I welcome the call (in anthropology) for extending the 'sensorium' beyond the written text. It certainly opens up new uncharted territories within the discipline which is both exciting and bewildering. As an anthropologist I am interested in art practices that would be instructive in exploring this new opening. At the intersection of art and anthropology I see new ways of seeing things, doing research, presenting works and teaching. These are traces of my ongoing efforts to explore the possibilities.
I grew up in Manipur, northeastern India. I came to the US in 2008 to join the PhD program at the Department of Anthropology at UT Austin. I have also lived for extended periods in the western highlands of Guatemala, including working as the chef-cum-manager of an Indian restaurant (Casa de la India) run by an indigenous Maya collective in Nebaj, Guatemala. In recent years I have been frequenting Dover-New Philadelphia area, in eastern Ohio, where a large number of the growing Maya population come from Nebaj and surrounding areas of Guatemala. I teach part-time in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology at Eastern Michigan University.