I am woefully sporadic when it comes to blog updates, so thank you all of you who have born with me so far, you are appreciated!
There have been many moves and shakes in the last year; I have had some major perspective shifts as a writer, a musician and a queer brown woman, all of which I’d like to share here. It’s been somewhat of a journey..
If you can stand to bear with me a little longer, consider this a placeholder for a more expansive post in which I will try to articulate some of the things that have been happening, as openly and honestly as I can!
For now, enjoy the delight of this hundred and fifty year old harmonium, which was preposterously offered up for FREE on one of the UK’s biggest personal ads magazine.
We saw this amazing piece of history, went for it like a shot and Harriet is now proudly standing in the vestibule of our art collective building (more on that!) in the Scottish Borders.
So, keep an eye out, I promise I’ll be back in the swish of a sari’s dupatta.
* Gupshup: (Hindi) Chit chat, casual conversation, gossip!
A belated Happy 2017 to all!
This year there are several music, film and writing projects in the works. While I’m quietly tinkering away at a book, I am pleased to confirm the inclusion of Steampunk India
short story Unmade
in the Steampunk Writers Around the World
Anthology, by Edinburgh based Luna Press Publishing
. The anthology is a direct result of Kevin D. Steil
‘s annual Steampunk Hands Around the World
project. The project connected writers from across the globe, with the result that some of them joined forces to create an anthology of non-Western Steampunk fiction. The editors, Paulo Ramirez-Villaseñor
and Josué Ramos,
found themselves on a quest for the ideal publishing company and landed on Luna. Contributors besides the two editors include Milton Davis
, Ray Dean
, Fabio Fernandes
, Aníbal J. Rosario Planas
, Petra Slováková, Marcus R. Gilman, César Santivañez and Elaine Vilar Madruga.
Release date to be confirmed.
Meanwhile, USA based editor Sarah Hans
and Alliteration Ink
publisher Steven Saus
ran a successful Kickstarter
campaign for their Steampunk Universe
The book, a follow-up to Steampunk World, aims to highlight fiction that includes disabled and aneurotypical characters. It will feature Steampunk India story Internal Devices, which focuses on the carer aspect of being in an LGBT relationship with a disabled partner, in the guise of a swashbuckling adventure.
Fellow contributors include Ken Liu
, Jody Lynn Nye
, Maurice Broaddus
, Malon Edwards
, Emily Cataneo
, Pip Ballantine
, Victor Ocampo
, Lyndsay E. Gilbert
, Kate Coe
, Liam Hogan
, Zach Chapman
, Andrew Knighton
, Matthew Bright
, Candida Spillard
, and Beyond Victoriana
foundress Diana Pho
Release date to be confirmed.
(Cover art for Steampunk Universe, by James Ng
In other news: it’s studio time. We are working hard on Erin Bennett‘s upcoming album SXC, it’s honestly a joy to work with someone whose songwriting flies as hard and fierce as this Texan belle’s does! Here is a foretaste, music video ‘Cold & Still’
(Photos and Video by Art Attack Films)
We will be hitting the road again in March, keep an eye on Erin’s site for gig dates near you…
Electronica artist Krow is also spreading her creative wings and while live performances will remain elusively rare, brace yourself for the second studio album which is currently under construction. Pagan female rawness at its finest.
(Photo taken at PandoraFest 2016 by Boudicca Records)
As usual, I will be as active as I can furthering equality/normality in the Creative Industries across the disciplines I work in. Plans are forming for a second edition of female-positive music festival PandoraFest which saw its successful launch in July last year. Please keep an eye on any and all channels mentioned above for updates on publication dates, album release dates, gig dates, writing announcements and more!
May you year be filled with creative ways forward towards the horizon of your choice,
The Steampunk Universe anthology, edited by Sarah Hans, is gaining momentum; more news to follow very soon!
Meanwhile, I spoke to Fatima Farah of Indian magazine DESIblitz about my background and what inspires me when writing inclusive Victoriana fiction: Suna Dasi Talks Short Stories and Steampunk India
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Beside Steampunk India and singing with Erin Bennett (my ‘day job’) , I am a founder of female positive music festival Pandora Fest. In the spirit of signal boosting on all frequencies, here is a recent article on the event by music blog Drunken Werewolf.
(Image: Erin Bennett & The EB Band (ft. Anna Fraser on drums and myslf on backing vox)
The festival has its inaugural launch next month, on July 16th in Scotland and features a great variety of artists and genres. There is opportunity to camp, glamp, browse the market stall, eat, drink and be merry! Everyone is welcome!
