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E from hlf 2020

Could attend only day 2 of Hyd literature festival 2020 . Lavish buffet for thought…. Paromita , Saba Dewan -new perspectives. Remembering Nabaneeta Dev Sen . Bahar dutt , kalpana Sharma – Rewilding and the need for environmental journalism in the era of bushfires, Delhi smog and massive climate changes. Although , people in urban spaces are also slowly speaking up, there is need for more voices changes for environmental preservation. Paromita and Usha Raman – New digital era – freedoms gained but landscapes lost. We have LOST THE LANGUAGE OF FEELINGS. The blanket of morality…. Is marriage an outdated concept? Stepping beyond binaries into fluidity. Experientiality is most important today ,as shared experiences create lived wisdom. A healthy relationship is not a preset, it should be personalized. Freedom to live his , her or their own life,is its own education. The difficult experiences educate one about what he or she they want in life. Theyyam and kodiyattam – Margi Madhu, Ingu G and Indu Chinta- art as worship , artist as devotee. Landmarks such as schools -memories – tangible heritage. Art forms and cultural traditions are intangible heritages . The kodiyattam artist, Margi Madhu said that practicing for 10 years only made him mimic his guru. He needs 25 years to think, reimagine and develop his own style. Such a dedication is difficult to sustain in contemporary society, where patient audiences are needed to sit through a 2,3 or more hours of performance. Theyyam is not a dance – it is purely ritual – a visual spectacle . The word “Theyyam ” is derived from “daivam ” – God. It refers to both the art and the artist . It is an act of worship, where spectators are more like devotees. Learning is by instruction and imitation. It is a visual spectacle , with ornate hairdressing and face drawing . There are 30 basic patterns which are mixed and matched to create 600 designs. The artist is a mirror in kodiyattam. An optional history of Indian women- Saba Dewan and Paromita Vohra. What is “acceptable” womanhood ? What is “acceptable” creative expression ? Women always set themselves up to impossible ideals, and are constantly in this betwixt and between about wanting to be and should be. Women continue to be defined vis a vis their relationships with men. A woman has a right to be unapologetically herself, without being a flag bearer of anything (i did it or i am this way because i like it , not because so and so happened to me). In an epic the story never ends, it’s ending is only a beginning. Humanising plants is a way of saving them – Nirupa rao -plants of western ghats

Workshops

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Trilogie de chocolat @ Carte blanche

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Foraging for antiques

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Luvv this kitschy scoot

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workshop @Nimhans b’lore

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pondy airport

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gelateria montecatini

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workshop @Pondy

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auroville

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ma pondy cherie

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vintage indian maps

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surguru near manakula vinayaka temple

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jayanagar bangalore

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promenade pondy

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Temple tree wilson , B’lore

Ipsocon ,13th to 15th october

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hanu reddy , poes garden

After drooling over gorgeous macaroon pics for eons….finally had my first bite at concu on a break to hyd….. ..  the  macs were amazing, but the same can’t be said for the cheesecake . why go to laduree paris… when one can have amazing macs at india…

Ancips paper – 9th jan 2015

Political Mother - Hofesh Schecter

Today – Political mother – By  Hofesh Schecter company – Where there is pressure , there is folk dance  ! – harmonious chaos or chaotic harmony ?? Innovative , the dance and music blend into each other  , the moves are emotive and energetic .Overall definitely worth it for the innovative mix of lighting-music-dance , but prefer watching contemporary  ballet ( waiting for a good cb troupe to tour  India…..)

August 24 – the DCH play @MPTF 2014, was more of like “Om Shanti Om”  song in that Farah Khan filck …… less of  theatre,  more of theatre personalities ,   but kudos to the trio for showcasing contemporary / budding  hyderabadi theatre /culture  ( courtesy , open cultural places like Lamakaan , the GZ and AF)

P.S:- ‘Tis been a week of discovering new sounds – thanks to OD @twitter for introducing me to the amazing Gillian welch – country music speaks to the soul

Also , ‘ THE BLACKLIST episodes have some really fab OSTs………….(but worth watchin’ for one-man show- “the Spader” – never disappoints. )

 

poster presentation @   scarf   

 

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Hyderabad Literary Festival 2014 – January 26, 2014 11:30 am Sunday  Creative writing workshop , Madhu Kaza …… just write – Zen @ LMK – loved it…..looking forward to another work shop by Kaza

13-Mar-2014  Women’s Poetry: Poetry Readings Curated By S.Swami  @ GZ, wanna go nxt yr too

29th march 2014 – Flea market – @ the first Twin City Theater and Cultural Festival  @ Roots

June 07, 2014  Saturday – Dramanon -“A Four Letter word”.Play @ LMK – Ganesh- vulnerable , R.Ghosh – slips into characters , Saurabh amazing !……..song at the end of the “blind blanch ” , nash – sunshine- moved ……..  lifted my low spirits

Macbeth – Nishumbita

Greed and treachery – The Hindu.

With Samurai-ish costumes and Tai chi like graceful dance with the sword , was regaled with some excellent delivery of Shakespearean gems by the actors, especially the ones playing Macbeth  , Lady Mac , Duncan …..looking forward to more plays by Nishumbita.

A scene from William Shakespeare's Macbeth staged by Nishumbita. Photo: G. Ramakrishna

Coco’s lunch and The Prophet

17th November 2013 –  mom’s b’day  – took her to the dance ballet which she enjoyed too, differed from my usual single outings…, Prophet –  profound  – self reflective , apt in India – are people drawn to the prophet by the serenity of countenance or is his/her countenance of  serenity a mask to gain followers /disciples /ulterior motives ????  I dance no more on a stage , ‘coz the world is my stage now and the rhythms of the nature are  my dance beats ……….. deep dialogue ,accompanied by an amazing narrative voice ……… impressed by the artistic /talented duo – srikanth -savitha.

24th Nov  2013 -Could not attend Plaistow , but Coco’s lunch (24th Nov) more than made up for it – reminded me of all the wonderful carribean (and soothing bolivian ) mixtapes dad brought from London  , shared with him by  trainees from Africa ….. when I was a kid …………but amazing , the way the band fused Carnatic with Western …..and the Afro beats – out of this world ……….foot starts tapping to the beat –  “involuntary rhythmic movements ” ….too much of neurology hangover……Go NovFest !….

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Food at this makaan

Food at this makaan – The Hindu.

Reading this sent me into a reminiscent mode……LM and ofcourse Nishrinkala (q-m-play). Though famous for the samosas , loved the Nimboo Pani – quenching the parched throat after rehearsing ( shouting ) the lines umpteen times with your partner . The essential ingredient was V mam , who made this experience ( first and last for amateurs like myself ) , a worthwhile ride …..Thank you mam .

(P.S  just noticed the THE paani was mentioned in the article too …..totally  worth it )