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  • We’re bringing to you dance performances with collaborations with poets and painters – a beautiful blend of different styles and thoughts. Come see the Ravanas in us, all hiding behind intricate Madhubani masks in a contemporary dance show. Explore the conflict between the heart and the mind guided by poetry and expressed through Bharatnatyam and Kathak, and much more.

  • This year’s exhibitions for Abhivyakti look at everyday ideas in an unconventional manner – each representative of certain social realities. The relevance of a simple cycle in the daily living of several Indians will be explored through photography and painting.

  • Through different scales and materials, the installations compel the audiences to engage in conversations that are long over‐due. Engaging with the ideas of cityscapes, heritage, beauty, nostalgia, relationships, and more. We have artists – painters, sculptors, photographers; creating installations using different materials and at varying scales, compelling audiences to engage in deep conversations right up front with art.

  • The musicians for this chapter of Abhivyakti bring a new energy and enthusiasm to the craft, and explore the boundaries of the disciple. Experimenting with tradition, we’re presenting music concerts, each with a unique story. An energetic percussionist, a Hindustani classical vocalist and fusion artists are coming to take you on exciting musical journeys.

  • Have you ever seen the story of the foolish king, with characters of cloth and string? Or noticed how the movies we love to see shape our minds and our relationships? We have thought provoking performances by theatre artists and groups eager to entertain you. These are performances that are interdisciplinary and explore the idea of performance art.

  • Abhinav Mishra

    Abhinav is an Architect, Interaction designer and a New Media artist. His creative practice deals with environments, modularity, design of technology and interactivity.

    City in Sounds
    Close your eyes and focus – focus on the sounds you hear around you. Each sound brings with it a host of memories. What about the sounds we have lost, then? What about those memories, those associations? It is these ideas that this installation – a sound museum – explores. By recording and recreating sounds that we have lost over time – or will lose in the near future – the installation acts as an archive of misplaced sounds. An interactive museum, it reconnects the audiences with associations that one can only make through sound.

  • Akash Bhatt

    Trained in the art of playing ‘Tabla’ in his early childhood at the Saptak School of Music, Akash Bhatt is a musician and a practicing Architect. During his stay in Eastern Europe from 2001 to 2014 (had won the SOROS Foundation Scholarship for performing Arts in 2001), he gained experience of performing various music genres such as the Balkan music, Sephardic, Turkish/Oriental, arabian Music, Contemporary, Ethno Jazz Fusion etc. He has collaborated with Darpana Academy of Performing Arts and regularly performs as a percussionist at festivals in India, with both European and Indian artists.

    KshitiJ Project
    Music has been a method of expressions since time immemorial. With the vast variety that it offers, music has an ability to bridge gaps between generations, ages, and even cultures. This project is a live music performance realizing a unique fusion of a various music styles expressed through various instruments – both Indian & non-Indian. The genres of music used in this fusion have their origins in India as well the rest of the world. The performance is an attempt to celebrate the differences of the cultures through music.

  • Akup Buchem

    Akup’s work is inspired by his personal environment and abandonment, ruin, and survival. These have also become defining themes for the works that he undertakes as an artist. He is most interested in the theme of abandonment.

    Reverence
    Heritage – it is as defining as it is intangible. With changing definitions, its symbolizations have evolved. This installation presents 10,000 replications of moulds made from elements present in heritage homes at a miniature scale. While the individual elements of the installation are small in size, the scale of the overall installation promises to be overwhelming.

  • Arpita Dhagat

    A Founder Member of Astitva Art Foundation, Arpita presently works as a Cultural Outreach Programmer with LEAF Foundation. She is a performer and performance maker, with a specialization in design and theatre techniques from National School of Drama, New Delhi (2010-13). Arpita is keen about different mediums of art expression and how it changes the equation between the audience and the artist.

