VASUNDHARA: DIALECTS IN DIALOGUE – A COLLABORATIVE CONVERSATION

Music, dance, poetry and art are but different dialects in the language of self expression. These dialects were in conversation and responded to three poems that speak about women’s lives, about choices that she needs to make, about aloneness and belonging, desire and passion, compromise, loss and solidarity.

Music, dance, poetry and art conversed, they reacted, responded and spoke to each other to create a confluence of shared experience that strove to fulfill a desire for communality and fraternity on the 29th and 31st January 2015 at the Integral Space (Lower Parel) and Somaiya Centre for Lifelong Learning (Fort, Mumbai).

Three poems by Anjali Purohit formed the starting point of this conversation – All Said and Done, The Secret and A Prelude to Passion.

These poems were translated into Italian by Nuria Sala Grau and read by her at the Integral Space and by Clara at The Somaiya Centre.

Noted musician and senior exponent of the Gwaloir Gharana, Neela Bhagwat responded through her bandishes in Hindi…Kehena tha who keh diya… , Halki si kehen, Kahan Akelapan and Bhor Bhayi Keheti Maina… .

Italian musician Patrizia Mattioli composed electronic tracks for the three poems respectively.

The Italian dancer Nuria Sala Grau spoke through contemporary dance as she danced to the tracks composed by Patrizia as also to the Hindustani classical bandish compositions sung by Neela Bhagwat.

She also conversed with the three paintings – Time and Tide, Sisters and A Prelude to Passion painted by Anjali Purohit.

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