Silk River – Final Report Feb 2018


Silk River has been an epic undertaking and we're looking forward to the many legacy projects that are beginning to take shape.  Here is the end of project report, which contains an outline of some of the exciting things that happened and the impact of the project. 

Silk River Project Report

Report by Kinetika, 5 Feb 2018


Silk River - Project Summary

This ambitious project explored the unique relationship between London and Kolkata through a year’s

artistic exchange between communities along the Thames Estuary and Hooghly River.

Artistic director Ali Pretty - worked in collaboration with associate artistic directors Ruchira Das and

Korak Ghosh and an international team of contemporary and traditional artists, writers and

photographers to capture and interpret the experience of journeying along these mighty rivers.

Working in 20 locations and with partners from Murshidabad to Batanagar (Hooghly) and Kew

Gardens to Southend (Thames) to reinterpret a shared heritage, we raised cultural awareness of the

Indo-British relationship through engaging diaspora communities and connecting young people with

artists along the route.

Closing Ceremony, Victoria Memorial Hall, Dec 16 th 2017

“It’s been inspiring what we’ve been seeing, not just the colours but the enthusiasm, the amount of

determination and commitment over the years to make this a reality…It’s what I call the living

bridge it is bringing people together in the UK and in India in a way that is really relevant to the

communities that they exist in.”

British High Commissioner to India, Sir Dominic Asquith

“I’m at the final event for one of the most important projects that we’ve had in the Year of

Culture. Silk River has connected 20 communities in Kolkata and London and been at the heart of

our mission to use the Year of Culture to celebrate the modern-day relationship between our two

countries, to connect with people and to inspire them to build a relationship for the next 70

years. It’s been a wonderful event, it’s been an incredible project and we’re so, so grateful to

everyone involved. Thank you very much.”

British Council India Director, Alan Gemmell OBE


Where the Thames & Hooghly meet

Silk River has been in development for over 30 years, and while we know now that there will be

legacy projects that will continue the journey, we cannot yet know where it might lead in 30 years

from now.

It all began in India, in 1985, when Habib Tanvir, director of the Naya Theatre, encouraged Ali to

become an artist. She followed him to Calcutta to learn about art and politics, and then began to

work in participatory arts in the UK with the help of British community artist Elizabeth Lynch. In the

process of exploring diverse art forms Ali followed the Asian diaspora to Trinidad, later becoming a

carnival designer. Settling in London she learnt to paint silk, her artistic career took off and Kinetika

was founded in 1997.

Recently Ali has devised a different model of participation in response to changing social, economic

and environmental circumstances engaging diverse disparate communities in walking, talking and

making. Based in Purfleet and working closely with the local community, Kinetika created Thurrock

100 (, an annual walking festival, making artworks and exchanging stories that

connects people to each other and the place that they live.

SILK RIVER transposed this model to an international context for the first time - a

tool for re-imagining the relationship between India and the UK as part of the

UK/India year of culture. Bringing together Ali’s experience of working between

Kolkata and London over many years, she welcomed this opportunity to

collaborate with a team of talented artists and producers to deliver this project,

creating new artworks on Murshidabad silk and connecting thousands of people

through this extraordinary journey.

The challenge now is to reflect and collaborate with our partners and build on the foundation that the

Silk River network has created, both along the Thames Estuary and along the banks of the Hooghly.

‘The inimitable bond between London and the Thames and Kolkata with the Hooghly

are very special to me. Over the years I’ve observed many similarities and connections

between them.

Silk River is to me ‘a tale’ of two cities. Many set aside a particular time every year to

remember their mutual interdependence with their river. London, among other festivities has

a month-long celebration with Totally Thames.

I want the same for Kolkata, and my involvement with this unique event, Silk River, gives me

an opportunity to remember our Hooghly. We are sure that this will go a long way in

making people conscious of the river, its importance and its heritage. Hopefully, it will also

help us all to reinterpret and understand why we need to preserve this special bond.’

Korak Ghosh

Korak Ghosh, Director, Silk River India Walk


The Inspiration


The aesthetic and design of the silk scrolls was inspired by the

traditional Bengali art form of Patachitra. This is a unique folk

tradition of visual storytelling accompanied by songs performed

the Patuas.

The painters are called Patua and bear the surname Chitrakar.

