EST

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An event every week that begins at 7:30 am on Friday, repeating until November 30, 2020

What Is A ‘Baithak’?

The word ‘baithak’ comes from ‘baithna’, which in Urdu or Hindi means ‘to sit’. In Mughal India, ‘baithak khanas’ were drawing rooms in many havelis or mansions where guests would congregate. Traditionally, baithaks would often be long drawn out evenings of poetry, music, discussion and debate, but the word has come to mean any semi-formal or informal gathering where people sit and talk or discuss issues of the day. With the present crisis and everyone indoors, it would be nice to do something to keep connected and stay intellectually stimulated, motivated, and sane.

Where is Design Baithak Happening?

So we’re now trying to host a baithak twice a week: one for the Anglo-North American sphere (based on New York time in the US), and one for the South Asian region (scheduling along Bangalore’s time zone). No registration is required – the Zoom link will be up on the site next to the lecture information below, just click on it to drop in!

When Does Design Baithak Happen?

So, we’re going to try and make the time as possible for most people, but we can always discuss this and change things around if needed, and folks can drop in and out as they wish. You can Zoom in at the link provided below specific for each meeting. The time zone might not work out great for everyone, but I hope that people in other parts of the world can do their own baithaks! The times we do have, for New York and Bangalore respectively, are:
North America: 6:00p to 7:30p, New York Time.
South Asia: 6:00p to 7:30p, Bangalore Time.

What Is The Format?

We’ve had the first few semi-formal: each week a different host uploads a reading onto this website, introduces the topic for the day, and we take the discussion from there! We’re also open to the idea of having people come in in some sessions and give more formal talks for about half an hour and having more Q&A type sessions, or mixing it up and having collective viewings of content (movies, documentaries, etc.) every now and then. Since we anticipate the audience will be mostly students, scholars, and professionals in the creative arts and design, it would be nice for us to talk about those in the context of creative (reconfigurative) practice.

How Are We Securing These Meetings and Preventing Them From Zoombombing?

We can’t ensure that meetings won’t be zoombombed, but all participants will move from a waiting room into the active call, so if someone fishy shows up the host won’t let them in; similarly, if anyone in the meeting does misbehave or attempt to bomb it, they will be immediately kicked out and not allowed back in. We will lock the meeting 5 minutes into the forum. I would really urge people coming in to attend to have their full name on display, and ideally, their institution, e.g. Ahmed Ansari (NYU).




November 27, 2020


Design Baithak

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