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Speakers & Performers

Singer, Composer, Music director, Actor and Graphic designer
Movement Artist
Folk & Tribal Historian
Kamsale Artists
Playwright, Poet & Add'l Commissioner of Income Tax, Bangalore
Member, National Disaster Management Authority
Dancer & Curator
Kuchipudi Dancer
Head of Resource Mobilisation & Outreach, IFA
Storyteller & Educator
Classical Dancer & Lawyer
Musician
Folk Musician
Civic Evangelist
Whole Time Director, Brigade Enterprises Ltd
Theatre Practitioner
Theatre Practitioner
Joint Secretary, Bangalore Apartments' Federation & Citizen Activist

Date & Time

Sat, 20 Feb 2021 Sun, 21 Feb 2021

Location

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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Contact

+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

65 artisan stalls from all over the country, spanning over a variety of crafts will be exhibiting in the building from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm

In collaboration with A Hundred Hands, Beyond Carlton, Samajamukhi & Masoom Parmar

        

Scheduled Events

Saturday, 20 February

TimeEventVenue
10:00 am – 8:00 pmThe Handmade CollectiveAll Floors
11: 30 amBharatanatyam performance by Priyanka ChandrasekharAuditorium
12:00 noonHand Building with ClayGround Floor
12:30 pmReimagining the Arts: A panel discussion with Diya Naidu, Bindhu Malini, Menaka Rodriguez moderated by Masoom Parmar

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Auditorium
3:00 pmGardening: Kitchen GardenBack Garden
4:00 pmGardening: For KidsBack Garden
5:00 pmBlock printing for KidsGround Floor
5:00 pmTalk on Lutherie by Vinoo MatthewSecond Floor
5:00 pmFolk Songs by Rajappa KolarAmphitheatre
6:00 pmThe Present & Future of Folk Arts in Karnataka: A panel discussion with Srinivas Kappanna, H C Boralingaiah, Shashidhar Bharighat moderated by Jayaram Raipura

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Auditorium
6:00 pmStage FrightAmphitheatre
7:00 pmSarjapur Blues BandAmphitheatre

Sunday, 21 February

TimeEventVenue
10:00 am – 8:00 pmThe Handmade CollectiveAll Floors
11:00 amMasterclass: Mughal PaintingFirst Floor
11: 30 amKuchipudi Recital by Meenakshi AishwaryaAuditorium
12:00 noonLeather Puppet lamp paintingGround Floor
12:00 noonHand building with ClayFirst Floor
2:00 pmMughal Block Printing DemonstrationGround Floor
3:00 pm – 5:00 pmDoll Making WorkshopSecond Floor
4:00 pmBlock Printing for KidsGround Floor
5:00 pmTalk on Natural DyeGround Floor
5:00 pmKamsale songs & Beesu Kamsale performance by Hebbani Lingaiah & teamAmphitheatre
6:00 pmMusic by Upesh & ZubairAmphitheatre
6:00 pm – 8:00pmConversations on Fire Safety and a Musical Tribute | Beyond Carlton

Speakers: Kamal Kishore, Member NDMA; Ravichandar, Civic Evengelist; Roshin Mathew, Brigade Enterprises Ltd; Vidya Goggi, Citizen Activist

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Speakers & Performers

Bindhu Malini

Singer, Composer, Music director, Actor and Graphic designer

Bindhu Malini Narayanaswamy is an Indian singer, composer, graphic designer. Bindhu has training in both Carnatic and Hindustani classical forms but has constantly strived to explore avenues outside of her strict classical roots to other forms and traditions in search of the pure soul stirring power that music has. This has given form to a more easy yet confident personal style for her as a performer. Suno Bhai is her first music album created in collaboration with Vedanth Bharadwaj. She directed music for feature and documentary films such as Harikatha Prasanaga, Nathicharami, Conversations at the Kumbh, Surey Number Zero and Coral Woman. She and Vedanth co-directed music for Aruvi- a tamil film. Apart from “The Threshold”, Bindhumalini is part of other collaborations like Khusrau ke rang, Akath Kahani and Saath-Saath.