The paintings are mostly based on stories on mythology, social,

historical or contemporary issues. The Patuas compose songs on

the stories then paint to corroborate with the story which they

unfurl and sing. This makes the Patuas lyricists, painters, singers,

all blended into one.

Swarna & Monaranjan Chitrakar, with Ruchira

Das, performing in the UK

We worked with many Patachitra artists on the silk scrolls in India and Swarna and Monaranjan

Chitrakar visited the UK to deliver artist exchange workshops, accompanied by Ruchira Das.

“Very informative. Lots of inspiring stories through the paintings and singing. Fantastic project

to be involved in thank you.” Workshop attendee

Murshidabad Silk

With the assistance of Crafts Council of West Bengal, the high-quality silk for the scrolls was woven

in Islampore under the supervision of eminent silk merchant Gadadhar Hore.

“It has turned out to be a great revival project as the weavers were

contacted and convinced through a series of negotiations that it

would be a wonderful opportunity to recreate the superior quality

silk on a pilot basis for an international project.

The weavers rose to the challenge and the silk for the scrolls was

woven on looms that had not done so in recent memory.

Here at the Crafts Council of West Bengal our role as an

intermediary ensured that the silk was pure Murshidabad and not

mixed with yarn from other parts of India or indeed the world. The

success of the scrolls in telling the story of the British connection to

India, from the past to the present will restore Murshidabad’s place

in the history of Empire as a centre of trade and a producer of

exquisite silk.”

Ruby Palchoudhuri, Director, Crafts Council of West Bengal

Silk weaver

Silk River shared the beautiful qualities of this silk to a wide variety of audiences, from Royal Botanic

Gardens Kew, to an exhibition at Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata. We estimate that more than

63,000 people saw the scrolls live during Silk River events.

The scrolls are now being booked for exhibitions to continue to share their story, and Kinetika is likely

to use this special silk on other projects and possibly a range of products too.


Silk River Textile Residencies

India - January 2017

The first ten scrolls were designed and painted in a fourteenday

residency hosted by the Murshidabad Heritage

Development Society in Azimganj.

Working with the Rural Crafts and Cultural Hubs and the

Crafts Council of West Bengal many talented craftspeople

were selected to work with the Kinetika artists.

“The Patachitras could see the connections in terms of graphic

design but the batik technique was new for them. Dipika, one of

the younger members of the Patachitra family quickly saw an

opportunity. She was excited by what she might learn from the

artists of different traditions.

None of us can predict the longer-term impact of the residencies

on the artists, how the skills learnt, and the design approaches

explored will manifest in their work… The challenge for the

partners in Kolkata will be to follow up this moment with further

opportunities for the artists to develop and flourish.” Elizabeth

Lynch, Independent Consultant, Azimganj Residency.

The 10 Murshidabad silk scrolls were first presented at the

Murshidabad Heritage Festival that hosted the launch of Silk

River in Jan 2017.

“Thank you for your support and good wishes towards

Murshidabad Heritage Festival (MHF) 2017.. From the festival’s

roaring success, we managed to carry on Murshidabad Heritage

Development Society’s primary objective of preserving, conserving

and protecting the rich culture and heritage of Murshidabad.”

Pradip Chopra MHDS

Artists’ residency to make India scrolls

Who created the Indian Scrolls?

4 Kinetika Artists

12 Patachitra Artists

4 Batik artists

2 Clay Doll Makers

2 Kantha Stitching Artists

2 Sara painting artists

4 Future Hope students

15 Fashion/Art Students

17 Students from SRFTI

63 people in total

Full credits HERE

MHF Festival


UK June 2017

The 10 UK scrolls were created at a twelve day residency held at

Kinetika’s studios in Purfleet. Over 130 artists and volunteers

attended over the two weeks. The residency was led by Ali Pretty

and Jacci Todd and hosted by Jane Ford.

At the residency it was clear that people really felt they had

learnt new skills. We had up to five different locations come

together at one time which was a brilliant way for the partners to

exchange their stories, build a shared vision and lay the

foundations for the Silk River Artists network. Several of the artists

will now be employed by Kinetika on future projects.

