We have curated several festivals, in collaboration with other organizations and venues in the city.
In 2019, we curated ‘Equal’ Rangashankara’s bi-annual festival. The festival was a call to remember and experience different forms of resilience through a feminine lens that is interdependent, fluid, dynamic, attentive and expressive. An acknowledgment of the feminine, is not simply to categorise oppression, but to confront the patriarch that exists within us. The festival looks at the masculine and feminine, operational in different degrees, across history and memory through panel discussions, a visual exhibition, and performances.
In 2017 we curated ‘Tantidhatri’ in collaboration with Rangashankara and Parvathy Baul. Tantidhatri was a festival of women performing arts practitioners from across the world. It aimed 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 encouraged 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.
Curated in collaboration with the Alternative Law Forum, ‘Nirankusha’ emerged as a collective response to the rising threat to the freedom of speech and expression in the country. The festival was curated in collaboration with ‘Alternative Law Forum’. The intent of the festival is to create a space for fearless speech and listening through collaborations with artists, activists and academics whose work raises questions around censorship, sedition, free speech and expression, identity and discrimination. In 2014, ‘Nirankusha: Fearless Speak’ foregrounded instances and attempts of negotiation, slippage and elusion, within the works of independent artists and media practitioners. In 2016, Nirankusha: Loud and Clear took place at a time when freedom of speech and expression is under considerable threat. A series of arbitrary crackdowns had taken place on the freedom of expression, by labelling opinions, views and actions as ‘anti-national’. The festival created a space for conversation between different groups, particularly students around issues of censorship, identity, discrimination and free speech.