8 prominent women: City’s offer at Kala Mela

The biggest art festival of country, Kala Mela 2019, has been planned and Indore has a reason to be proud. Senior artists will give performance themed on prominent women from Indian mythology and history. Besides, there will be an exclusive backdrop display showing paintings prepared by senior artist Shubha Vaidya.  The festival will be organised from March 25 – 31 at JJ School of Art, Mumbai. The festival is organised by Lalit Kala Akademi.

Visual art
Shubha has prepared eight panels to represent women through mythological history of India. The eight women chosen are Meera Bai, Mandodari, Kaikeyi, Gandhari, Ahilya Bai Holkar, Draupadi, Panna Dai and Lakshmi Bai, queen of Jhansi.
The work is in ancient folk art style. The main characteristics of these women, like Ahilya Bai Holkar’s devotion to Lord Shiva, has been portrayed.

Performing art
A group of senior artists will perform dance-drama on March 27 at the fest. This dance-drama will depict struggle of eight women depicted in paintings. While some stories of Meera Bai, Lakshmi Bai and Drapaudi are well known, lesser known struggles of Mandodari and Kaikeyi are equally appealing. The stories have been chosen to show how they faced difficult situations like attempts to reform a man.

Artists from Indore
Producer: Rajan Deshmukh  Director: Vinita Lagu
Set: Shubha Vaidya Choreographer: Manjusha Rajesh Johari
Music producer: Kamal Kamale Singer: Vaishali Bakore, Rajat Kulkarni, Tanmay Chikhlikar Performing artists: Shubha Vaidya, Seema Deshmukj, Mamta Garpure, Tanvi Akolekar, Rupali Dube and Anjali Saharasbuddhe Dance group: Harsha, Seemal, Nandini, Mukta, Shivani and Archi Instrumental: Akshay Chiklikar, Sumit Malviye

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