Making the UK scrolls June 2017

“The Artists Residency was an opportunity to really get the locations

connected in a practical and productive way and this achieved and

went beyond its goal. Artists kept returning and continue to do so in

a future legacy potential that has yet to be evaluated.” Jane Ford

“I learnt many new skills as well as developing existing ones such as

drawing, laying out, managing the handmade silk, hot waxing, how to

mix cold water dyes, how to blend colours and the process of double

waxing. It made me feel more confident about the possibility of

working within the industry. It gave me a sense of pride in the whole

project. I really enjoyed my time at Kinetika. I believe this was the best

work experience opportunity for me as I got to meet lots of

professionals who work within the creative sector.” Emily Moon, work

experience student, Harris Academy, Thurrock.

“I loved the team participation, as art can be a lonely pursuit. The

residency has shown us how we can extend our own community projects

to include other ethnic groups and demonstrates how one event evolves

into another. It gave us the chance to network with many artists along

The Thames Estuary.” Ruth Howard, Artist, What If Gallery,


Silk River UK steering committee and artists

Who created the UK Scrolls?

10 Kinetika Artists

5 Kew artists

11 Tower Hamlets artists

14 Barking & Dagenham artists

5 Greenwich & Woolwich artists

8 Dartford artists

17 Gravesend artists

12 Purfleet artists

5 Tilbury artists

3 East Tilbury artists

11Southend artists

28 schools/ youth group people

130 people in total

Full credits HERE


UK Walking Festival

The UK walk took place 15-24th September from Kew

Gardens to Southend. Each day was totally different.

Every day we added two more scrolls until we finally arrived

at Southend with all 22 and walked them up the pier and

boarded the paddle steamer Waverley back to Tower



15th Sept Plants, People, Art & Artefacts - Kew Gardens

16th Sept East London’s Silk Trail Tower Hamlets

17th Sept AM At Sea, Ships and Sailors Greenwich

17th Sept PM At Sea, Ships and Sailors Woolwich

18th Sept The Hidden River, Barking Creek & Riverside

19th Sept Artists leave London and move to Purfleet. Why?

20th Sept What happens on the other side? Dartford

21st Sept Cement, Bricks & Paper alongside Europe’s finest

Gurdwara Gravesend

22nd Sept By Thames to all people of the world Tilbury

23rd Sept In Other People’s Shoes - East Tilbury

24th Sept It’s a long way to Southend Pier Finale!

Silk River at the Cutty Sark 17 th Sept 2017

One of the best things about the UK walks was the way in

which each local partner and their participants planned,

scoped and delivered their day each one was unique and

distinctive, reflecting each place. In many instances, there

was a good connection to the Asian diaspora and

connections have been made to neighbouring communities,

and a Silk River network now exists and already there are

several plans for continuing to do projects together along

the Lower Thames Estuary.

Silk River flags board the paddle steamer

Waverley at the end of the UK walk 24 th Sept

We believe, as reflected in Kevin Rushby’s blog and this recent piece in the Guardian, many people

learnt a lot about the history, culture and communities along the Estuary.

“It may seem ridiculous to suggest that the Thames is a discovery of the year but I don’t mean

the bucolic splendours of its upper reaches. I mean below Greenwich. Lured in by the Silk River

arts project, I walked to Southend, crossing via foot tunnels (at Greenwich and Woolwich) and

ferries (last one is Gravesend-Tilbury). There is post-industrial devastation but also luminous

beauty. At Rainham Marshes you might see osprey, in Gravesend there is the grave of

Pocahontas, at Dartford railway station a plaque to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, who first

met there. Time things right and you can catch the Waverley paddle steamer back upriver to

Tower Bridge.” Kevin Rushby

All Kevin Rushby’s blog posts: UK



The planning of the entire route and how all 10 days linked to each other was a remarkable

achievement between Gordon Parker London LDWA and Jo Beal. The collaboration between

artists and walk leaders was brilliant and these relationships will be encouraged to develop in

future projects.

A few quotes from those that walked:

• I was blown away by the energy, inclusivity and the

richness of the whole event.

• I think the school engagement was really important as

was allowing locals to really be involved in all sections

of the project.

• I like the stories about Barking, and how it used to be.

Tilbury Cruise Terminal 22 nd Sept 2017

“We felt that the main success of the project was the way the young people really engaged with the

historic and political aspects of the sites within which they performed. The walk on the day went really

well and we came away from the experience feeling a real sense of community and achievement.”

