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Stories are at the core of human life. Stories we create and share captures the wisdom of our life as individuals and of our ecology. The way wisdom is embedded in stories is through its symbols, structures & semantics. Over thousands of years, there have been evolution and extinction of various stories & its traditions. With every extinction, we not only let go of a form of storytelling but also the way it makes us experience the wisdom of our past & present. One such tradition at the brink of its extinction is Kaavad Katha (‘Katha’ means Story) from Rajasthan, India.
This performance demonstration will give you a glimpse of kaavad storytelling performance, introduce you to the kaavad tradition, share some key principles of kaavad katha and painting based activities to encourage you with creation of your own kaavad styled interconnected tales.
The Rasa – Rasika series attempts to create a biosphere of art, artists, and connoisseur audiences through lecture-demonstrations of Indian traditional art forms. The Kaavad Baithak is the first in that Series.
Akhshay Gandhi is a theatre artist & facilitator. He is a SITI Company (NYC) ambassador, visiting faculty at Lalit Kala Kendra & Drama School Mumbai. He has been artist-in-residence at Gesseneralle, Zurich (with TENT School), Indian Dramaturgy Network (Bangalore) and fellow at BeFanastic Within (in Art & AI).
He has received his theatre training at SITI Company (New York), Odin Theatre Laboratory, (Denmark) and Indian Ensemble (Bangalore).
His work has been performed at prestigious venues & festivals including, Stanford University (California), UCLA, Columbia University (NYC), Odin Teatret (Denmark), Spoken Fest (Mumbai) to name a few.
Some key accomplishments include, a TEDx talk, IATC Conference Paper, Tata Scholar Grant & BITSAA 30u30 award.
He is currently engaged in the creation of ‘Conservatory for arts & artists’, an extension of relief effort #forartistsandarts during the pandemic, to continue to support marginalized artists.
Rohit Bhasi is a Bengaluru based self-taught visual artist.
His practice is an ongoing journey of exploring connections between ancient narratives and contemporary society. His work explores ideas from local belief systems, ancient myths and folk narratives, and how these continue to influence our evolving societies and mindsets – with a thread of humour and playfulness interwoven.
Rohit remains fascinated by the human body and its potential for beauty, creation and destruction. Hence a leaning towards the performing arts and storytelling traditions.
His work can be seen on Instagram under the name ‘Indigoranges’