Monday, July 9, 2012

The Practice of Living History: Patachitra and Performance

The Practice of Living History: Patachitra and Performance
A Public History initiative by the Centre for Public History
In partnership with 1.Shantiroad Studio/Gallery, Bengaluru
Performance: Khadu Chitrakar and Radha Chitrakar
Introduction and presentation: Indira Chowdhury
Venue: 1.Shanthiroad Studio/Gallery
Date: 14 July 2012
Time: 5 pm onwards

 Khadu Chitrakar and his wife Radha Chitrakar come from a community of folk artist who paint scrolls and sing the stories. Khadu and Radha live in Naya, Pingla in Medinipur, West Bengal. Traditionally, Chitrakars composed songs that were taken from incidents in the Puranas and the Ramayana. In recent years their visual and musical narratives have changed to include contemporary events such as the Tsunami and 9/11. Khadu Chitrakar and his wife will present traditional as well as more recent compositions. Their performance will be presented by Indira Chowdhury of the Centre for Public History at Srishti. The performance and presentation will make space for a conversation with the audience around the contemporary nature of folk art, and the nature of folk memory.

Pata-Chitras will be on display and some will be up for sale.

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