‘A’ Team Arts, Tower Hamlets

Total participants in the UK school projects alone were in

excess of 330 children, along with staff and teachers.

Additional activity

The initial grant and proposal for the project plan grew and led to many additional events and new

artworks including these below. Further enquiries for touring the silks are being explored.

Additional events and new commissions

• Steve Shaw documentary Film

• BFI Film Screening

• A new poem by Shane Solanki

• Diwali Trafalgar Square

• Kew Gardens Exhibition

• Mandakini Menon’s Film

• Southend Exhibition (March 2018)

Diwali, Trafalgar Square

Kew Exhibition

Steve Shaw Film Screening

Mandakini Menon’s film


India Walking Festival

The India walk took place 6-16th Dec 2017 from Azimganj (Murshidabad) to the Victoria Memorial,

Kolkata. 18 participants travelled from the UK to take part, most were connected to someone who

had been part of the UK leg of the journey, creating a real sense of connection between the two



7 Dec Azimganj/Murshidabad

8 Dec - Krishnanagar

9 Dec - Chandannagar

10 Dec - Barrackpore/Serampore

11 Dec - Tagore’s House/Kurmatouli

12 Dec - Burrabazaar

13 Dec - Howrah

14 Dec - Kidderpore

15 Dec - Batanagar

16 Dec - Botanical Gardens / Victoria Memorial Finale

Visit to Ashis Bagchi’s studio Krishnanagar

Pride and Identity

The India walk was a very different experience than that of the UK in many ways, though overall it

had the same effect of engaging communities in something they had never experienced before, and

in all cases there was a huge sense of pride in taking part in Silk River and the fact that a

delegation of foreigners chose to visit and interact these little known places meant a great deal. As

in the UK, the opportunity for all participants to come together at the finale, created a sense of a

collective identity. It has also led to an intention to follow up this initiative. In West Bengal we feel

the journey has just begun.

Heritage: There was a very strong connection made in Azimganj through MHDS and in particular the

Dhodoria family. We made a strong link to the Heritage sector, with international ICOMOS

delegates from all over the world. This continued as we visited families in their palaces and estates

at Cossimbazaar, Balakhana and Krishnanagar. It was great to have such a personal connection, we

all learnt a great deal about the history from a different perspective than we would have on a

more official tour. It has opened up a dialogue for a potential Silk River Tour for future visitors.


Artists Along the way we met and interacted with a range of artisans and artists, appreciating the

role of crafts in Bengali society, the talent and the potential for harnessing it and future


Schools. The presentations from schools were of a very high standard, and it was brilliant that in

most cases we were able to offer them gifts that had been created by UK schools and we have

been able to make connections now that could be followed up.

Total participants in the India school projects were

estimated to be 670 children during and before the

December Indian walks, along with their staff and teachers.

It was a new experience for Think Arts to work with students outside Kolkata and they were amazed

at the effort that the teachers and students put in, to gather stories and information about the river,

their town and their heritage. Ultimately Think Arts are certain that a large number of the students

are now looking at their very own towns with more pride than they did before.

Closing Ceremony Victoria Memorial

Thanks to Dr. Jayanta Sengupta of Victoria Memorial

Hall, a spectacular closing ceremony on 16 Dec

brought the project to a very strong conclusion.

It was a beautiful end to the international celebration

of culture that is Silk River.

It was attended by:

Sir Dominic Asquith, High Commissioner

Bruce Bucknell, Dep. High Commissioner

Alan Gemmell, Director of British Council India

Debanjan Chakraborti, East India Director BC and

Amit Mitra, Finance Minister, West Bengal Govt.

Closing Ceremony, Victoria Memorial Hall, Dec 16 th


The closing ceremony highlighted the significance of Silk River and has led to exciting discussions to

develop legacy projects, both in the UK and India.

“[Silk River] brings together the silk, design, colour, people to make the silk, to come up with the

designs, to work together, and it also brings together what actually happens in the communities that

these banners represent…It’s been thrilling to have all these people over from Britain and to actually

stir up and bring you this idea of making places and bringing intangibles, what makes communities,

what makes a place.” British Deputy High Commissioner Kolkata, Bruce Bucknell



These are the things we are asking as the Silk River 2017 project ends:

• Can we create a Silk River network from which we can build a legacy for the communities

along both rivers?

