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Why I do what I do

This website will give you a glimpse into my work as an artist,  community builder and activist. I have been negotiating the world through the lens of a creative entrepreneur for the last two decades. It's been a wonderful journey with a lot of learning and collaborating with people I deeply respect.
In the coming years, I believe that creative thinkers will be crucial to document, stitch, hold and present the world. We are at the very edge of collapse on one side, and of a future that can spin out into unimaginable wonders on the other. I believe we can get to the happier side by working together!

Visual Art

Time Out | 08.2012: City Art – Bangalore Body, Visual Poems

Time Out | 03.2012: Akhila Seetharaman says Wall Done of the Urban Avant-Garde collaboration with Malleswaram Accessibility Project

The Hindu | 05.03.12: Harshini Vakkalanka urges people to Love Thy Neighbourhood while describing the street art efforts at Malleswaram

Live Mint | 28.02.12: Archana Thiyagarajan suggest that we Go Take a Bus

Live Mint | 27.02.2012: Pavithra Jayaraman talks of artists and residents Reclaiming Malleswaram

The Hindu | 26.02.12: The paper reports how Art and Culture Put the Spotlight on Malleswaram’s Issues

Citizen Matters | 02.03.12: Poornima Dasharati of Citizen Matters Reports on Malleswaram Moves! and Bringing Back Cycles to the neighbourhood

India Today |9.07.10 About Archana’s multiple careers and how she navigates through them all
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British Council’s Guide to Visual Artists Archana’s Profile featured in their select Visual Artists list
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Goethe Institut, Bangalore | 01.01.10 Archana’s recollections on her association with Goethe Institut
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Cultural Entrepreneurs | 7.12.09 About Archana as a Cultural Entrepreneur
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Time Out Bangalore | 1.12.09 About Archana’s work as a video performance artist
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Jet Lite In-flight Magazine A feature on Archana’s work as a visual artist

Community Art

Times of India | January 2013: Tomorrow’s Leaders

The Hindu | 11.12.12: The Art’s on the Wall

Time Out | 31.08.12Local Heroes

Time Out | 19.9.11: Akhila Seetharaman writes in about Jaaga Media Center & Saythu’s Neighbourhood Diaries project

Deccan Chronicle | 19.9.11: A quick cover of the Whitefield Neighbourhood Diaries project by the newsdesk

Bangalore Mirror | 11.09.11: Jayanthi Madhukar writes in aboutSaythu’s Jaaga Media Center’s Neighbourhood Diaries project launched in Whitefield

Citizen Matters | 07.09.11: Jaaga Media Center’s initiative with Saythu to document neighbourhood stories is covered.

Kunsthart About alternative art practices in Bangalore and Archana’s contribution to it
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Citizen Matters | 24.02.10 Archana speaks on BBMP’s Wall Project with Citizen Matters
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The Satellite Magazine | 08.12: Sarah Wessler features Jaaga and its projects

The Financial Times | 11. 05.12: Shoba Narayan writes about the connection between the Bangalore art and tech scenes

Wired | 30. 01.12: Bruce Sterling announces the new Jaaga as a great hackerspace in Bangalore

Business Standard | 11.09.11: Indulekha Aravind writes about Jaaga’s new avatar

Verve | June 2011 Issue: Parmesh Sahani talks about the power of the collective and thows the spotlight on Jaaga

India Today | 28.06.11: Ayesha Aleem picks out ten spaces in Bangalore that are fostering the art scene – yep Jaaga is on that list :)

Pool | 15.01.11: Ria Rajan writes about Jaaga in the Pool magazines’ design focused issue.

Wall Street Journal | 25.04.10 Margot Cohen writes about the Edge to Bangalore’s art scene

Economic Times | 11.03.10 Jaaga is mentioned in an article titled – “Indian contemporary art: Young artists lay new foundations”

Designwala | 6.2.10 Ria Rajan talks about Jaaga

My Bangalore | 23/1/2010 A feature about Jaaga and Archana’s contribution towards that
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DNA Bangalore | 9.1.10 About Jaaga, and Archana’s contribution towards it
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TimeOut | 20th August 2009 Jaideep Sen talks about 3 great new community initiatives in Bangalore city – Yep Jaaga is one of them