Though not strictly Steampunk related, the event certainly hits the independently minded, DIY button…And of course, if you are based in UK, perhaps you might like to attend..
Coming soon: news on the two publications that will feature Steampunk India short stories this year.
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By Anna Kamaralli – Favourite Shakespeare Women: an article written for ShakespeareTwentyScore.org on International Women’s Day 2016.
All has been quiet on this blog recently, because the action is going on over at ShakespeareTwentyScore.org but I wanted to cross-post my International Women’s Day piece from over there, just in case anyone would like to share thoughts on Shakespeare’s female characters in the comments.
While we don’t have anything like as many to choose from, the smaller numbers of female characters in Shakespeare’s plays means the ones who are there tend to be the vivid splashes of colour in a field of grey Lords. Be they virtuous, evil, complex or intermittently disturbingly underwritten, they all do tend to be memorable.
Judi Dench as the Princess of France in Henry V
Do you favour the ingenues, the grand queens, or the lowly comic matrons?
Katharine Hepburn as Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing
Rosalind in As You Like It was probably Shakespeare’s most popular heroine for a long…
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It was a true pleasure to be part of the Roundtable: Intersections between South Asian Folklore, Myth and Lived Experience feature in Truancy Issue 2.
The questions and answers begetting more questions and answers provided challenging, wonderful food for thought. It was fascinating, moving and inspiring to read my fellow participants’ replies. Some of the resultant ponderings and conclusions didn’t make it into the (already blissfully long) article. These were the more personal ideas regarding diaspora, identity and place, coupled with the perceived legacy of folklore, myth and legends from various cultures that, for me, ended in the following.
Though I am nostalgic for something unexperienced when I yearn for being part of Indian culture in a way that was denied to me when I came into the world, I am simultaneously very aware that this is a type of… romantic affectation.
There is no conflict of identity. I am very happily myself. Or rather; it has been my privilege to have had the space to become so, by trial and error, through joys and woes. That is solely the result of growing up with the cultural freedoms I enjoyed. Had I been born and raised within my own culture, bound by what I know to be the stifling constraints of my heritage, I would most certainly not have been able to become a touring singer, nor an all out, woman-loving equality activist, embodying nothing resembling religion, though you could argue I have an abiding, possibly worshipful wonder for science and nature. As a friend affectionately said once: You are a Sagan pagan. I’ll take that.
I adore being a fusion of cultures, a true citizen of the world – much overused as the term is. While I may not speak much Hindi at all, I speak three languages comfortably and a further two adequately. This roundtable, while actually being about folklore and inherited myths, has been excellent for crystallising some thoughts that have been swimming in the bottom of my mind like little blind fishes. I have long wondered whether all this superimposed angst of cultural belonging, or the judgment from people both Western and of countries you are ‘really from’ (recognise that question anyone? Folk always seem dissatisfied when I say The Netherlands!) may partly be a strange type of jealousy. Why not have it all? Why not have cake and eat it?
Nothing has been taken from me in that respect, rather a melding of cultures that has given my life that many more dimensions. Including the rich veins of mythology, fairy tales and folklore from more worlds than just one. I hope the roundtable gives insight and enjoyment of the different minds and backgrounds coming at those questions.
Plus, this issue contains wonderful fiction and artwork. Enjoy!
Christmas is close, how lovely! It’s nearly time to wrap up for the holidays.
The last deadline of the year is looming: an article about Indian Steampunk for the next edition of SciFi Romance Quarterly. 2016 will see the release of the Steampunk Universe anthology edited by Sarah Hans, featuring my latest story, Internal Devices. I will be contributing to The SciFi and Fantasy Network and am excited about my involvement in a writing project instigated by fellow Steampunk Hands Around the World participants, which has been brewing for some time. February will of course see the 2016 edition of Steampunk Hands Around the World itself: the annual global effort to connect as many people across as many cultures through Steampunk as possible by local events, blog tours, themed articles, exclusive artwork and interviews and much more. Keep a weather eye on the Airship Ambassador’s site for details.
Work is ever ongoing for the Steampunk India-verse itself; short stories – and ,eventually, a book – are mapped out. I will delve into other genre writings as well as ongoing music projects. I will continue to work towards gender -and LGBTI equality in all creative industries.
So please, keep your aural induction oscillators tuned to the aether, thank you for your support and enjoy the festive season, however you may celebrate!
Merry Days from Suna Dasi.
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