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EQUAL – A Theatre and Arts Festival

April 6, 2017

EQUAL – A Theatre and Arts Festival

Today, world over, public culture has become increasingly more intolerant, and therefore, women are more vulnerable now than ever before. White certain social spaces celebrate women as being on par with men, others treat them brutally and violently, pushing the lives of women into silence. This does not remain just the problem of women. Viewed through the tens of gender, we see that such violence has a crippling effect on women and an equally dehumanising impact on men.

In the performing arts, this hierarchy based on gender is not absent as women and men are fixed in stereotypes. Even performance texts are gendered. Invariably, these ideas percolate into the socio-cuttural fabric of society thereby setting ‘definite’ expectations, constructing predetermined gender roles.

In various forums across the world, there is an attempt to see how we can imagine afresh a world where men and women can break out of the prison-house of rigid and sanctioned identities to become ‘new’ men and women to reclaim our shared humanity. Ranga Shankara’s biennial fest EQUAL will be a part of this journey.

The first day is focused on the construct and power of gender stereotypes, especially in the context of the performing arts, which shape and are shaped by their socio-cultural milieu. EQUAL has identified two further domains that have prevented us from realising the dream of an equal world. One is the sphere of economics where women’s productive work is less valued than men’s. So our focus on Day 2 is Women at Work! The last day presents a rainbow range of expressions of alternative genders and sexualities.

EQUAL envisions a new world where we, with a sense of urgency, not only raise questions about this unequal world, interrogate and examine it, but also celebrate small victories, and hope to coin a new idiom of togetherness.

Schedule of EQUAL - A Theatre and Arts Festival at Ranga Shankara, Bengaluru

Schedule – April 7
Imagining an Equal World
2:00 Arundhati Nag : Festival Overview
2:10 Vasanth Kannabiran : Inaugural address – Imagining an Equal World
3:15 KV Akshara and Dr. Madhuri Dixit : The Journey of Women in Indian Theatre — Days of Impersonation to Today
4:45 Vaidehi and Banu Mushtaq on Women and Literature : In conversation with Rajendra Chenni
6:00 Vidya Hegde performs Vaidehi’s Goodinallondu Hakki Director : KV Akshara
7:30 PLAY OF THE DAY Chitrapata Ramayana
Yakshagana, 90mins
Director: Sanjeeva Suvarna
Yakshagana Kendra, Udupi
9:15 Mehfil : Shabnam Virmani presents Heli Mhaari : Woman’s Voice in mystic poetry
* * *

Schedule – April 8
Women at Work
12:00 Film : Here the Seats are Vacant (Iran) | Dir: Shiva Sanjari
2:00 Kiran Moghe and Vimala KS : Women’s Movement — has it moved beyond activism?
3:00 Testimonial : R Prathibha, President, Garment and Textile Workers’ Union
3:15 Dr. Vijaya Ila : Narrating a Life — in conversation with Asha Devi.
4:00 Testimonial : Sanghamitra Iyengar on her work with sex workers through Samraksha
4:45 Maya Krishna Rao talks about the making of The Walk ; Followed by the performance.
6:00 Prasanna : Rural Empowerment through the Charaka Movement
6:45 Theatre Songs : B Jayashri
The Licence
English, 90mins
Director: Neelam Mansingh Chowdhry
Based on short stories by Saadat Hasan Manto and Bertold Brecht
Troupe: The Company, Chandigarh
9:15 Mehfil
* * *

Schedule – April 9
Aren’t We All One
11:00 Film : Harikatha Prasanga (India) | Dir: Ananya Kasaravalli
Followed by a discussion with the director
2:00 Vasudhendra and Sunil Mohan : Expressions — The Rainbow Spectrum
3:15 Sumathi Murthy – Gender Hues
4:45 Film : Calalai In-Betweenness (Indonesia) | Dir: Kiki Febriyanti
5:30 Poetry Performances Anga Sukha Linga Sukha (Physical /Metaphysical)
Curated by Prathibha Nandakumar.
Poets: Mamta Sagar, Arathi HN, Chandini Gagana, Shilok Mukkati and Prathibha Nandakumar
English , 90mins
Director: Veenapani Chawla
Troupe: Adishakti, Puducherry
9:15 Mehfil : Mana & Co.
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Tickets available at Ranga Shankara box office also online on Bookmyshow
Ranga Shankara accepts payments through paytm / Debit and Credit card also.
7th, 8th and 9th April 2017

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

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