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Tantidhatri International Women’s Performing Arts Festival 2016

Tantidhatri International Women’s Performing Arts Festival 2016

Tanti’ in ancient Pali language is imagined as a thread going
beyond time and ‘Dhatri’ is the woman who holds it.

In the language of performing arts, this thread can have various meanings. It could be lineage, generations, teacher-student relationships, independent auto-didactic realities, the practice of workshops and training, traditional schooling in performing arts all over the world, the passing on of a craft through family connections or apprenticeship, or the absence of references. In this context, it also symbolises how performing knowledge and practice is transmitted from one generation to the other.

​Tantidhatri is a festival of women performing arts practitioners from across the world. It aims to give a voice to the concerns of women performing artists with a special emphasis on socio-cultural issues and to promote the role of women in traditional art forms and spiritual traditions. Founded by Parvathy Baul, the festival encourages women to examine their role in the future of theatre and performance, by presenting their work, sharing methodologies, examining form as well as content and venturing into new collaborative projects.

This year, the festival will feature performances by Julia Varley(Denmark), Sandra Pasini (Denmark), Tina Milo (Canada) , Vandana Shiva (India), Shabnam Virmani (India), Parvathy Baul (India), Sincha Hong (Korea) amongst others.

Wednesday 17th February 2016
10:00am – 1:00pm | Inner Circle | Ranga Shankara
3:00pm – 3:50pm | Working with Voice Geddy Aniksdal | Kapanna Auditorium
4:00pm – 4:50pm | Musicalisation of the Character | Tina Milo | Kapanna Auditorium
5:00pm – 5:50pm | Theatre-based Activism | Dijana Milosevic | Kapanna Auditorium
6:45pm – 7:15pm | Inaugural Ceremony | Performance by Dimple B. Shah | Ranga Shankara
7:30pm – 8:30pm | Rudrayogini | Parvathy Baul, Ustad Bahauddin Dagar | Ranga Shankara
9:00pm – 10:00pm | Theyyam| Lakshmanan Peruvannan and Group| Theyyam Ground

Thursday 18th February 2016
10:00am – 11:15am | Theyyam Process and Dance Movements | Theyyam | Kapanna Auditorium
11:30am – 12:45pm | Workshop | Carolina Pizarro | Kapanna Auditorium
3:00pm – 6:00pm | Artists’ Journeys and Dance Movements | Anandavalli, Narelle Benjamin | Kapanna Auditorium
7:30pm – 8:30pm | Ave Maria | Julia Varley | Ranga Shankara
9:00pm – 10:00pm | Colour Your Heart| Sandra Pasini | Ranga Shankara

Friday 19th February 2016
10:00am – 11:15am | Lecture Demonstration of Dhrupad | Pelva Naik | Kapanna Auditorium
11:30am – 12:45pm | Working with Voice | Julia Varley | Kapanna Auditorium
3:00pm – 3:50pm | Experiencing Dance Movements | Sin Cha Hong | Kapanna Auditorium
4:00pm – 4:50pm | Working with Voice | Sandra Pasini | Kapanna Auditorium
5:00pm – 5:50pm | Workshop | Arundhati Nag | Kapanna Auditorium
7:30pm – 8:30pm | The Village | Tina Milo, Dijana Milosevic| Ranga Shankara
9:00pm – 10:00pm | Madhav Baug | Revathi | Ranga Shankara

Saturday 20th February 2016
10:00am – 1:00pm | Interactions with Social Change | Kamla Bhasin, Khushi Kabir | Shoonya
3:00pm – 6:00pm | Interactions with Social Change | Vandana Shiva, A. Revathi | Shoonya
7:30pm – 8:30pm | 7 Songs of the Refugee | Geddy Aniksdal | Ranga Shankara
9:00pm – 10:00pm | Who Am I?| Sin Cha Hong | Ranga Shankara

Sunday 21st February 2016
10:00am – 11:15am | Interactions with Performing Arts: The Flying Carpet | Julia Varley | Shoonya
11:30am – 12:45pm | Interactions with Performing Arts: Call of the Flute | Shabnam Virmani | Shoonya
2:00pm – 3:15pm | Interactions with Performing Arts: Amagaki to Shibugaki, geography of a training | Carolina Pizarro | Shoonya
3:30pm – 4:45pm | Interactions with Performing Arts: We Have A Situation | Helen Varley Jamieson | Shoonya
7:30pm – 9:00pm | SeasideGilla Cremer | Ranga Shankara
9:30pm – 10:30pm | Kaal | Anandavalli, Parvathy Baul, Narelle Benjamin | Ranga Shankara

17th, 18th, 19th February | Kappana Angala, J.P Nagar
20th and 21st February| Shoonya, Lalbagh Road (Ticketed. Open to the public)


Performances | 17th- 21st |Rangashankara, J.P. Nagar

Tickets are priced at Rs. 200/-
and will be available at Ranga Shankara
also available online on bookmyshow:

The second edition of the festival Tantidhatri International Women’s Performing Arts Festival 2016
17th and 21st February 2016

Ranga Shankara
36/2, 8th Cross,
(Next to J P Nagar Post Office)
2nd Phase, JP Nagar,
Bangalore 560 078.

