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Under the Raintree Festival

Parties | english, kannada | 11hrs
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100 per cent curated by women, 100 percent open to all, 100 per cent fun! Under The Raintree women's cultural festival is India's first cross-cultural women's festival. With enthralling dance, music and theatre performances, engaging speaker sessions, film experiences, art displays, story telling sessions and hands-on workshops, it shines the spotlight on women like never before. Bonus - special performances for kids & families!

With 150+ artistes from different parts of the country, across 7 venues, indoor and outdoor, in the heart of Bengaluru. Featuring leading dance troupes led by Madhu Nataraj, Vyjayanthi Kashi, Sharmila Mukerjee, Anuradha Vikranth & more. Theatre by Arundhati Raja, Laxmi Chandrashekar, Rebecca Spurgeon, Bhavana Rajendran, Urvashi Goverdhan and Paramita Guha. Art work by Anjolie Ela Menon, Shan Re, Shantamani M, Rani Rekha, Sumana Choudhury, Romi & more. Literary panels with Nisha Susan, Volga, Jane De Suza, Sandhya Mendonca & more!

All the art at the festival reflects the aspirations of the contemporary woman. The theme of the festival is Culture as a Change Agent, and encourages women to interact and express themselves. Join them in creating history!

Dance Showcase - Over 30 dancers featuring leading Gurus and their students, from Classical to Contemporary. Madhu Nataraj (Kathak), Vyjayanthi Kashi (Kuchipudi), Sharmila Mukherjee (Odissi), Anuradha Vikranth (Bharatanatyam), Attakalari (contemporary) @ Main Auditorium.

Music Showcase - Music showcase Jugalbandi by Jayanthi Kumaresh (veena) & Anupama Bhagwat (sitar), MD Pallavi & Bindu Malini (Original), SubraMania (world music) featuring Bindu Subramaniam (vocals), Ambi Subramaniam (violin), Mohini Dey (bass), Frijo Francis (keyboard), Karthik Mani (drums/percussion) @ Main Auditorium

Theatre Showcase - Double Bill @ Main Auditorium, Ravindra Kalakshetra 1) ON MY OWN - a theatrical presentation of prose and poetry by Rebecca Spurgeon, Bhavana Rajendran, Urvashi Goverdhan & Paramita Guha. Devised & Directed by Arundhati Raja 2) HENNALLAVE! / JUST A WOMAN - solo by Laxmi Chandrashekar, Directed by Soumya Varma

Visit UnderTheRainTreeFestival.com to learn more.

1 .Create - Art Experiential
Activity: Art experiential installation (The Stillness Project). The making of a cell womb with bamboo and cloth will help participants identify their dormant potential energies and utilize them for personal enrichment through an explorative painting activity.
Artist: Anuradha Nalapat is a professional artist and has chosen the visual medium and the written word to explore and delve into the mind for an understanding of the self. *Limited tickets available

2. Deewaru Chittara Folk Art
What you will learn: Chittara is an intricate stylized folk painting practiced by the women of the Deewaru tribal community in Sagara of Shimoga district. Chittara is not just an art but a way of life associated with several rituals and festivals.
Artist: Lakshmi Ramappa is from Siddapura taluk and is a recipient of the Karnataka State Rajyotsava award and Karnataka Lalitkala Academy award.

3. Woodcut Workshop
Activity: Woodcut is one of the oldest techniques of relief printing. In this, the artist carves an image onto the surface of a wood block using specific tools. The participant would be introduced to an understanding of the tools used, technique and learn to handle the block of wood and the method involved in drawing/ transferring of image onto the wood block.
Artist: Urmilla V.G. is a nationally renowned printmaker artist.
(Limited tickets available)

4.You Can Act! Acting Workshop
Activity: Have you always wanted to have a go at acting but thought that you couldn't? Come and find out what it's all about. Learn a few tricks of the trade. No experience is necessary to join, so what are you waiting for? Sign up now!
Artist: Arundhati Raja is the Artistic Director of Jagriti, Co-Founder of the Artistes Repertory Theatre and Curator of the Theatre segment of this Festival.

This event is going to be a wonderful experience.

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