Diya Naidu

Movement Artist

Diya Naidu is a dancer, facilitator and choreographer. Her movement training includes ISTD Jazz Ballet, Matt Mattox Jazz Technique, Martial Art training, Yoga, Body Conditioning and Contemporary Dance techniques . She has also trained in Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Contact work, Improvisation and Basic ballet. Her contemporary expression is influenced by all of the above. She is interested in both intensely physical and challenging approaches to learning and practicing dance, as well as in engaging with movement and the body from a somatic and organic point of exploration and self-discovery. She interned with The Danceworx , New Delhi for three years, after which she was a repertory member and teacher with Rythmosaic ( a Kolkata based Kathak and Jazz company). In 2006 she became a student at The Attakkalari Centre For Movement Arts, Bangalore and received her Diploma in Movement Arts and Mixed Media. She was a member of Attakkalari’s repertory company form 2007 to 2014, dancing in several full length productions that were performed all over India as well as Internationally. She was an active member of the educational outreach project, teaching both community and schools. In 2009, she began to make independent choreography and has presented in festivals in India and abroad. She holds a degree in English Literature from Delhi University.

HC Boralingaiah

Folk & Tribal Historian

Prof H C Boralingaiah, Former Vice chancellor of Hampi University, is a well known authority on folk and tribal history and has written numerous books on the subject and received many awards. His published books include Ujjani Chowdamma, A Study of a Village Deity; Dasappa-Jogappa, A Study of two folk customs; Girijana Nadige Payana, A Travelogue on Tribal areas of Western Ghats; Siddiyara Samskrithi, A study of Siddi Tribe and their culture among several others.

Hebbani Lingaiah & Team

Kamsale Artists

The folk form of Kamsale is native to Southern Karnataka regions of Mysore, Mandya, Chamarajanagara, Bangalore and their surrounding villages and is dedicated to the diety Mahadeshwara Swamy.

The art form of Kamsale is a way of life for the community of performers who practice and perform it, not only as a spiritual rite but also as a form of entertainment. It is therefore passed on from generation to generation with in the community.

Hebbani Maadayya is an extraordinary Kamsale performer and has contributed immensely to the folk arts of Karnataka. His nephew, Hebbani Lingaiah was ordained as a Devaragudda – a follower of Lord Mahadeshwara – at the age of 13 and has been performing since then. He received training under his uncle, in the oral traditions of Madeshwara Kavya and performance of Beesukamsale.

Lingaiah has worked to bring note and recognition to the folk form as a performance art and regional dance form, by balancing and bringing the verse and the physical movement vocabulary together.

Lingaiah and his team have traveled all over the world with their performances and also offer training in the folk form of Kamsale.

ಮೈಸೂರು, ಮಂಡ್ಯ,ಚಾಮರಾಜನಗರ, ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಗ್ರಾಮಾಂತರ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯ ಬಹುಭಾಗದಲ್ಲಿ ವ್ಯಾಪಿಸಿರುವ ಕಂಸಾಳೆ ಜಾನಪದ ಕಲೆ ಮಲೇ ಮಹದೇಶ್ವರಸ್ವಾಮಿಗೆ ಅರ್ಪಿತವಾದದ್ದು. ತಮ್ಮ ಬದುಕಿನ ಭಾಗವನ್ನಾಗಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು ಪೋಷಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು ಬರುತ್ತಿರುವ ಜನ ಸಮುದಾಯ ಧಾರ್ಮಿಕ ಉದ್ದೇಶದ ಜೊತೆಗೆ ಮನರಂಜನಾ ಕಲೆಯನ್ನಾಗಿಯೂ ಪೀಳಿಗೆಯಿಂದ ಪೀಳಿಗೆಗೆ ಉಳಿಸಿ ಬೆಳೆಸಿಕೊಂಡು ಬಂದಿದೆ.ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ಜಾನಪದ ಶ್ರೀ ಹೆಬ್ಬಣಿ ಮಾದಯ್ಯ ಒಬ್ಬ ಅಸಾಧಾರಣ ಕಂಸಾಳೆ ಕಲಾವಿದರಾಗಿ ಅಪಾರ ಸೇವೆ ಸಲ್ಲಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಅವರ ತಮ್ಮನ ಮಗ ಹೆಬ್ಬಣಿ ಲಿಂಗಯ್ಯ ತಮ್ಮ 13 ನೇ ವಯಸ್ಸಿನಲ್ಲಿ ದೇವರಗುಡ್ಡ ನಾಗಿ ದೀಕ್ಷೆ ಪಡೆದರು. ನಂತರ ತಮ್ಮ ದೊಡ್ಡಪ್ಪ ಹೆಬ್ಬಣಿ ಮಾದಯ್ಯ ನವರಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾದೇಶ್ವರ ಕಾವ್ಯ, ಬೀಸುಕಂಸಾಳೆ ತರಬೇತಿ ಪಡೆದರು.