Directions to the Venue:
Featuring performances and workshops, the festival will be spread across three venues in the city

Dialogue of Identities – 2016 | Women’s International Art Exhibition at Bengaluru

Dialogue of Identities – 2016
Women’s International Art Exhibition


Curated Renuka Kesaramadu

In the Dialogue of Identities, an identity refers to the uniqueness and ownness that each artist is bringing to the field of art, and is serving to the viewers. In this exhibition different artists have expressed their feelings in their own different ways.

Curators’ note
renuka kesaramaduHere in this exhibition we are sixteen artists, nine from abroad and seven from India. “Dialogue of Identities” was a title I used when four women artists exhibited at the Jehangir art gallery, Mumbai in 2014. Now in 2016 we are sixteen artists. Every artist in the exhibition practices her own style of paintings. Here to the viewers the artists seem to be having a dialogue with each other in one place. Viewers can enjoy the feelings of artists through their paintings. Art has a global language; anyone can understand any artist’s works throughout the world through their technique, expression, style, form, space and colors.

With each other’s co-operation we have participated in several shows in different countries, and along with other Indian artists I am enabling the same in Bangalore. In this exhibition artists, art lovers and art students can see and study original paintings. This also helps to think about and manage growth and practice of our art at a global level. Cultural exchanges are always paving the way for globalization.

I personally did not have an intention to hold an exhibition separately for women. However, my contacts with women artists and their co-operation automatically shaped this as a women’s art exhibition.

Art Introductions

Antonella Proto Guirleo (Italy) – through her beautifully folded drapery textures made with locally available fabrics and other materials;
Balea Maria (Romania) – reading out her diary in her own lines and tones;
Bhavani GS (Karnataka)– nature’s tremendous power and beauty shown in minute elements;
Carmen Poenaru (Romania) – celebrating the joy of life through color and technique;
Cristina Ciobanu (Romania) – enjoying her fluent use of lines and colors;
Dorothea Flies (Germany) – showing contrast of colors in her bold abstract forms;
Geetha Kekobad (Gujrat) – touching on the softness of human relationship with other creatures around;
Karolla Teschler (Germany)– capturing beautiful people holding and carrying solid sun through silver and gold-colored papers;
Manjula Dubey (Maharashtra) – reflecting upon the beautiful mirror of life;
Nirmala Kumari CS (Karnataka) – expressing the power and pains of women;
Patricia Goodrich (USA) – generating curiosity with her poetic shapes and textures;
Pirjo Heino (Finland) – depicting the tonal effects of nature;
Premavathi V Hiremath (Karnataka) – showing endless mixing of earth and sky;
Rupa Mahesh (Karnataka) – depicting the abstract forms of nature;
Renuka Kesaramadu (Karnataka) – expresses the melodies of life through her flower series; also, after she visited Mount Vesuvius in Italy, she felt the Goddess Earth burning inside herself, and the burning sensation is showing through her eyes in the artist’s sculpture;
Varda Breger (Israel) – depicting the contrasting voices of joy and pain of birds and animals;

Women’s International Art Exhibition
on view from
16th to 21st February 2016 | 11:00 AM to 7:30 PM

Gallery 1 and 2
Karnataka #ChitrakalaParishath
#Art Complex,
Kumara Krupa Road,
Near Shivananda Circle,
Kumara Park East
Bengaluru-560 001.

Directions to the Venue :

Mandra – Kannada Play

Kannada Play

Playwright: Korgi Shankar Narayan Upadhyaya
Director: Dr.B.V.Rajaram

Mandra a musicians Arohana and Avarohana
based on the novel by Dr.S.L.Bhyrappa

Mandra - Kannada Play based on novel by Dr.S.L.Bhyrappa by Kalagangotri at Ranga Shankara, BengaluruTickets available at Ranga Shankara box office.
also online on Bookmyshow:

Tuesday | 16th February 2016 | 7:30pm

Ranga Shankara
36/2, 8th Cross,
(Next to J P Nagar Post Office)
2nd Phase, JP Nagar,
Bangalore 560 078.

Directions to the Venue:

‘Tea Garden Journal and other Drawings’ Exhibition by Somnath Hore

Tea Garden Journal and other Drawings Exhibition by Somnath Hore organized by NGMA Bengaluru and Seagull Foundation for the Arts, Kolkata

‘Tea Garden Journal and other Drawings’ Exhibition by Somnath Hore

Presented by
NGMA Bengaluru,
in collaboration with
The Seagull Foundation for the Arts, Kolkata,

Inauguration on Tuesday, 16th February 2016 at 6.00 pm. The exhibition will be on view till 20th March 2016.

National Gallery of Modern Art,
Manikyavelu Mansion
49, Palace Road,
Bangalore 560 052.

