Donate To Tantidhatri 2019, Third Edition
International Women’s Art Festival, Kolkata, Jan 15-20, 2019

Overview

Tantidhatri is India’s first International Women’s Performing Arts Festival and is part of the Magdalena Project. In its third edition, Tantidhatri aims to bring together the performative work of women artists across the globe ranging from theatre, music, dance, to the visual arts, ritual and spiritual practices.

 

The festival will allow Indian audience to watch outstanding shows at a moderate price, and will encourage women to examine their role, receive training, meet other artists and do other collaborative projects.

 

Tantidhatri is organized by a non-profit organization and we really need your support to make it possible. Through the fundraising, if there is any surplus amount, the festival will donate it towards the education of girl children in India.

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About the Festival
Tantidhatri 2019, Third Edition

Tantidhatri is India’s first International Women’s Performing Arts Festival. Its First Edition took place in Pondicherry in 2012 and the Second, in Bangalore in 2016. This third edition, will take place in Kolkata from 15th till 20th of January 2019. Tantidhatri aims at being a space of engagement for artists, thinkers and groups that are committed to women’s work in the field of performing arts.

 

The festival will donate its surplus amount for education of girl children in India. Although physically it is a five day event filled with performances, critiques, talks and interactions, the spirit of the Tantidhatri is universal and not bound by time or space. This year the theme is ‘Energy’ and through the festival, we will be channelizing all our efforts towards the positive flow of energy in all things physical and meta physical.

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International Performances

Tantidhatri is the meeting point of exceptional and inspiring work by women artists from all over the world. In the past, it has hosted artists from over 13 countries and extends this tradition further this year. It is not just a platform to perform but also to discuss and collaborate. The performances often resonate with each other and start conversations with common threads, no matter how far apart on the globe they have been conceived. The line up for this year is as follows:

Ave Maria | Denmark

Text and Director: Eugenio Barba
Actress: Julia Varley

 

Death is feeling lonely. A ceremony for the actress María Cánepa

Three hundred steps in a few moments. Stone skin above my head. The dead and the transparent flies what are they? And what do I matter? Maybe death doesn’t take everything away.

These verses by the Italian poet Antonio Verri sum up the performance. The British actress Julia Varley evokes her meeting and friendship with the Chilean actress María Cánepa. Death itself celebrates the creative fantasy and dedication of María, who was able to leave a trace after her departure.

No Doctor for the Dead | Norway

Text: Georg Johannesen
Actor: Geddy Aniksdal
Musician: Anette Röde Hagnell
Director: Tor Arne Ursin

No doctor for the Dead – an intimate performance based on the texts of the Norwegian poet Georg Johannesen featuring actor Geddy Aniksdal and musician Anette Röde Hagnell. The performance highlights Georg Johannesen’s poetic texts and enhancing them with music and choreography, in a bold and expressive style. These are poems with a particular sensitivity to political and historical and social questions relating to war, peace, violence, destruction and death. They often deal with themes that are considered un-poetic; distance, detachment, and the absence of emotion.

Longing for a Rose | France

Singers: Brigitte Cirla and Eléonore Bovon.

As the image of the destiny of a rose, the new show of the singers Eléonore Bovon and Brigitte Cirla delicately delves a bouquet of love songs, between traditional musics (Georgia, Bulgaria, Italy …), French songs ( Françoise Hardy, Edith Piaf, Colette Renard …), and some contemporaries.

Enhanced by the colors of the violin and the Indian harmonium, from one language to another, the desire of a rose is rooted in the vocal techniques of the world’s songs, while relying on the original arrangements of Eléonore Bovon. Each piece resonates with its particular virtuosity, to fit into a set of great musical coherence.In this journey punctuated by poetry, the desire is intense, fickle or mischievous, traveling the world without fixing. The rose, from turn to turn, juvenile, languid, modest, solar, is not so easy to pick.

Daughter : An Intensive Workshop | UK

Direction: Jill Greenhalgh
Music: Meg Ella.

A workshop with a performance outcome based on intimate and reflective personal biographies of Mother and Daughter relationships.

The inspiration—Daughter was born of the desire to stage intimacy and the complex dyad of the mother/daughter relationship. The project continues an investigation by Jill Greenhalgh into presenting the authentic voices and embodied knowledges intrinsic to women’s experience. Greenhalgh has refined a creative process and presentation structure that works with local women and allows each manifestation of Daughter its distinct cultural and political inflections.