    ‘Item’
    Daughter, sister, wife, mother – the many roles that are assigned to a woman from the time that she is born. For the longest time, actresses in Bollywood have become caricatures of these roles. This piece of performance art, with five actors confined to a wooden box, challenges the stereotypes and connotations associated with these roles since time immemorial. It urges audiences to rethink these roles in the context of the society we live in currently.

    ‘Ukhana’
    “Off with their heads!” Words that were immortalized by the Queen of Hearts in the much beloved book Alice in Wonderland. The story is appealing to the sensibilities of children as well as adults. This interactive installation is an interpretation of three spaces from this classic by wielding together oilcans. The scale of this installation allows audiences to enter the space, which would provide them with a unique experience.

  • Dhaivat Jani

    Dhaivat Jani is a drummer, composer and music producer from Ahmedabad. He performs as a drummer/percussionist with a fusion band – Meghdhanush and a jazz band – Time Wise. He composes and produces music for short films, ad-films and documentaries.

    Sounds of Stories
    Music can be found in the simplest of things – the movement of a train, bark of a dog, and even the banging of utensils. Exploring the boundaries of music composition and formation, this performance focuses on improvisation. It brings together artists with varying skill sets to create a musical experience for the audiences – an experience that consists of experimentation and improvisation. The focus is on percussion music in collaboration with sarod players, kathak dancers, and others. Each performance brings with it a unique experience.

  • Dhrupad Shukla

    Dhrupad tries to abstract all artificial elements from the subject and their environment as he strives to achieve an effect that looks extremely realistic. Shooting with a wide-angle focus enables him to capture as much space from the person’s natural environment as possible and he continues to grapple with the challenge of shooting the subject till he achieves a sense of satisfaction with the result.

    Now you See it
    How does one navigate, even in familiar spaces, without the ability to see where one is going? This photography exhibition tries to explore the question by documenting the lives of visually impaired. It recreates these experiences for the audience by invoking the other senses.

  • Dhruti Joshi

    Dhruti is a freelance dancer and choreographer. She has completed Visharad in Kathak (Jaipur Gharana). She is a student of the Lakhanav Gharana under Smt. Shubha Desai, disciple of Padma Shri Birju Maharaj & Padma Shri Smt. Kumudiniben Lakhia. She has performed in India, China and Sri Lanka with Shubha Desai’s group.

    Kash-ma-Kash
    The debate has been never-ending; between the heart and the mind, who does one listen to? Will only one of the two guide us in the right direction? This dance performance brings together three forms of dances – Bharatnatyam, Kathak, and Indian Contemporary. Accompanied with live music, will the journey that the heart and the mind make, bring them to a resolution?

  • Drashti Dhagat

    Drashti is a founder member and teacher at Astitva Art Foundation. She has completed her masters in History and Diploma in Fine Arts from C. N. College of Fine Arts. Her works are majorly centered around abstract art. Her conversation with color and composition plays a major role in defining the work that she does.

    My City, My World
    Cities are fast becoming microcosms of the larger world we live in – a world that is complex, and layered. The city offers a host of experiences unique to the individual, but still linked with the experiences of others. This abstract installation, made of iron and plastic, expresses the artist’s perception of the city, and makes room for the audiences to present their own perception by letting them paint within the created artwork.

  • Harshal Vyas

    Started with folk dances of Gujarat, Harshal trained in Kalaripayattu with D.Padmkumar and has worked with choreographers like Terrence lewis, Darpana Performing Troupe, and various international artists. He is now practicing as a Contemporary Dancer and Movement Researcher.

    Raavana – In Ten Minds
    Raavana is a complex and relevant character for all times. The attributes of Raavana finds reflection in society, as we know it today. This contemporary dance performance, with hand-painted Madhubani masks, explores the lesser-known attributes of Raavana, and the reflection that they find in the present society.