ಒಂದು ಪ್ರದರ್ಶಕ ಕಲೆಯಾಗಿ, ವೇದಿಕೆಯ ಕಲೆಯಾಗಿ ಕಂಸಾಳೆ ಗೆ ಜಾಗತಿಕ ಮಹತ್ವ ತಂದುಕೊಟ್ಟವರು ಲಿಂಗಯ್ಯ. ಕಾವ್ಯ ಮತ್ತು ಕುಣಿತವನ್ನು ಹಿತಮಿತವಾಗಿ ಸಮನ್ವಯಗೊಳಿಸಿ ನೃತ್ಯ ಪ್ರಧಾನ ಕಲೆಯನ್ನಾಗಿ ಪರಿವರ್ತನೆಗೊಳಿಸಿ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ, ಅಂತರರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಮಟ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿ ಅಪಾರ ಜನಮನ್ನಣೆ ಗಳಿಸಲು ಕಾರಣರಾದರು. ರಷ್ಯಾ, ಜರ್ಮನಿ, ಅಮೆರಿಕ, ಸಿಂಗಪುರ ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ಭಾರತದ ಅನೇಕ ಅಂತಾರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಜಾನಪದ ಉತ್ಸವಗಳಲ್ಲಿ, ಗಣರಾಜ್ಯೋತ್ಸವ ಪೆರೇಡ್‍ ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ,ಸೂರಜ್ ಕುಂಡ್,ಮೈಸೂರು ದಸರಾ, ಹಂಪೆಉತ್ಸವ,ಜಾನಪದ ಜಾತ್ರೆ ಮುಂತಾದ ಪ್ರತಿಷ್ಠಿತ ಉತ್ಸವಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ತಮ್ಮ ತಂಡದ ಮೂಲಕ ಕಂಸಾಳೆ ಕಲೆಯನ್ನು ಪ್ರದರ್ಶಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಕಂಸಾಳೆ ಕಲೆಯ ತರಬೇತಿದಾರರಾಗಿಯೂ ಹೆಸರು ಗಳಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.

Jayaram Raipura

Playwright, Poet & Add'l Commissioner of Income Tax, Bangalore

Born in Raipura village of Hassan district, Jayaram was educated in Mysore’s Marimallappa School and Maharaja College. During this time he founded a theatre group, ‘NeLalu-BeLaku’ through which he explored his love for literature and community activities. He also wrote and directed plays and made a name for himself as a poet.

He has a masters degree in Politics (International Relations) from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi and an M.Phil with a UGC Fellowship.

In 1992, he joined the Indian Revenue Service and has served in several cities over the years. He is currently Additional Commissioner of Income Tax, Bangalore.

Kamal Kishore

Member, National Disaster Management Authority

Kamal Kishore has worked on disaster risk reduction and recovery issues for over 22 years at the local, national, regional and global levels. Prior to joining the National Disaster Management Authority, he worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for nearly 13 years in New Delhi, Geneva and New York. At UNDP headquarters he led global advocacy campaigns to address disaster risk reduction concerns in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the post-2015 development agenda. As programme advisor, he also led the development of disaster and climate risk management related elements of the UNDP Strategic Plan (2014-17).

Previously,as UNDP’s regional advisor for South and South-West Asia, he supported more than 10 countries on a range of public policy and institutional development issues, while also advising them on the use of appropriate risk reduction tools and methodologies. Kamal Kishore has supported post-disaster recovery through strategic advice, needs assessments, programme development, and coordination after major disasters in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Iran, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines and Sri Lanka.

Prior to UNDP, he served at the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre as Director of Information and Research, and Manager of the Extreme Climate Events Programme covering Indonesia, the Philippines and Vietnam. This was preceded by intensive field experience with The Action Research Unit for Development (TARU) in India where work on post-disaster reconstruction and resettlement after two major disasters – the Uttarkashi and the Latur earthquakesin 1991 and 1993–allowed him to apply his professional skills as an architect.

Kamal Kishore has a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning, Land and Housing Development from the Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok.