Sakura | Japan

Performance: Keiin YOSHIMURA
Shamisen with singing: So SUGIURA “YUKI”
Poem: Sankichi TOGHE “Genbaku-shishu”

SAKURA Cherry blossom
Requiem, Hiroshima-Nagasaki
When I am standing on there
deep sadness is coming up
What could I do
I will only pray from the bottom of my heart
to be Peaceful with Nature and Human Beings
and to be Iilled Universe with love and harmony
It’s just “Wa no Kokoro (Spirit of Harmony)”
being the core of Japanese from ancient times

Cassandra | Italy

Dancer: Martistella Martella
Music: Antonio Infantino, Gabriele Panico, Cinzia Marzo
Text excerpt from ‘l mal dè fiori poem by Carmelo Bene

CASSANDRA, a dance solo that takes inspiration from the myth of Cassandra, from Pizzica – Italian traditional dance – and the phenomenon of Tarantism, brings together tradition and mythology. The rite of Tarantism symbolizes the harshness of the women condition in southern Italy. Peasant women were working in tobacco fields, under conditions of exploitation and slavery and, to overcome fatigue and sleepiness, they were dancing Pizzica Pizzica, a traditional dance from Salento. A symbolic bite of a spider, taranta, was injecting the venom making a women descend into madness. From that moment on, the possessed women would be called pizzicata. The only cure to expel the venom, to take away the pain and to cast out the evil, was to dance till exhaustion to the sound of tambourines.

What I did not Say | Mexico - Spain - Australia

Text and Performance: Amaranta Osorio
Video-Scenography: Suzon Fuks

Scenography: Alicia Blas
Choreographer: James Cunningham
Coproduction: Amaranta Osorio, Igneous Company and Festival Mestiza

‘What I did not Say’ is a multidisciplinary performance about the violence and gender problems that women face since birth, related to their bodies, education, experience of sexual abuse, insecurity and social obligation to be pretty, quiet, smiling, productive and perfect.

Seducere | Spain

Seducere, The sacred power of perfurme
Dance Theater by Mónica de la Fuente

Based on texts by Marguerite Yourcenar Maria Magdalena or the salvation, Telugu courtesan songs and poems by contemporary Spanish poets Aurora Luque and Nuria Barrios.

And the disciples reproached: Why is she doing it?? Wasting so much money…? She could have giving it to the poor.. Why is He accepting it?? If He knew “who” the person is touching him!!…Why… why… why? Even you, seated in front of me right now, in this stage, in your head… you ask yourself or ask me… why am I doing it..? How many times… in so many cultures is she asked “why” is she doing it”??

This space is the response, as a creative act… a response to the others judgments, questions… Generous act… Intimate… Intuitive… Instead of the words she uses her body language, her hands, her mouth, her hair… to express her infinitive love… to melt…

Seeds of Memory | Argentina

Director: Julia Varley
Actress: Anna Woolf

The performance, is about absence: the absence of a father, the absence of a body to bury and the absence of 30.000 missing people in Argentina, during the last military dictatorship. But absence generates its opposite: resistance, presence and identity. Absence, is the starting point to build a performance that contains both, a personal message and political discourse.

Although no words will ever be enough to compensate the horror and suffering which have touched many generations of argentines, the autobiographical words of a child and the real pain caused by the recent lost of her father become the dramaturgical solution which allowed to tell the story of a Latin-American Country hit by dictatorship.

Two Madonnas | India - Mexico

Concept & Performance: Rakini Devi and Violeta Luna

Original Music: David Molina
Costumes and Objects: Rakini Davi and Violeta Luna
Two Madonnas: Mutual syncretic iconographies.
The performance of Two Madonnas investigates sacred feminine iconography, deepening the inherent tension that exists between the notions of the profane and the sacred, with special attention to the juxtaposition of Mexican Catholic iconography, such as the Virgin of Guadalupe, and Indian iconography, such as the Hindu goddess Kali.
Rakini Devi and Violeta Luna engage the notion of the body as human shrine in a cross-cultural work that integrates complex and contrasting aspects of female religious iconography. In this continually evolving work,  Indian and Mexican cultures enter into a dialogue and resonate in a vibrant space.

Talks & Work Demonstrations

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Schedule

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Workshops

Tantidhatri is a place where we come together and we experience together. Our workshops invite all genders and include all the sessions, talks, work demonstrations, work in progress and performances. You will experience master class, workshop and yoga sessions in the morning. Food and stay is available at the venue (Rabindra Teertho, New Town, Kolkata) at extra cost and the stay will be separate shared dormitories for men and women. In the morning we will start with yoga, after breakfast it will be followed by master class and workshop. We will have two groups – one group will be doing master classes and the other group will be in an intensive production oriented workshop with British Director, Jill Greenhalgh. You can chose which group to follow, there are separate registration for both. But all participants are welcome to participate in the talks, demonstration, work in progress and performances.

