IFA@Mumbai | SAVE THE DATE | February 23 and 24, 2016

We are delighted to bring you two events in Mumbai, on February 23 and February 24, 2016, with an invigorating evening of grantee presentations on two unique artistic endeavours in local communities, and a performance that questions gender in a traditional theatre form.

India Foundation for the Arts
in association with
Project 88
invites you to presentations on
Art in Communities
Tuesday | 07:30 PM | February 23, 2016 | Project 88

Ground Floor, B.M.P. Building, Narayan A Sawant Rd, Azad Nagar, Colaba, Mumbai - 400005
Contact: 022 2281 0066

Join us for an evening of presentations with our grantees and artists, Sumona Chakravarty from theHamdasti Collective, Kolkata, and Shaunak Mahbubani and Rahul Gudipudi from the Klatsch Collective, Bangalore, as they take us through their artistic journeys with communities. The projects, from Bengal and Karnataka respectively, bring together distinct contexts to enable an insightful session on their creative pursuits and community participation, in their local contexts.


Sumona, who heads the Hamdasti collective, will present on their project, Chitpur Local. The project, through diverse activities, from pop-up libraries, examining the idea of 'hawked' stories and archives, to presentations on Chitpur's heritage art forms like printing, jatra and jewellery making has attempted to create a cultural platform for Chitpur, in the current milieu of Kolkata.

Sumona received a grant from IFA, under its Arts Practice programme

Shaunak and Rahul, of the Klatsch Collective, will present on their project Myself Mohan 1909. The project involves a series of multi-disciplinary artistic interventions in the 100-year old Mohan building, in Chikpet, one of the busiest shopping areas of Bangalore. Through engagements with the many narratives of the space, it brought alive the biographical journey of the Mohan building. 

The Klatsch Collective received a grant as part of Project 560, 2015, an IFA initiative, partnered by Citi India



India Foundation for the Arts
in association with
G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture
invites you to a performance of
'Akshayambara': A theatrical exploration of gender in Yakshagana
Duration: 90 min | Language: Kannada with supertitles in English
Wednesday | 7:30 PM | February 24, 2016 | G5A

G5A Laxmi Mills Compound, Off Dr. E Moses Road, Mumbai 400 011
Contact: +91 22 2490 9393-94

Join us for a performance of 'Akshayambara' by Dramanon, Bangalore, directed by Sharanya Ramprakash, IFA grantee and theatre practitioner. 'Akshayambara' is an experimental play that uses both modern theatrical tools and the dance drama form of Yakshagana, to create a contemporary narrative that raises questions on female representation and male ownership.

Drawing from research and personal experience, the performance imagines a reversal of roles in the popularYakshagana plot of 'Draupadi Vastrapaharana'. The play seeks to explore the conflicts around tradition, gender, power, and morality inherent in the form of Yakshagana.

The play premiered at the Ranga Shankara Theatre Festival, 2015 and has been nominated under several categories in the upcoming Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards (META) 2016.

Please do note that entry to the performance is free, but an RSVP is required.
To RSVP, please contact menaka@indiaifa.org

Sharanya received a grant from IFA, under its Arts Practice programme, with part support from Voltas Limited.

Photo courtesy: Suresh Babu.

Grant showcases of India Foundation for the Arts in Mumbai are supported by the Bajaj Group.