Shelly Jyoti is a visual artist, fashion designer, poet, and independent researcher whose research centers on design and visual representation of 20th century textiles and costumes. Her writings and paintings have been published in India & internationally. She is presently working on ‘Azrak Initiative’ project to preserve the Azrak resist dyeing & printing technique with Bhuj (Gujarat) craftsmen and giving them a design direction through her vision and experience. Shelly Jyoti lives and works in Gurgaon and New Delhi in India. Visit her on the web at www.shellyjyoti.com.
"My video installation for the Midnight Tea in Mumbai is inspired by a literary text ‘Neel Darpan’ (1860) written by Dinbandhu Mitra. I will be constructing a narrative of the play ‘Neel Darpan’ in poetry of words performing and examining the period where the indigo farmers died of hunger and unsung and unheard oppression. The video installation builds on my art work from ‘Indigo Narrative’ series 2009-12."