Ten-second takeaway

Bringing together women performing artistes from around the world, Tantidhatri Festival’s lineup includes performances, workshops and talks.

Women power

A platform to explore the role of women performing artistes and their struggles, the Tantidhatri International Women’s Performing Arts Festival was created by Baul folk singer and storyteller from West Bengal, Parvathy Baul. Returning four years after its first edition, the five-day event will have women performers from different genres like theatre, music, dance, visual arts and even spirituality and rituals. Apart from Indian artistes like Shabnam Virmani (documentary filmmaker), Revathy (dancer, actress and director) and Parvathy Baul, look out for performers like Julia Varley from Denmark (who is part of the Magdalena Project, an international network of women in contemporary theatre), Sin Cha Hong (dancer, choreographer and vocalist from Korea), Anandavalli (Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi dancer currently based in Australia), Gilla Cremer (German actress) and Tina Milo (Canadian performing artiste).

Shows, and more

While there are solo shows, concerts and theatre acts to watch, make sure you don’t miss the Theyyam performance (includes male performers), a ritual form from Kerala which blends martial arts, dance and theatre along with the use of fire. The festival has a series of talks and workshops (only 20 seats available) over the five days (titled Experiencing the Process), which will involve artistes sharing their experiences and giving the participants an immersive setting while covering different aspects of performance like movement, dance and poise. Also, expect demonstrations which are a combination of performances and interactions.

Where: Performances at Ranga Shankara, 36/2, 8th Cross Road, JP Nagar, 2nd Phase; Workshops at Kappana Angala, 32A Ma, 5th Cross St, TMC Layout, 1st Phase, Jayanagar and Shoonya Centre for Art & Somatic Practices, 4th Floor, Rear Wing, Brahmananda Court, 37, Lal Bagh Main Road

When: Wednesday February 17 to Sunday, February 21

Contact:  tantidhatrifestival@gmail.com

Price: INR 200 for each show, INR 3000 for workshops over five days

Register for the workshops here.

Check out their website here for the complete schedule and tickets for the shows.

Find the event on Facebook here.

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