• How do we harness the potential of creating a refreshed demand for Murshidabad silk, and

create new products made by local crafts people that can sell in global markets

empowering local communities?

• Can this model have an impact on the way communities feel about their place? Do they

perceive themselves to be part of a wider landscape? Will the city take note of their

contribution and their assets?

• Is this a replicable international model? Can it be applied as a tool for artists to connect with

communities in the process of transition and regeneration?

• How can we encourage the partnerships to grow?

Project Legacy

Following the successful completion of the project, there have been a number of strategic meetings

with key partners examining potential and appetite for legacy activity. This has led to a proposed

series of follow up projects that would fit within the wider context of a Memorandum of

Understanding between WB Govt and British Council East India (which includes arts showcasing,

exchange of artists and personnel, cultural skills, heritage and conservation). The Silk River legacy

programme would be an important pillar of this and goes some way to addressing the questions


Legacy Projects India

Silk River Festival for October 2108, in development, to coincide with Durga Puja, which

could make Silk River an Experience Bengal offer for international tourists and academic

visitors and researchers.

Silk River Scrolls to feature in a Durga Puja Pandal designed by Abin Chaudhuri in 2018.

Silk River Book and Exhibition Jan 2019, in discussion with Emami Arts.

• Artistic exchange opportunities to the UK. Opportunities have been identified to link

Chandannagar lighting artists with the Barking and Dagenham Glow Festival. Other

opportunities include sending Bengali artists to be part of the Totally Thames festival

programme or to be present at the Southend Exhibition.

Legacy Projects UK

• Proposed exhibition River Sutra a preview of the Durga Puja Pandal, a showcase for

Murshidabad silk and a range of West Bengal crafts. Currently in development.

• Artists Opportunities Kinetika will train 10 Silk River artists on upcoming projects, with the

aim to identify 2 additional lead artists and provide further work.

• Processions 15 ‘Silk River Women’ have been invited by Kinetika to contribute to this

project, which is a nationwide initiative by Artichoke about celebrating women and female

suffrage. 5 banners will be created, celebrating women from along the Thames Estuary.

Silk River exhibition in Southend March 2018.

• Chelsea Flower Show in May 2018, Silk River scrolls could be part of the Indian Garden

commissioned by British Council India.



Live: 63.7K

Estimated number of live audience at all events: 63771

Online, print and broadcast: 149.9m

The online, print and broadcast audience, inc press coverage, breaks down as follows:


Audience (not live)

Online news, other websites & blogs, not social media 129,620,949

Print (newspaper coverage) 13,315,068

Exposure through other people's Social Media 6,308,032

Silk River Twitter 'Impressions' 325,722

Silk River Facebook 'Reach' 158,534

Other exposure eg Radio interviews 120,000

Silk River website visitors 60,192

Instagram 'Impressions' 13,501

Youtube views 3,991

Soundcloud 'listens' 416

Total 149,926,405

Website Audience

The Silk River website proved popular, with over 60k visitors and an average 2.8 page impressions

per session. Most of the audience appeared to be in the UK (41.5%), with a surprising 16.5% from

the USA and 9.5% from India. The most popular pages were the home page, the UK and India

walk pages and, rather wonderfully, the page that contains Les Morgan’s video interview.

Social Media Audience

Our social media audience had a higher percentage of women than men, with the exception of

Youtube where the split is 54% male/46% female. There were differences in platform use between

UK and Indian audiences, reflected in the figures in the infographic below. Twitter and Instagram

had a much lower percentage of Indian viewers, but it roughly evens out on Facebook and Youtube.


Key Dates

Date Activity UK Activity India

Oct 6 th 2016 Launch day, UK.

Nov 9 th 2016

Launch Day, India. The Indian Museum.

Nov 10-24 th 2016

Workshops in 10 locations along the


Jan 7-21 st 2017

Textile residency making 10 India Scrolls

hosted by MHDS.

Jan 28/29 th 2017

Indian scrolls presented at Murshidabad

Resurgence Festival

Feb 6-10th 2017 Patachitra Workshops UK



Recce walking routes.

Design workshops UK

June 5-18 th 2017 Textile Residency making 10 UK scrolls.