Avanu Ghazal Avalu Shayari – Kannada Romantic Comedy Play

Avanu Ghazal Avalu Shayari

Kannada Romantic Comedy Play

Playwright: N C Mahesh
Director: Vinay Shastri

Avanu Ghazal Avalu Shayari - Kannada Romantic Comedy Play by VASP

Set in the early 80’s. This play is all about Kannada Shayaris, where the protagonist falls in love with a person of similar interest. The play is in a poetic nature and gives a pleasant feeling to one and all. The play was awarded the second best play in the recently concluded Rangashree State level competition along with Overall Best Actress, Overall Best Lighting and Overall Best Director award.

Tickets Available online on FilmySphere with a discount of 10%:

Avanu Ghazal Avalu Shayari
Sunday | 14th February 2016 | 7:30pm

K H Kalasoudha,
Ramanjaneya Temple Compound,
Hanumantha Nagar,
Bangalore – 560019.

Soundarya Jayachandran – Live in Concert.

Soundarya Jayachandran – Live in Concert

Catch up with Soundarya Jayachandran, a singer-songwriter from Bangalore. Soundarya, a solo blues and pop-rock artist, has just come out with her album “Shades of Revival”. Watch live performance of Soundarya Jayachandran with her beautiful voice.

Soundarya JayachandranBorn from the likes of Soul, Pop, Classical and Ambient music, 21 year old Soundarya Jayachandran’s music can be associated with bluesy rock, pop and soul. With an 8 year training in Carnatic music, 6 grades in Guitar and a professional Certificate in vocal performance from A.R.Rahman’s school of music, this musician says she found it easier to relate to western music. Having been writing and composing her own music since the age of 15,she was discovered by Geoffrey Thomas; the founder of Amaranta Entertainment, which happens to be a company that promotes original talent, found her November of 2012 and offered to help her do exactly that when he offered her the opportunity to grow as and independent artist and record a 5 song EP called “Shades Of Revival” that came out May 2013 and is now up for sale on iTunes and other online stores worldwide. She was also a finalist in India’s first english singing reality show called “The Stage” on VH1 and Colors Infinity along with names in the industry such as Vishal Dadlani, Ehsaan Noraani, Monica Dogr, Devraj Senyal and Shibani Dande

Band Members
Soundarya Jayachandran – Vocals
Pharez Edwards – Guitars
Conrad Simmons – Bass
Vivin Kuruvilla – Keyboards
Hudstin Fernandez – Drums

Sunday | 14th February 2016 | 6PM onwards

Phoenix Marketcity,
Whitfield Main Road,

Entry is free

Unplugged Sunday feat. Ken and Ab

Unplugged Sunday feat. Ken and Ab at Hard Rock Cafe

Gone are the days when one used to groan about the painful end of Sundays. Hard Rock Cafe brings “Unplugged Sundays” only for Bengalureans. The best way to beat the impending Monday blues is by indulging in an entertaining Sunday evening with a live performance by fun Pop bands, performing covers and happy songs. This Sunday, ‘Ken and Ab’ to keep you high on the music on “Unplugged Sunday” night.

Kenishaa Francis and Abhijit GuptaKenishaa Francis and Abhijit Gupta come together into a unique musical combination with Kenishaa the female vocal and Abhijit the male vocal. Ken and Ab, both being beautifully talented singers and performers have also been finalists on many shows like ‘The Stage and ‘MTV GAGA’. Both of them come together cultivating a genre-blending mix from Jazz to Pop music, they celebrate their love and passion for music through their ecstatic promising performance.

Vikram Varma, AVP- Marketing for JSM Corporation, said: “Hard Rock Cafe has served the legendary dining experience with a history of rock ‘n’ roll. We have gained popularity over the years with music as one of our USPs and are delighted to offer our guest the perfect way to end their weekend. Unplugged Sundays is the best way to unwind on a Sunday with live happy pop dance music and special offers on beverage. We have the ‘Ken and Ab’ ensuring our celebration of Valentine’s Day making it even more special by playing this Unplugged Sunday Night. There is so much to look forward to.”

Hard Rock International
With a total of 209 venues in 67 countries, including 161 cafes, 23 hotels and 11 casinos, Hard Rock International (HRI) is one of the most globally recognized companies. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world’s greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. HRI owns the global trademark for all Hard Rock brands. The company owns, operates and franchises Cafes in iconic cities including London, New York, San Francisco, Sydney and Dubai. HRI also owns, licenses and/or manages hotel/casino properties worldwide. Destinations include the company’s two most successful Hotel and Casino properties in Tampa and Hollywood, Fl., both owned and operated by HRI parent company The Seminole Tribe of Florida, as well as other exciting locations including Bali, Chicago, Cancun, Ibiza, Las Vegas, Macau and San Diego. Upcoming new Hard Rock Cafe locations include San Juan, Reykjavik and Gran Canaria, Spain. New Hard Rock Hotel projects include Atlanta, Berlin, Daytona Beach, Dubai, Los Cabos, Tenerife, Abu Dhabi, and Shenzhen and Haikou in China.

Unplugged Sunday
14th February 2016 | 7:30pm

Hard Rock Cafe,
St. Marks Road,


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