  • Hasmukh Makwana

    Hasmukh holds a diploma in applied arts from Sheth C.N. College of Fine Arts and from the Faculty of Fine Arts at MSU, vadodara. His work usually revolves around the routine life. He observes, notices, visualizes and reflects his perspective about it. He ignites his imagination through elements like rozi-roti , struggle, traditional artefacts, vintage substances, literature, and childhood memories.

    Pagarkha
    Stories – we are surrounded by them. Everyday, we become a part of new stories, and our stories become intertwined with others. These become records of our lives – they become memories. The installation presents 30 pairs of shoes. Associated with each pair is the story of the walker – a mason, perhaps, or even a doctor. With the shoes personified, each pair has two tales to tell – one by the owner, and the other imagined

  • Himanshu Panchal

    Himanshu is an accountant turned photographer/printer. He is associated with Rangjyot (Digital Archiving and Fine Art Printing Services) at Navajivan Trust. Subjects connected with socio-economic and cultural aspects of life, interest him. He has participated in several group shows across India and a solo-show at Founders Art Gallery, George Mason University, VA, US.

    Not a Missed Call
    This project is the story of how easy access to mobile technology has had the ability to revolutionize the lives of people. It investigates the role of technology in facilitating a change in the lives of millions of individuals, and the manner in which they have begun to perceive life in a different manner as a result of the introduction of this technology.

  • Isha Talsania

    Isha is an architect, academician and a design strategist. She manages her private architecture practice along with being a visiting faculty at FA CEPT. She is deeply involved in curriculum development and design education.

    City in Sounds
    Close your eyes and focus – focus on the sounds you hear around you. Each sound brings with it a host of memories. What about the sounds we have lost, then? What about those memories, those associations? It is these ideas that this installation – a sound museum – explores. By recording and recreating sounds that we have lost over time – or will lose in the near future – the installation acts as an archive of misplaced sounds. An interactive museum, it reconnects the audiences with associations that one can only make through sound.

  • Jankee Romesh

    Director of the Swar Angan Academy, Jankee Romesh is an Indian classical and semi-classical vocalist and musician. She has previously worked in the capacity of music director and composer, has also released many Sanskrit CD’s as a lead singer. She has been a part of performances with Saptak, Gujarat Rajya Sangeet Natak Academy, Aaj Ke Kalakar, Nritya Bharati Academy, and Aakashvaani, and more.

    Nadbrahma Nirzari
    What is the journey that Indian Classical music has taken to evolve to its current stage? This concert explores that journey with music created to demonstrate the evolution of Hindustani Classical Music over time.

    Meera
    A devotee, a poet, a wife. What was the level of devotion that compelled Meerabai to forsake everything and everyone, go against the norms that society had set for her as a married woman, and give herself to the devotion of Lord Krishna. This music performance explores the relationship between Meerabai and Lord Krishna in an unconventional manner. It also explores different types and levels of love – the love and devotion that a Meerabai felt for Lord Krishna, the love that Meerabai’s husband felt for her to accept the relationship and devotion she shared with Lord Krishna. The compositions are original and have been composed for this performance.

  • Jigna Gaudana

    Jigna Gaudana is an artist based in Ahmedabad. She completed her Diploma Program in Fine Arts from C.N. College of Fine Arts. After completing her diploma she completed one-year certificate course in Art History and Aesthetics from M.S.University, vadodara and then Masters in Indian Culture from B.J.Institute of Learning and Research, Ahmedabad. Her works have been awarded by Gujarat Lalit Kala Akademi, Ahmedabad. She was also the recipient of the Junior Research Fellowship for year 2012-2013 from the Ministry of Culture. Her works were displayed in many group shows at Ahmedabad, Baroda, Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, and more.

    How do I Look?
    This exhibition of paintings challenges the conventional notions of beauty. The handcrafted books that are part of the exhibition tell the stories of the people who have been portrayed in the paintings.

