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As a crystal reflects myriad hues in its facets, the aspects of the feminine are many. In the repertoire of Bharata Natyam the woman is supreme. She personifies countless moods of love. But what are her other stories, mysteries?
The session Aspects of the Feminine is an attempt to look at a crystal as it turns. Revealing in the process multiple facets of the feminine through the language of classical dance.
The Museum of Art & Photography in collaboration with the Bangalore International Centre presents Women in Art & Culture – talks by four Indian women prominent in their respective fields.
The Museum of Art & Photography’s (MAP) mission is to build, manage and sustain a new museum to exhibit, interpret and preserve a growing collection of art and cultural artefacts, motivated by a belief that museums should play a positive role in society. It seeks to bridge art and community and serve as a catalyst for greater public exposure to the important cultural history of the visual arts in the country.
Malavika Sarukkai is a globally acclaimed Indian classical dancer and choreographer specialising in Bharatanatyam. She has contributed a significant and large body of work in solo and group choreographies, making her mark as one who imaginatively reworks tradition. Committed to an internalized creative dance process, her choreographies embody originality, intelligence, mastery of technique and a vitalized movement vocabulary, to inventively relate the world of dance to the world around us.She has performed at many places in India and abroad, including the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and at Chicago.
A firm believer in tradition and change her choreographic interpretations extend the boundaries of Bharatanatyam to reveal the incandescent beauty of the classical language of dance with the energized articulation of a contemporary mind. Her collaborative productions have synergized through dialogues with poets, musicians, painters, art historians and contemporary writers.
Malavika Sarukkai continues to blaze a trail with thought provoking productions in the dance firmament making her one of India’s legendary dancers and living masters whose distinctive and meditative quality of dance continues to impact a generation of dancers and dance enthusiasts.
A 2002 winner of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, she was honoured by the Government of India in 2003 with the Padma Shri. Sarukkai is also a recipient of the Kalaimamani title from the Government of Tamil Nadu and other awards such as Mrinalini Sarabhai Award, Nrityachoodamani title, Sanskriti award and the Haridas Sammelan award.
Indira Brunner Chandrasekhar
Dr. Indira Brunner Chandrasekhar is a scientist, a writer, a literary curator and the founder and principal editor of Out of Print, one of the primary platforms for short fiction bearing a connection to the Indian subcontinent.
Indira has long been involved in literary and artistic spaces that work towards impacting the cultural landscape of cities. She is on the Advisory Committee of the International Music and Arts Society in Bengaluru and is the lead author of a volume in production commemorating the Society’s first forty years. A member of the Development Council of the G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture, Mumbai with which she has been associated from its conceptual beginnings, her current engagements with the centre involve ways to develop how to capture its five initial years, while creating layered meaningful platforms for examining the value of culture in moving forward from the social separation of the current times.
Her involvement in literary curation works at different scales. As curator of literature for the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Mumbai, the country’s largest multi-cultural festival that is free and open to all, Indira designs the nine days of the Festival that takes place in the courtyard garden of the heritage David Sassoon Library for a wide set of city readers by featuring a range of writers and books that span the literary, the popular, the topical and the esoteric. She curated the first Mysuru Literature Festival, launching a new engagement with books and writing in that southern city, and has also been part of organising gatherings such as Bangalore’s Lekhana that are more finely tuned to the literary.
Indira’s primary focus as a writer is prose, although she is sometimes wooed by poets to be part of their exchanges. As a fiction writer, she focuses on the short form, drawing deeply on her scientific experience working with the complex subtleties of biological macromolecules. Her fiction has appeared in anthologies and literary journals across the world, and a collection of her short stories, Polymorphism, was published by HarperCollins.