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Author, Anita Nair, talks about what compels her to write stories and what makes writing about women – their lives, inner worlds, as well as their relationships with men and other women – special.
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.
Anita Nair is the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of the novels The Better Man (1999), Ladies Coupé (2001), Mistress (2005), Lessons in Forgetting (2010), Idris: Keeper of the Light (2014), Alphabet Soup for Lovers (2015) and Eating Wasps (2018). She has also authored a crime series featuring the character Inspector Gowda.
Nair’s other books include a collection of poems titled Malabar Mind (2002), a collection of essays titled Goodnight and God Bless (2008), six books for children, two plays and the screenplay for the movie adaptation of her novel Lessons in Forgetting, which won the National Film Award in 2013. She has also received the Central Sahitya Akademi award, the Crossword Prize, the Rabindranath Tagore Literary prize and Lit O Fest Literary Legend Award. Her books have been translated into over thirty languages around the world. Nair is also the founder of the creative writing and mentorship program Anita’s Attic.
Kamini Sawhney is the director of the Museum of Art & Photograpy (MAP) – an upcoming museum in Bangalore that is currently under construction. With a growing collection of over 18,000 objects, the artworks in the collection cover a whole range of interests and mediums. While the museum’s physical space is being built, MAP is actively reaching out to the community through a variety of programmes and projects, including loans, lectures and workshops. Before becoming MAP’s first director, Sawhney headed the Jehangir Nicholson Art Foundation, the modern and contemporary wing of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (formerly the Prince of Wales Museum). In addition to her role as curator, Kamini played an active part in initiating collaborations and programming at the Museum. She was the Chief Project Coordinator for the landmark exhibition India and The World: A History in Nine Stories, presented in 2017-18 by the CSMVS in collaboration with the British Museum and the National Museum, New Delhi.
Since 2011, she has helped bring to the public realm a series of exhibitions structured around the collection including a special focus on women artists –Voicing a Presence. She was awarded the first Brook Fellowship at the Tate Modern in 2014. She has also been a journalist and television anchor with NDTV where she was bureau chief, Mumbai covering political and cultural events.