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L-R Amit Chaudhuri, Stray Factory & NH7 - Contemporary Dance Troupe
L to R: Amit Chaudhuri, Stray Factory and NH7 — contemporary dance troupe.


Date: Tuesday, 10 September, 2013

Venue: Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai

Time: Registration begins at 8:30 pm; programme begins at 9:00 pm

Join acclaimed author, academic and musician Amit Chaudhuri in conversation with award winning author Namita Devidayal, for a discussion around the development of the innovative audio-visual programme. Chaudhuri will elaborate on the creative journey that has led him to combine the traditional elements of literary, musical and visual arts into a multi-sensory fusion.

"A Moment of Mishearing", a recipient of the Arts Council of England award, includes a full concert with a mixed-media musical essay that marries Indian music with the blues, jazz, and Western pop classics. The narrative will weave in the story of Chaudhuri's music project, which was born when he began to "mishear" the raga in blues and classical music.

Amit Chaudhuri is "one of the leading writers of his generation" (The Guardian). His broad range of literary works have won major awards in the UK, U.S. and India, including the Commonwealth Writers Prize, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize and the Sahitya Akademi Prize. In 2013, he was awarded the first Infosys Prize for the Humanities for his outstanding contribution to Literary Studies. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, Professor of Contemporary Literature at the University of East Anglia and a former judge of the Man Booker International Prize.

Namita Devidayal is a well known journalist, author and trained classical singer. She wrote the highly acclaimed memoir The Music Room, which won the Crossword Book Award and was also named an Outlook Book of the Year. Devidayal also wrote the bestselling novel Aftertaste. She is a consulting editor with The Times of India and co-curates the annual ToI Literary Carnival. She is an alumnus of Princeton University.



Date: Wednesday, 11 September, 2013

Venue: Experimental Theatre, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point, Mumbai

Time: Registration begins at 6:30pm; programme begins at 7:00 pm

Join entertainment collaborative Stray Factory for a showcase of four award-winning short plays.

Stray Factory is an entertainment collaborative which focuses on performance art and dabbles in film and video production. The group includes a network of actors, writers, artists and musicians. The biggest focus of the collaborative is to perform original content and to go "Glo-cal" — to travel globally with local content. Over the past three years Stray Factory has performed over 20 pieces in more than 30 venues across five countries.

The programme will showcase four short plays:

An original musical piece about the state of politics in the country today.

My name is Cine-Ma
Young Cine-ma loves celluloid a little more than she should. Traditional art forms such as Silambattam and Mridangam are used in a more contemporary setting.

Lost Audition
A minimalist comedy on the impact of geo-politics on entertainment.

P. James for President
A look into the life of a magician, and how he has the dreams of an ordinary man… "I have a dream… I want to be president".



Date: Thursday, 12 September, 2013

Venue: Experimental Theatre, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point, Mumbai

Time: Registration begins at 6:30 pm; programme begins at 7:00 pm

Join Deepak Kurki & the NH7 troupe for a contemporary dance performance.

NH7 is dedicated to promoting movement arts, performance, music and design by engaging in art experiments, training and performance.

The contemporary dance work is strongly driven by the new phenomenon of immigration of the rural population to urban spaces in search of a "better life". The piece depicts the intricate, confused, rapid urbanisation in which the dancers vividly capture the mad need to build, demolish and re-imagine the city. This performance won the Prakriti Excellence in Contemporary Dance Award in 2012.

Deepak Kurki is a choreographer and contemporary dancer from Bangalore who has been engaged in artistic work as a performer, creator and teacher since the year 2000. He has trained and worked with dance companies such as Attakkalari in India, Bodhi Project in Austria, Danshuisstationzuid in the Netherlands and Hausgemacht in Germany. Kurki is a Co-Founder of The KHA Foundation.


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This programme is an AsiaLens feature in association with The Park's New Festival (Edition VII)

The Park's New Festival initiated by the Prakriti Foundation, presents the many voices of interest that make up the diverse culture of India. The festival showcases the cutting edge in contemporary performing and visual arts, by artists from around the world and is one of several theatrical festivals organised by the Prakriti Foundation annually. Since its inception it has grown in scale and reach and will travel to six cities across India.


Event Details

Tue 10 Sep 2013 - Thu 12 Sep 2013

Tuesday, 10 September, 2013 - Blue Frog, Mathuradas Mill Compound, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai

Wednesday, 11 September, 2013 - Experimental Theatre, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point, Mumbai

Thursday, 12 September, 2013 - Experimental Theatre, NCPA Marg, Nariman Point, Mumbai

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LIMITED FREE PASSES AVAILABLE; priority for Asia Society Members

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