He’s My Slave: The Body and the Beyond
Introductory Talk and Poetry Reading by Arundhathi Subramaniam
7.00 pm to 7.30 pm
Seeker, poet and festival curator Arundhathi Subramaniam introduces the festival and reflects on the role of the female body in Bhakti poetry. The presentation will be interspersed with readings of poems in translation, celebrating an extraordinary literary legacy that radically extends and redefines our understanding of the erotic and the existential.
Bareheaded, I Walk the Bazaar
by “beej”: Shruthi Vishwanath (vocal), Hitesh Dhutia (guitar), Vinayak Netke (tabla) and Sanjukta Wagh (dance)
Sacred Music Concert with Improvisational Dance
7.30 pm to 8.30 pm
A powerful and stirring musical tribute by sacred vocalist Shruthi Vishwanath and musicians, Hitesh Dhutia and Vinayak Netke, to the poetry of great women mystics, this music, and dance theatre premiere invoke a range of poets, from the female varkaris of Maharashtra to the Tamil poet Andal and Buddhist nun Bhadda Kundalakesha. Kathak and contemporary dancer Sanjukta Wagh weaves her way in and out of this performance in an improvisational dialogue with the music. Drawing its title from the startlingly audacious verse of Janabai, this production is a magical weave of the sonic and the spatial.
An NCPA Presentation
Late entry will not be permitted.