 

This is a place where you will meet incredible artists and masters from all over the world. We encourage you to keep interacting with people and keep discussing. You might find new projects; you might realise that what you are thinking, there’s someone from the other side of the world thinking the same thing; and you can find links and start working together. So keep the momentum alive, even with the other participants and anyone who comes to teach. The evening shows are open to the public and as we have very limited seats, we cannot provide you with premium seats. But we will definitely be providing a special place to sit and watch the performances as watching the performances is part of the process of participation.

 

We will be sharing the final schedule with you very soon. Participation fee is INR 10,000 (accommodation and food separate). You have to arrive by 9.00am on 15th January, 2019 and departure by 9.00am on 21st January, 2019.

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List of Rewards

Once you have completed your donation. Once, the schedule is finalized we shall put it up and send an email to you regarding which day(s) you would like to attend. We will also get in touch with you regarding  which reward you wish to receive (If applicable). All rewards can be redeemed at the Venue of Tantidhatri 2019*.

 

*UPDATE: If you are unable or unwilling to attend for any reason we will ship your rewards we will ship your rewards to you after the event.

Daily Pass
Valid for One Day in Tantidhatri 2019

The Daily pass is only valid for and One day of Tantidhatri 2019. It includes access to all 3 performances that take place on that day. It does not include the Talks, Work Demonstrations or Workshops. Tickets for the Talks & Work Demonstrations can be purchased separately at the Venue. You can register HERE for the workshops.

Festival Pass
Valid for all performances & talks in Tantidhatri 2019

The Festival pass is valid for the duration of Tantidhatri 2019. It includes access to all 3 performances on all six days of Tantidhatri 2019. It also includes access to all the Talks and Work Demonstrations. The workshops are only for registered participants and neither of the passes will allow access to them. You can register HERE for the workshops.

Postcards
Set of Seven Postcards

The Postcards are 6in. x 4in. reproductions of paintings by Parvathy Baul. Each Set includes 7 Postcards. Some of the Paintings are – “Poush Baul Mela, 2001 – Acrylic on Canvas”, “Baul Singers on the river Ganga and the Lovers, 2002 – Acrylic on Canvas”, “Full Moon Night and the Holy Bathers at Jaydev Baul Mela, 1998 – Acrylic on Canvas”.

CDs
Premgeethi, Sahajia, Baul Gyan Darpan 2017, Charya Geeti

The CDs Available are Premgeethi, Sahijia, Baul Gyan Darpan 2017 and Charya Geeti.

  • Premgeethi is a collection of Baul songs composed by various Baul masters. These songs convey the message of absolute lovel yoga of the body and mind; and its Sadhana. The inner vision of Baul masters become a poetic and artistic expression of the inexpressible.
  • Sahajia: Baul Sadhana is known as Sahaja Yoga. Those who follow the path of Sahaja Yoga are known as Sahajiya. In this CD first few songs speak about the aspect of Sahaja Sadhana and the rest describe the love and longing for the Beloved which is often described through the divine passion and unconditional love of Radha for Krishna.
  • Baul Gyan Darpan 2017 is a collection of songs sung by Masters in the Baul retreat held in Kerala. The meeting inspired the Baul Sadhaks to share the songs and poetry, and exchange Bhava through rhythm and sound. The uniqueness of this album is reflected in the beautiful rendering by Masters of two differing poems that blend together in one song, to enrich the meaning and essence of each other.
  • Charya Geeti (Songs of the Traveler Beyond the Time) is a collection of poetry written by wandering Yogis of the Buddhist lineage during the 8th to 12th century, and they are considered to be the ‘mother’ compositions of today’s Baul songs. Among the 50 poems that consist Charyageeti, in this CD are a selection of four songs, set to tune by Parvathy Baul.

Book
Tantidhatri One

Tantidhatri One, is a collection of interviews, personal reflections and photographs of the first edition of Tantidhatri held in Pondicherry. Tantidhatri is a meeting of women from diverse cultures and backgrounds – art practitioners as well as women from other fields connected by a commen thread of creative work. The word ‘tantidhatri’ originated from ancient Pali language, and it means, “women who hold/carry the thread”. It symbolizes a stream of knowledge that is being held and carried on across generations.

