India Foundation for the Arts
invites you to
The Goddess and Her Lieutenant
A presentation of research on the Poothan Thira ritual performance in North Kerala
by Sarita Sundar
Sunday, February 25, 2018 | 06:30 PM | Studio Safdar
2254/2A Shadi Khampur, New Ranjit Nagar, New Delhi - 110 008
Join us for a presentation on the ritual performance, the Poothan Thira of the Mannan community of North Kerala and the import of the community's present-day assertiveness, by Sarita Sundar on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at 06:30 PM at Studio Safdar, New Delhi.
The Poothan Thira is traditionally performed during Velas or Poorams—festivals associated with temples, which also act as contact zones where cultures meet and clash. The performance ritual is believed to cleanse and purify villages and towns of evil spirits. The performers dress up as Poothan, the lieutenant of Shiva, and Thira, the goddess Kali. Based on conversations with community members, artists and spectators, Sarita will discuss the creation of biographies of ten objects related to this form, within the larger context of museums and understandings of heritage, knowledge, and cultural agency in India.
Sarita Sundar is a Graphic Artist and Researcher and is presently involved in research and writing on heritage, popular and visual culture and design theory.
This grant, under the Arts Research programme at India Foundation for the Arts, and the grant showcase received support from Titan Company Limited.
Studio Safdar is an independent, non-funded space for the arts and activism. It was established in 2012 by India's preeminent street theatre group, Jana Natya Manch. It is dedicated to creating an alternative and affordable space in Delhi for staging and experimenting with the arts. It supports activism that explores the multiple intersections of communities and politics.
Directions to Studio Safdar
Please note that parking is difficult for Studio Safdar. If you are driving, parking is available at Shadipur Metro Station, or, in front of Satyam cinema.
Metro station and line: Shadipur Station on the BLUE line.
Landmark: Shadipur Metro - Satyam cinema - Cycle rickshaw to 'Biyaasi number' - May Day Bookstore & Cafe, next to Rahmat Medical Store.