June 22-26 th 2017

Aug 30 th 2017

Sept 15-24 th 2017

Oct 15 th 2017

Oct 22-27 th 2017

Dec 6-16th 2017

Dec 19-31 st 2017

March 2-31 st 2018

Scroll workshops with 7 Thurrock


Launch Event London with Totally


Walking Festival UK

15 Sept Kew Gardens

16 Sept Tower Hamlets

17 Sept Greenwich

18 Sept Barking

19 Sept Purfleet

20 Sept Dartford

21 Sept Gravesend

22 Sept Tilbury

23 Sept East Tilbury

24 Sept Southend

Diwali Celebrations Trafalgar Square

Exhibition of all silk scrolls at Kew


Exhibition of all silk scrolls at Beecroft

Gallery, Southend.

Walking Festival India

7 Dec Murshidabad

8 Dec Krishnanagar

9 Dec Chandannagar

10 Dec Barrackpore/Serampore

11 Dec Tagore’s House/Kurmatouli

12 Dec Bowbazaar

13 Dec Howrah

14 Dec Kidderpore

15 Dec Batanagar

16 Dec Botanical Gardens / Victoria

Memorial Finale

Exhibition of all silk scrolls at Victoria

Memorial Hall


People & Partners

A huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to make this project a success; all the funders, artists, partners, schools, volunteers,

walk leaders, link walkers and walkers as well as the boat companies and venues. We couldn’t have done it without you! Full Credits

are here:

Project Team UK, Kinetika

Ali Pretty, Artistic Director

Jacci Todd, Associate Designer

Gordon Parker,walk designer, interviewer

Elizabeth Lynch, Researcher & Interviewer

Mark Forrest, Graphic Design

Jo Beal, Project Manager

Jane Ford, Project Co-ordinator Outreach

Location Partners UK

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew

Visitor Learning Team Kew working with:

Creative People and Places, Hounslow

Watermans Arts Centre.

Tower Hamlets A’Team Arts

Geraldine Bone (Creative Director)

Dr Canan Salih (Dramaturg)

Sarbjit Natt (Textiles Design)

Jessica Green (Production)

Working with:

19 Princelet Street Museum of Immigration

St Anne’s, Limehouse

St Matthias Community Centre

Museum of London Docklands

UAL Central Saint Martins

Royal Borough of Greenwich and Woolwich

Sam Lahai-Taylor working with:

The Woolwich Singers

Greenwich Coalition for Equality and Human

Rights (GCEHR)

The Cutty Sark, Royal Museums Greenwich

Creative Barking and Dagenham

Sophie Merriman working with:

Studio 3 Arts

Friends of Greatfields Park

St Margarets Church

Rivergate Centre

Barking Riverside Limited

Nigel Sagar, London Borough Barking and


Barking Enterprise Centres

Sue Bramley Centre

Scott Sullivan, Fundraiser

Mike Johnston, photography & film

Kevin Rushby, Travel Journalist

Steve Shaw, Dir Silk River documentary

Lee Scott, Web Developer

Edwina Rigby, Marketing Director

Purfleet Kinetika

Ali Pretty and Mike Ostler

Working with:

Acme Artists’ Studios

Royal Opera House Construction workshop

Royal Opera House Costume Department

Royal Opera House Trailblazers

South Essex College

RSPB Rainham Marshes

The Back Stage Centre

St Stephens Community Trust

High House Community Group

Purfleet Community Hub

Heritage and Military Centre

Dartford Borough Council

Lewis Kirnon working with:

Dartford Town Centre Partnership

Cohesion Plus

Same Sky

The What if Gallery

The Dartford Arts Network

Gravesham Borough Council, Kent County


Anita Tysoe working with:

Port of London Authority

Woodville Theatre

Gravesham Art Salon

The Gr@nd

LV21 Light Vessel 21

Shane Solanki artist and poet

Guru Nanak Darbar Gudwara

Kent Equality Cohesion Council

Ebbsfleet United Football Club

Key Partners UK

Thames Festival Trust

Bath Spa University

London Long Distance Walkers Association


St Andrews Arts Centre

Rethink Mental Illness (Kent Sahayak Services)

Gravesham Arts

No Walls Garden

St Botolphs Church

The Rock Choir

Cohesion Plus

Northfleet Big Local

Tilbury Riverside Project

Annie O’Brien and Mike Ostler

Working with:

