Alternational at The BFlat Bar, Bangalore

  • Date / Time: 09/18/2013 : 8:00 PM
  • Location: The Bflat Bar
  • Address: The BFlat Bar, 100 FEET Rd, Indiranagar,Bangalore,Karnataka,India

by Abhijeet Tambe
An eclectic mix of mostly contemporary tracks from the global alternative rock and electronic scenes – including Indian artists.

by Manola Gayatri and Suman Sridhar
+ visuals by Natasha Mendonca
The performer’s breath is a journey through the element of air. A stage is set wherein the actor’s body becomes an exploration of air, its evolution into sound through dynamic, multi-directional movements, continuous dots in a map of roots gone wild. Multiple states of meaning come alive through multiple states of performance.

Suman Sridhar, artist and musician, was born in Mumbai with Indian classical musicians for parents and earned a B.A. in Western Music and Gender Studies from Rutgers University, USA. Sridhar/Thayil, her collaboration with guitarist and novelist Jeet Thayil, has been acclaimed by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the most “cutting edge” contemporary music acts in the country, toured in cities across continents, and won the Jack Daniel’s Rock Award for Emerging Band of the Year in India in 2009.

Raised with a foundation in the traditional and classical performing arts, Suman has forayed into contemporary music and theatre, sessions’ recordings for feature films, sound design and performance art. Her recent exhibitions include dOCUMENTA (13) (Kassel), Sarai Reader 09: The Exhibition (New Delhi) and St. Mark’s Church for Flying Kite (Philadelphia); her concerts include the Jazzmandu Festival (Nepal), The Great Escape Festival (UK), Galle Literary Festival (Sri Lanka), INK Talks (India), Prithvi Theatre Festival (India), Southbank Centre (UK), and National Centre for Performing Arts (India). Suman’s new works seek the intersection of mediums as a means to break form— improvised and staged experiments as a political, poetic and psychological end. She was recently awarded the Google-INK Trailblazers Grant for devising a new performance.

Manola K. Gayatri engages with performance through scholarship and practice. She is completing her PhD titled “Breath, Radical Faith and Intersubjectivity in Poetic Utterance: reconfiguring a feminist genealogy of woman’s creative autonomy in performance” in Theatre and Performance Studies at JNU, Delhi. Her MPhil was on “Reconfiguring the body: simulation and corporeality in mediatized performance”. Her work is in inter-disciplinary and invested in the fluidity of practice, lived experience and theory. Her previous work includes Excess (GATI Residency 2009), (Bangalore Queer Film Festival, Maraa, Art Karavan, Santiniketan, SAAJNU),Veil of Kashmir (2010) with director Mat De Koning (New York, Brisbane, Berlin (In-Flux)and Virtual Borders festival in Heidelberg) Street Walkers and Restoring Kalpana (Sarai, New Delhi). She was born and raised in Bangalore.