Masoom Parmar

Dancer & Curator

Masoom Parmar is a Bangalore based dancer, arts manager and curator. His curatorial work explores the multiplicity and diversity of culture in the Indian subcontinent. He is fascinated by cross-cultural afflictions that have given birth to varied art forms and envisions to bring these from the margins to the centre.

Meenakshi Aishwarya

Kuchipudi Dancer

Meenakshi Aishwarya is a Kuchipudi dancer based in Bangalore. Currently training under Smt. Sreelakshmy Govardhanan and Shri Pasumarthy Rattaiah Sharma. she is a recipient of the CCRT senior scholarship for Kuchipudi from the Ministry of culture, Govt of India. She has also trained in Carnatic music from Guru Shri S.V Ramani. A psychology graduate, her performance has been applauded by critics and connoisseurs alike. Aishwarya is currently pursuing Dance Movement Therapy from Creative Movement Therapy Association Of India (affiliated with UNESCO),

Menaka Rodriguez

Head of Resource Mobilisation & Outreach, IFA

Menaka Rodriguez has Master’s degrees in Archaeology and Indian History from the Deccan College Post Graduate and Research Institute, Pune, India and Arts Administration from the University of New Orleans, United States.

Menaka Rodriguez has close to two decades of experience in marketing, business development and fundraising for a range of arts organisations including museums, arts festivals, art councils and a theatre company in the United States and India. She heads the Resource Mobilisation and Outreach initiatives at India Foundation for the Arts (IFA). She is responsible for the growth strategy of the organisation, along with the Executive Director. She has been instrumental in building and developing the Individual Donors initiative at IFA. With expertise in archaeology, research and strategic planning, she has worked on projects for several cultural institutions including INTACH; Vasanth Seth Memorial Foundation; Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Poland; Society for South Asian Studies, United Kingdom; and Afghan Family Guidance Association (AFGA)

Menaka has served on the Faculty of Archaeology and Museum Studies at Madras Christian College, Chennai. She serves as a Core Team Member, Facilitator and Mentor on a capacity building programme for theatre practitioners called SMART (Strategic Management in the Art of Theatre), and is also a resident mentor on Resource Mobilisation for IDEX Fellowships. Menaka has represented the foundation at diverse forums and panels on the arts, grantmaking, fundraising, and philanthropy.

She was an ARThinkSouthAsia (ATSA) Fellow in 2012-13 and was awarded ‘Fundraiser of the Year’ at the India NGO Awards 2016 instituted by the Resource Alliance, India and Rockefeller Foundation. Menaka had also been a part of ARThinkSouthAsia (ATSA) Train the Trainer programme aimed at creating a cohort of art management trainers in the South Asian region. She was one of the International Participants selected for the Arts Leaders Programme supported by the Australia Council for the Arts for 2017-18.

Her interests include reading, travelling, jazz, sculpture and the performing arts.

Nisha Abdulla

Storyteller & Educator

Nisha Abdulla is a theatremaker, performance storyteller and educator based out of Bangalore. She is the Artistic Director of Qabila, a theatre collective focused on finding a more deeply considered artistic resistance rooted in lived experience, the site of dissent, and the performing body. She also works extensively with the youth on theatre based programs focused on social justice and rights education.

Priyanka Chandrasekhar

Classical Dancer & Lawyer

Priyanka Chandrasekhar is a lawyer by education and professional classical dancer based in Bangalore. She is trained in Bharathanatyam and Kathak for many years and has also learnt the margi techniques of movement. Priyanka has performed extensively in both solo and group formats in India and abroad along with popular dance companies. She is a freelance performer and also undertakes choreography projects. Priyanka conducts personal bharathanatyam classes under the initiative – ‘Nirali’.

Presently, Priyanka is trying explore the pedagogy of classical dance training and designing a new curriculum in classical arts. She is director of Arts at Tenbroeck Academy where she is curating the arts programme for children in education. She is very interested in the politics of the form and its history. She aspires to create a new body of work in Bharathanatyam that accommodates relevant content, a thinking mind, questions, personal stories and has the ability to leave the audiences with an experience.

Raghu Dixit

Musician

Raghupati Dixit is an Indian singer-composer, producer, and film score composer who is the frontman for the Raghu Dixit Project, a multilingual folk music band.