Port of London Authority

London International Cruise Terminal

Tilbury Fort English Heritage

Tilbury Hub

Coalhouse Fort

East Tilbury Bata Heritage Centre

Mike Tarbard working with:

The Complete Commedia Company

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council

Sidney Patrick, Michaela Freeman

Working with:

The Hindu Association of Southend & District

The Mudlarks Choir

The Old Leigh Studios

Leigh Fishing Community


UK Walk Leaders

Gordon Parker

Peter Aylmer

Peter Woodard

Mike Ostler

Mike Tarbard

Joan Bullivant

Ollie Golding

Link Walkers

Aysen Bekir

Melissa Butcher

Artists and participants that created the UK scrolls:

Kinetika Artists

Ali Pretty

Jacci Todd

Jane Ford

Margaret Hall

Jo Beal

Donna Plakhtienko

Leslie Robinson

Mike Johnston

Gordon Parker

Sarah Moorcroft


Aysha Khan

Saif Osmani

Lucy Thurley

Halima Khanom

Marie Nassir

Tower Hamlets

Geraldine Bone

Sarbjit Natt

Canan Salih

Piero d’Angelo

Lucrezia Levanti

Nowshin Prenon

Berni Yates

Maria Cuji

Bushra Hussain

Sindy Nguyen

Emily Juteau

Barking and


Susanna Wallis

Saira Awan

Kerry Griffith

Johnny Paterson


Jim Albert

Sophie Merriman

Wumi Oyewole

Jimmy Lee

Khushnood Ahmed

Shanzay Ahmed

Aariz Ahmed

Stuart Hitchcock

Lexie Hitchcock

Greenwich and


Fabiola Retamozo

Jessica Poon

Sonia Thapa

Pete Colley

Neil Cook

Jeff Golland

Joelle Guérin

Paul Lawrence

Cathy Phillips

Mr Thapa

Ms Thapa (daughter)


Ruth Howard

Kate Withstanley

Tanya Outen

Kemi Adeyemi-Wilson

Nicola Vaughan

Anne Graves

Christine Collins

Yvonne Clarkson


Kirsty Gaunt

Catherine Mayors

Liz Howe

Sonnia Margarita

Pam Childs

Bouchira Photay

Wafa Obeid

Paivi Seppala

Carol Gosal

Sukhbir Bassan

Parmjit Rossan

Kidir Sand

Chris Mack

Colin Saunders

Lonica Vanclay

Dave Williams

Amerdeep Hunjan

Elizabeth Straupmanis

Emil Straupmanis


Lisa Meehan

Doreen Scarlett

Gary Scarlett

Jamie Scarlett

1 x child Scarlett

Uzezi Odjohu

7 x Brownies

Christine Rowles

Purfleet RoH Bridge


Molly Boughtwood

Victoria Gooding

Rachel Nash


Susanna Wildon


Sara Hayes

Steven Lawes

Anne White

Rebecca White

Rebekah Wallace

Tilbury Pioneer

Allison Axten

8 x Tilbury Pioneer


East Tilbury

Jackie Creasey

Emily Moon

Lizzie Challis

11 pupils from Harris

Academy Chafford



Damien Robinson

Lee Moon

Sidney Patrick

Walter Reid

Tina Holmes

Jilly Reid

Nina Chavda

Manji Solanki

Anju Lund


Violette Dooley



Project Team India, Think Arts

Ruchira Das - Project Director, India

Korak Ghosh - Artistic Director, India

Isha Daga - Marketing Director, India

India Production Team

Ashish Adhikary

Babu Singh

Payel Ghoshal

Prateek Bagi

Shaunak Sur

Key Partners India

British Council

Dr. Debanjan Chakrabarti

Shonali Ganguli

Jennifer Crook

Dominic Hastings

Crafts Council of West Bengal

Ruby Palchoudhuri

Shikha Mukherjee

Location Partners & individuals India



Sandip Nowlakha

Darshan Dudhoria

Sidharth Dudhoria

Sangeeta Dudhoria

Don Bosco school, Azimganj


Ashis Bagchi

Krishnanagar Academy


Anthony Khatchaturian

Participating Artists in Silk River Walk

Arranged by Banglanatak:

