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Artiste

Classical Dancer, Director & Choreographer

Date & Time

Wednesday Wed, 22 May 2024

Location

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bangalore, Karnataka 560071 India

Main Tawaif is a presentation by Manjari Chaturvedi, under The Courtesan Project Series. 15 years in existence, the series is founded and conceptualised by Classical Dancer, Creator of Sufi Kathak, and Restorer of the Dance of Tawaifs, Manjari Chaturvedi. The Courtesan Project has become one of the most successful dance revival movements in today’s time. Giving a voice to the women and 100s of years of creative contribution to theatre, cinema and performing arts.

This performance is an exploration of the gender dynamics within the arts, unveiling the pivotal influence of women performers – the enigmatic Tawaifs and Baijis – of North India from the 16th to the 20th century. The performance is set as an intimate mehfil performance of how the Tawaifs would perform in yesteryears. Their music, their stories, their dance enacted by a single performer.

This is a bold statement that is needed to finally accord respect for the performance art of the Tawaif, to go beyond the drawing room sniggers and laughter associated with the word Tawaif, and to finally acknowledge their role in history.

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Artiste

Manjari Chaturvedi

Classical Dancer, Director & Choreographer

Manjari Chaturvedi has taken the traditional form of Kathak to a different level and has created her own style, her own brand of dance. With over 500 concerts in 25 years in more than 36 countries with 405 musicians, her work is vast, performed at Europe (France, Germany, Portugal, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, U.K. & Ireland, Armenia, Georgia), the Middle East (Dubai, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Kuwait), South East Asia (Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka) and Central Asia (Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan) along with Australia and America.

She is the founder of concept ‘The Courtesan Project’, which has become one of the most successful dance revival movements in today’s time. Giving a voice to the women and 100s years of creative contribution to theatre, cinema and performing arts, the Courtesan Project is recognised, loved and appreciated for its unique storytelling and the highlights the forgotten legends of music and dance.

This project is a medium to draw the attention of the society towards our erstwhile courtesans and how discriminatory practices impacted not only their life but also of their families. Thus, advocating and creating much required space for them as an ‘artist” in the society through cultural activism and social change.