Rajappa Kolar

Folk Musician

Rajappa has worked in the theatre for over 30 years as a singer, actor, organiser, producer, composer and trainer with several amateur and professional theatre companies all over Karnataka. He has been award the K R Lingappa Janapa Prashasti, Zilla KannadaRajyotsava Prashasti, CGK Award among others. He has also served as a member of the Janapada Akademi.

Ravichandar

Civic Evangelist

Ravichandar is a self described Civic evangelist and Patron Saint of Lost Causes. He has over two decades of pro bono involvement in the civic space. He was a member of the Bangalore Agenda Task Force from 2000-2004 when he authored the Self assessment scheme of Property tax. He was one of 4 Bangaloreans who helped catalyse the JN-NURM in 2005. Ravichandar conceived and set up the City Connect platform for business to engage with local government – this was operational in 5 cities. In Bangalore it led to the Tender SURE roads. Lastly, from 2016-2019, Ravichandar was a Member of the 3 member expert committee on restructuring the Bangalore governance and administration. Ravichandar is currently Honorary Director of Bangalore International Centre, an example of a privately enabled space being a public one for the city.

Ravichandar is a Mechanical Engineer from BITS, Pilani and an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad.

Roshin Mathew

Whole Time Director, Brigade Enterprises Ltd

Roshin Mathew holds a degree in B Tech (Civil Engineering), Kerala University and a Master’s in Building Engineering and Management, School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi.

Mr.Mathew has more than 3 decades of diverse experience in the fields of Project Management, Civil Contracting and Real Estate Development. He has been associated with Brigade Group for close to two decades and heading the Engineering function of the Group since 2007.

Shashidhar Bharighat

Theatre Practitioner

A school teacher by profession, Shashidhar is a dedicated theatre activist. One of the key and active members of Samudaya, a renowned theatre troupe, he has written and directed several plays in a glittering theater career spanning three decades. His book ‘Sayuvane Chiranjeevi’, a mono play, received wide critical acclaim. He has served as a member of Karnataka Nataka Academy. He has extensive network with cultural personalities all over Karnataka. Shashidhar is a Trustee and Treasurer of Jagruthi Education Trust.

Sreenivas G Kappanna

Theatre Practitioner

Born in 1948 in Bangalore, Sreenivas G. Kappanna prepared for a life in the theatre while a student at Bangalore’s National College — where he took a B.Sc. — working backstage and doing lighting for productions of the college dramatic society. Girish Karnad’s play Tughlaq was the first major College production (1969) in which he worked as lighting designer, followed by plays directed by B.V. Karanth and C.G. Krishnaswamy.

Since 1972, Kappanna has been working in various capacities with government organizations connected with the theatrical arts, and has simultaneously pursued a vigorous independent career as a stage designer. Since the time C.R. Simha established the company Nataranga, Kappanna as a collaborator has been involved in its numerous productions. He has done lighting in Kannada productions by major directors, such as Che Guevara directed by B.V. Karanth, Moteramana Prasanga directed by M.S. Sathyu, Hoove directed by B. Jayashree, and many plays directed by Simha.

He has himself adapted and directed several plays in Kannada, such as Ella Nan Makkale (1979) adapted from Arthur Miller’s All My Sons, Adhah Patala (1983) adapted from Maxim Gorky’s Lower Depths, and Chikkaveera Rajendra (1985) adapted from Masti Venkatesha Iyengar’s novel. Kappanna has also directed, produced, or acted in a number of television productions, and has acted in Girish Karnad’s National Award- winning film Kadu. He has designed lighting for stage performances by leading dancers too. For his outstanding work in the theatre, Kappanna has been honoured with the Karnataka Nataka Academy Award in 1996, and with the Rajyotsava Award in 1998. Sreenivas Kappanna has also been felicitated with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for his contribution to Indian theatre as a lighting and stage designer.

Vidya Goggi

Joint Secretary, Bangalore Apartments' Federation & Citizen Activist

Vidya Goggi is the official interface for Bangalore Apartments’ Federation with the RERA / KAOA groups, apart from managing the monthly newsletter and being involved in various activities of BAF. All that it takes to ignite the fire in the firebrand, is to tell her about lack of participation in an AGM or apathy of an MC Member (and the person talking to her better not be the one who did not attend the AGM)! She is a Joint Secretary of the BAF Governing Council and is looking to lead the focus group initiative on RERA / KAOA, play the zonal lead for North & Malleshwaram.