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Astad Deboo, (1947 – 2020) passed away on December 10 leaving behind a legion of friends, admirers and collaborators. Madhu Trehan, Sunil Shanbag and Jayachandran Palazhy will share their reminiscences about the dancer, choreographer, the individual and his journey. The panel will be moderated by Chandrika Grover Ralleigh.
In collaboration with Prakriti Foundation
Madhu Trehan is the co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of Newslaundry. A veteran journalist and writer, Trehan was also the founding editor of India Today and founded, produced and anchored Newstrack, India’s first video news magazine. She has authored the book Prism Me a Lie Tell Me A Truth, Tehelka As Metaphor.
Sunil Shanbag is a Mumbai based theatre director, and documentary filmmaker and producer.
His film, Maihar Raag,directed by Arunabh Bhattacherjee, won the National Award for best non-fiction film in 1993. His Aamakaar, The Turtle People, directed by Surabhi Sharma, won the prestigious Ramsar MedWet Award at Ecocinema in Greece in 2004.
His films include a re-telling of the history of the Palanpuri Jain community which dominates the diamond trade in India and Europe, and “Sharing A Dream” which traces 50 years of the history of IIT Kanpur.
He works closely with contemporary dancer Astad Deboo in an ongoing project of visual documentation of his work. He has also created a visual archive in collaboration with ethnomusicologist Dr. Greg Booth of Auckland University, New Zealand, of oral histories of film musicians from Mumbai and Goa.
Jayachandran Palazhy is a changemaker and a visionary leader whose work has impacted the development of contemporary dance in India through many of his strategic interventions and initiatives. Jayachandran is an internationally sought after dancer, choreographer, teacher and the Artistic Director of Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, Bangalore. He has trained in Contemporary Dance, Ballet, Bharatanatyam, Kathakali, Indian folk dance forms, Kalarippayattu, Tai Chi, Capoeira and African Dance forms.
A gifted and innovative choreographer, Jayachandran’s collaborations with international artists have resulted in some very exciting multimedia dance productions such as City Maps, Beyond the Walls for Men, ScannedV, TransAvatar, Purushartha,Chronotopia, MeiDhwani, AadhaaraChakra -a Dancelogue and Bhinna Vinyasa, which have received widespread critical acclaim, and toured extensively within India and internationally. Jayachandran is the Director of South Asia’s largest and most important contemporary dance festival – the ‘Attakkalari India Biennial’, FACETS Choreography Residency and the Incubation Centre for Arts & Media (ICAM). Jayachandran has participated in artistic residencies internationally, presented papers and lecture presentations on subjects related to movement arts, and directed an exhaustive research and documentation project NAGARIKA – an interactive digital information system on Indian physical and performance traditions. Jayachandran is currently spearheading the establishment of a new purpose-built Centre of Innovation in Performing Arts (CIPA) in Bangalore on a 1.65 Acres of land allocated by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA). This is bound to be a game changer for contemporary performing arts in India.
Chandrika Grover Ralleigh
Chandrika Grover Ralleigh is an independent cultural strategist and has a special interest in intercultural exchange and in developing the possibilities for artists’ collaboration in the South Asia region. She was Founding Director of Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council’s first office in Asia from 2006 to 2017 and, with Farooq Chaudhry OBE, is Artistic Co-Director of the next two editions of Prakriti Excellence in Contemporary Dance Awards. She has also served as Advisor to the Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2018.