Woodcut
Limited Edition

The woodcuts are created by Parvathy Baul and her husband Ravi Gopalan Nair. She learned to do woodcuts during her student days at Kalabhavan, Shantiniketan, as a visual arts student. Later, when she had started to live and work with Ravi, who is a traditional wood-carving artist from Kerala. Together, they created these woodcuts, (Parvathy: Concept, drawing, printing. Ravi: wood engraving) especially to depict the images in the Baul songs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I go for any day with a Daily pass?

A daily pass, which is only valid for 1 day includes all 3 performances that take place on that day. It does not include the talks work demonstrations or workshops. A separate ticket for the talks / work demonstrations can be purchased for INR 100.  Once the schedule is out, you can decide which particular day you would like to attend with a daily pass. We will get in touch with you regarding the same.

If I have Two Daily passes can I use them with someone else?

Yes. You can either use them to watch the shows if two separate days or use them with another person on the same day. Once the schedule is out, you can let us know which option you would like to go with (2 passes for the same day or 1 pass each for different days). We will get in touch with you regarding the same.

Does the Festival pass include access to the Talks, Work Demonstrations and Workshops?

Yes, the Festival pass covers access to talks and work demonstrations. The workshops are only for registered participants and neither of the passes will allow access to them. You can register HERE for the workshops.

Are there any meals included in the Daily / Festival Pass?

No. Meals are not included in either of the passes. There will be food stalls in the venue where food can be bought at extra cost.

When will I get my rewards?

Once you have made the donation, we will send you a mail enlisting your rewards and also with detailed information of the festival. We will get in touch with you regarding which day you would like to attend.

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50 USD (3,680 INR)

One Daily Pass for Tantidhatri. The Daily pass gives you access to all three performances on any one day of Tantidhatri 2019. PLUS One set of Postcards (Set includes 7 cards).

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100 USD (7,360 INR)

One Daily Pass for Tantidhatri. The Daily pass gives you access to all three performances on any one day of Tantidhatri 2019. PLUS One Book (Tantidhatri One) OR One CD (Sahijia, Premgeethi, Chariyageethi, Baul Gyan Darpan 2017).

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200 USD (14,700 INR)

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350 USD (25,730 INR)

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  • 3 x Daily Pass
  • 1 x Book (Tantidhatri One)
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500 USD (36,750 INR)

One Festival Pass for Tantidhatri. The Festival Pass gives you access to all performances in Tantidhatri 2019. PLUS One Book (Tantidhatri One). PLUS Two CDs (Sahijia, Premgeethi, Chariyageethi, Baul Gyan Darpan 2017). PLUS One set of Postcards (Set includes 7 cards). PLUS One set of Flags.

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  • 1 x Festival Pass
  • 1 x Book (Tantidhatri One)
  • 2 x CD (Sahijia, Premgeethi, Chariyageethi, Baul Gyan Darpan 2017)
  • 2 x Set of Postcards (7ea)
  • 1 x Set of Flags

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1,000 USD (73,500 INR)

One Festival Pass for Tantidhatri. The Festival Pass gives you access to all performances in Tantidhatri 2019. PLUS One Book (Tantidhatri One). PLUS Three CDs (Sahijia, Premgeethi, Chariyageethi, Baul Gyan Darpan 2017). PLUS One set of Postcards (Set includes 7 cards). And Special Mention on Website.

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  • 1 x Festival Pass
  • 1 x Book (Tantidhatri One)
  • 3 x CD (Sahijia, Premgeethi, Chariyageethi, Baul Gyan Darpan 2017)
  • 2 x Set of Postcards (7ea)
  • 2 x Set of Flags

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2,000 USD (1,47,000 INR)

One Festival Pass for Tantidhatri. The Festival Pass gives you access to all performances in Tantidhatri 2019. PLUS One Book (Tantidhatri One). PLUS Four CDs (Sahijia, Premgeethi, Chariyageethi, Baul Gyan Darpan 2017). PLUS One set of Postcards (Set includes 7 cards). PLUS One Woodcut. And a Speical Mention on the Sponsor List of Tantidhatri 2019.

Includes :

  • 1 x Festival Pass
  • 1 x Book (Tantidhatri One)
  • 4 x CD (Sahijia, Premgeethi, Chariyageethi, Baul Gyan Darpan 2017)
  • 3 x Set of Postcards (7ea)
  • 3 x Set of Flags
  • 1 Woodcut (Limited Edition)

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1. Minimum Amount 15 USD
2. For example if you donate 750 USD you will be eligible for the rewards associated with 500 USD. Donations below 20 USD are not eligible for a reward.

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