ABOUT THE PROJECT
Indigo Giant is an innovative interdisciplinary project funded by a UEA QR GCRF UKRI Rapid Response Grant. It aims to confront the traumatic history of indigo cultivation in Bangladesh.
Professor Syed Jamil Ahmed (Dhaka University) has embarked on an epic programme of ethnographic fieldwork exploring the collective memory of indigo cultivation in Bangladesh.
Meanwhile, Professor M.M.R. Jahangir, of Bangladesh Agricultural University, has conducted soil/environmentatl science research, in association with innovative social enterprise Living Blue, asking whether there might in fact be a remarkable environmental and economic benefit in the revival of indigo cultivation in Bangladesh.
The project is led by playwright Ben Musgrave (University of East Anglia), who is developing a new theatre production in conversation with narratives of Indigo Cultivation with legendary theatre director Jatinder Verma, and Komola Collective.
Together, our interdisciplinary project tells a story about the terrible legacy - and perhaps a more hopeful future - of indigo in Bangladesh.