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Under The Raintree Women`s Cultural Festival

Under The Raintree Women`s Cultural Festival

Meetups | English, Kannada, Hindi | 6+
G Chandanabala Kalyan
G Chandanabala Kalyan
Madhu Nataraj Kiran
Madhu Nataraj Kiran
Manasi Prasad
Manasi Prasad
P. Lalitha Kumari (Volga)
P. Lalitha Kumari (Volga)
Ambassador Latha Reddy
Ambassador Latha Reddy
R. Poornima
R. Poornima
Sandhya Mendonca
Sandhya Mendonca
Dr. Shalini Rajneesh, IAS
Dr. Shalini Rajneesh, IAS
Siri Narayan
Siri Narayan
Sneha Kappanna
Sneha Kappanna
Revathy Ashok
Revathy Ashok
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Under The Raintree women’s cultural festival is a colourful celebration of feminine energy & creativity. There are edgy performances, specially curated original headline music & dance acts,  readings, thought provoking discussions on contemporary issues, art installations, stand-up comedy,  award winning short films, concerts, workshops & much more.

Engage, interact and enjoy meeting performers, speakers, change makers, thought leaders, artists, scientists & writers, at the 2nd edition of this unique festival. This multicultural festival is family friendly and open to all genders.  An UN registered partner for sustainable development goals, we strive for gender equality in society, through culture. 

With 150+ artists from across the country, leading dancers such as Madhu Nataraj,   the Natya STEM Dance Kampni, Dr. Anupama Kylash, and musicians across genres such as Chandanabala Kalyan, Manasi Prasad, Siri, Shalini Mohan, Sumana Chandrasekhar, Padmapriya, and artwork by artists from Brazil, Egypt and more! 

No tales of damsels in distress here. The stories are not of victims, but of women who have risen like a phoenix and proclaimed their freedom to the world. We debate solutions, not problems. Join us in creating history!

Visit to learn more. 

All programmes at the venue from 10 am to 6 pm are free, except workshops.  Evening headline programmes in the auditorium are ticketed. 

Some of the exciting events and participants are:

Key Speakers

  • Padma Vibhushan Dr Sonal Mansingh, MP, Rajya Sabha
  • Nicole Girard, Consul General for Canada in Bengaluru

Dance Showcase

  • ‘Celebrating femininity’ - Vilasini Natyam performance by: Dr Anupama Kylash
  • KINETOGRAPHIE: Headline Dance Performance led by Madhu Nataraj. Centred around the female body, this mixed media choreography is a meeting point of body kinetics, mythopoetic interpretations, addressing  women’s issues, advocacy and agency through exciting movement narratives. The production brings together internationally traveled dancers of the STEM Dance Kampni, along with eminent musicians and designers

Music Showcase

  • Under The Raintree band presents Metronome Station: a bold new sound by the brand new, all-women in the headline Music Performance by: Manasi Prasad, vocalist with Siri Narayan, rapper, Shalini Mohan, bass guitarist & vocalist, Padma Priya, keyboardist & Sumana Chandrashekar, ghatam player & vocalist
  • ‘Feminine Phenomenons’ - a multimedia Showcase by Dr Deepti Navaratna
  • ‘Stri Shakti & Bhakti’ - special feature by Chandanabala Kalyan

Short films:

  • ‘Driving with Selvi’:   Set in Karnataka, and directed, produced and filmed by Canada-based Elisa Paloschi has been  hailed as ‘a story that can spark a change in someone’s life’. This multiple award winning documentary on South India’s first woman taxi driver is presented by the Canadian Consulate in Bengaluru

Total running time: 74 mins 

Age recommendation: 

  • ‘If Sita Could’

‘If Sita Could’ is an experimental documentary film originating in Bangalore, India. The film turns the idea of women accessing public spaces for a purpose on its head. Two artists - Padmalatha Ravi and Asha Ponikiewska set out to defy the norms of accessing public spaces. One behind the camera, the other in front of the camera."

“This experimental documentary, ‘If Sita could’, is my way of reclaiming public spaces, says the filmmaker, Padmalatha.

Total running time: 13.40 mins 

  • BAFTA 2019 SHORTS- The BAFTA 2019 Shorts programme includes all the 2019 live action and animation short film nominees. They represent storytelling that reveals the breadth and diversity of British society, together with world class artistic and technical flair, and featuring some of the UK’s finest acting talents. Total running time: 115 mins, For Ages: 15+

A British Council International Touring Programme, in association with the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA)

  • G-AAAH!  Animated Shorts For Young People And Families

This programme of short animated films has been put together with children and families in mind. It was designed in partnership with Into Film, a UK organisation that puts film at the heart of the educational development of children and young people.

Total running time: 65 Mins, For ages 5+

A British Council International Touring Programme In association with INTO FILM


Meditative Art workshop by leading contemporary artist Shan Re

Shan Re leads this workshop using colouring as a form of meditation. You can reshape your thoughts and resolve psychological blocks. It improves your focus, improves your sleep and controls anxiety and boosts your immunity. The complex patterns of the artwork you are coloring can actually induce a semi-hypnotic state while coloring and foster awareness.

Participants learn to practice mindfulness, create awareness about the impact of colours on their minds and discover how colouring helps in self regulation, rehabilitation and emotional well being. Shan will guide you through the simple process of filling her printed artwork with pencils. This workshop is open to all and no prior experience in art is required. 

Self-care: Addressing Body and Mind  

A workshop exploring Dance/Movement and Self-Care

Facilitated by Preethi Rajagopalan & Janavi Ananth, certified Creative Movement Therapy Facilitators and faculty of the Bangalore certification course and Therapeutic Dance-in-Education training program offered by CMTAI. 

Self-care is a priority and necessity - not a luxury. It is fundamental to being effective in everything we do in life.  Self-care can mean living consciously; being mindful of when and how we need to recuperate, knowing the way we are in relationship to self and others. One of the tools that help us to reconnect with self, accelerate our energies or listen to our inner experiences is dance. To dance is to live the moment, to dance is to feel the rhythm, to dance is to experience, to dance is to express, to dance is to reach within and out. And this is a natural process each one is inclined towards. The workshop will use dance and movement therapy as a means to understand what self-care means to each of us, making self-care effortless and fun and finding self-care tools to use in our everyday lives. This workshop is open to all and no prior experience in dance is required. 


  • Journalism: Kalpana Sharma, CG Manjula, Rohini Mohan, Sharda Ugra, Ammu Joseph
  • Literature:   Volga (P. Lalita Kumari), Mamta Sagar

                     Priya Alika Elias, Nisha Susan, Prathibha Nandakumar

  • Leadership: Latha Reddy, Co-Chair, Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace, Dr Shalini Rajneesh, IAS, Revathy Ashok, CEO, B.PAC, Geetha Panda, Head, Novartis, Roopa Moudgil, IPS, Sandhya Mendonca
  • Science Cafe: Dr Shannon Olsson, Chemical Ecologist, NCBS and Dr Srikala Raghavan, inStem
  • Wellness: Dr Sujata Kelkar-Shetty and Seethalakshmi S.

Art Show:

Featuring digital art, installations, paintings & zines by Guerilla Girls, Girija Hariharan,  Pooja Dhingra, Rania Atef, Romicon Revola, Shan Re and Silvana Mendes.

Other happenings:

Dramatised readings, Theatrical presentations, Contest winners presentations, Open mic, Art interventions, Books, Programmes for Children, Stalls & More

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