Bangla Qawwali -Akkas Fakir, Arman

Fakir, Babu Fakir, Gopen Debnath, Tushar

Mondal and Irak Khan

Raibenshe artists Kajal Biswas, Sujan

Bagdi, Sumanta Bhalla, Akash Bagdi

Songs of the river Pranesh Som,

Nilatpal Bhattacharjee, Sandip Gangully

Baul/Fakir Subhadra Sharma, Babu


Puppetry Ranjan Roy

Clay Doll Artists Satyajit Paul, Biswa


Tamali Bhattacharya - Admin support

Priyanka Chatterjee, Storyteller, school


Tushar Bhattachary

Rex Anthony

Riju Mahali

Bablu Bagdi

Tuin Dey

Rural Crafts & Cultural Hubs of


Amitava Bhattacharya

Ananya Bhattacharya

Sayantani Roychowdhury

Sreya Sarker

Soham Mukherjee


Neline Mondal

Ganges Gurukul school


Future Hope,

Barrackpore Technical Skills Centre


Sourendro Mallick &

Soumoyojit Mallick, Marble Palace

Patachitra Artists Manimala Chitrakar,

Mohiuddin Chitrakar (Mohim)

Wooden Doll Artists Nitai Sutradhar,

Rakhi Sutradhar

Sabai Artists Bharati Dutta, Suchand


Madur Artist Gurupada Mana and

Usha Shau

Ashish Bagchi daaker shaaj’ and shola


Ashish Choudhury- Painter

Sanjay Sarkar & Gurni Artists Association

Swarna Chitrakar, Associate Designer

Monu Chitrakar, Songwriter

Asim Mondal

Ananya Sen

Basudev Namata

Megha Roy Chatterjee

Department of Tourism, Govt. of West


Victoria Memorial Hall &

The Ministry of Culture, India

Special Thanks to:

Sujata Sen

Nandita Palchoudhuri

Dr. Jayanta Sengupta &

Sayan Bhattacharya Indian Museum


DPS Howrah


Rangan Datta

Bidya Bharati Mominpur


Papia Sarkar

Batanagar High School

Botanic Gardens

Dr. M.U. Sharief

Babu Pal Lighting Artist Chandannagar

‘Mrityunjoy’ play by Shilpi Mon

Written by Sulogna Chakraborty ,

Directed by Gopal Bhattacharya Music

Sourav Saha. Organised by Tushar


Indian Classical Music by Archie

Bhattacharjee, Anupam Pramanik, Krisna


Hattie Crane Future Hope Volunteer


Artists and participants that created the Indian scrolls:

Kinetika Artists

Nurjahan Chitrakar

Ali Pretty

Swarna Chitrakar

Jacqueline Todd

Jane Ford

Margaret Hall

Patachitra Artists

Ananda Chitrakar

Baki Chitrakar

Bithika Chitrakar

Haru Chitrakar

Jaba Chitrakar

Jamela Chitrakar



Mohiuddin Chitrakar

Monimala Chitrakar

Mousumi Chitrakar

Batik artists

Pallab Das

Kaushik Singh

Rakhahari Bagdi

Susanta Banerjee

Clay Doll Makers

Panchu Bag

Jyotsna Bag

Kantha Stitching


Tajkira Begum

Papia Begum

Sara painting artists

Sunil Kumar Pal

Malati Pal

Future Hope

Basudev Namata

Mongal Hembrom

Suraj Das

Surjit Mayera




Asim Mondal

Asish Chowdhury





Devdutta Banerjee

Kamal Das

Manali Das

Priyanka Das

Rakhsha Chauhan

Sumpi Sarkar

Susanta Banerjee

Suvam Das

Uttara Joardar



Students from SRFTI

Abhijit Sarthi

Abhilash KG

Abhishikta Kaila

Akash Sethi

Enosh Olivera

Joydeep Bhowmick

Jyoti Ranjan Rath

Kalesh Laxman

Krishnakanth Bohra

Neethu Mohandas

Pallav Mitra

Princy Pal

Shubarun Sengupta

Siddarth Raj

Sourav Saha

Subhajit Ghosh

Swahilian Samanta



Neline Mondal


For further information on Silk River, to discuss

legacy opportunities or to find out more about

Kinetika’s work contact:



Project Website:

Tel: +44 (0) 1708 202 846

Address: 119 Artists’ Studios,

High House Production Park,

Artisan Way, Purfleet,

RM19 1AS, UK

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