  • Kalpana Gagdekar

    Kalpana Gagdekar Chhara, is an award winning theatre artist, and a well-known personality in Gujarati Theatre. The Founder Member of Budhan Theatre, she has played a pivotal role to build the nationwide movement for the rights of Denotified Tribes of India. She catapulted to a household name among theatre lovers after recreating the life of “Kasturba”, by playing Kasturba. Kalpana has acted in famous plays like Budhan, Akoopar and many other Gujarati and Hindi plays.

    Born Artists
    The Chhara Community – a denotified tribe given the tag of born criminals. Ask a member of the Chhara Community, and they will tell you that they are artists. The tussle between the law-enforcement and the Chhara community is an on-going one. With members from the Chhara community, this performance narrates the past and present of the Chhara community as fact. It does not attempt to provide an explanation for the label it has earned in the society; it does not ask for sympathy, or empathy. In narrating these stories and experiences, the performance breaks the ‘fourth wall’ between the performers and the audiences.

  • Kanan Worah

    Kanan Worah is an artist and educator with a passion for literature, arts and social work. A graduate from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M. S. University, Vadodara, she has held several solo and group shows of her paintings. Her forte is Madhubani paintings and works portraying the rural women of Kutch. She is also Visharad in Bharatnatyam and Classical Vocal Music.

    Raavana – In Ten Minds
    Raavana is a complex and relevant character for all times. The attributes of Raavana finds reflection in society, as we know it today. This contemporary dance performance, with hand-painted Madhubani masks, explores the lesser-known attributes of Raavana, and the reflection that they find in the present society.

  • Mansi Gandhi

    Mansi Gandhi has trained under Padma Bhushan Smt. Kumudini Lakhia and had performed with the Kadamb Troupe nationally & internationally. She has also been trained in belly dancing with Maher Malik & contemporary from Terence Lewis’ Academy. For the past five years, she has worked as a teacher at D-Dancing Street Studio.

    Dance With Me
    Dance, like other art forms, is a medium of expression – expression through body movement. It allows for breaking of boundaries, and being completely aware of oneselves and one’s surroundings. This freeze mob, with different dance styles, breaks down boundaries, and encourages everyone to explore dance as a medium of expression.

  • Nayan Bhil

    Nayan Bhil is a puppeteer, writer, and theatre artist from Ahmedabad. He has performed major colour shadow puppet shows at the inaugural function of Bhadra Fort in Ahmedabad, on the opening ceremony of Swaminarayan Art college Anand, Vibrant Gujarat and so on. Apart from the shows, he conducts puppetry workshops in different NGOs and schools.

    The Foolish King
    The tradition of puppetry has evolved in India as a method of entertainment. The first puppets in the country were made possibly as long ago as 1000 B.C. Puppets tell the story of the culture in which they have been designed. This puppet show goes back to the roots of puppetry – story-telling. Through a variety of puppets, this performance tells the story of the foolish king – a king who is in pursuit of his kingdom’s worst enemy. The story is told through colour shadow-puppets, rod puppets, and other forms of puppetry.

  • Pallavi Jain

    Pallavi Jain is an Architect and Designer. She graduated in 2016 from UAL, London in MA Designer Maker: Visual Art. Presently she is working as a Freelance Interior Designer and with craftsmen on developing her furniture palate. Her focus is to work with Indian handicraft and develop it to the next level.

    A Woven Story
    Made from discarded or waste material, this is an interactive installation. The process of creation explores various techniques of weaving. This installation is a woven structure that speaks to the location.

  • Pinki Godiawala

    As a student of Padmabhushan Shri Dashrath Patel, she looks at art in varied facets of life. Her art pursuits have introduced her to different mentors and skills. Among her many social associations Yuva Unstoppable – an NGO for benefit of underprivileged children – is a major part where she is involved as a Founder Trustee.

    Life on Bicycle
    The bicycle is not just a symbol for transportation, but also rather a symbol for various occupations. In the country, cycles have facilitated various professions, and have helped sustain them in ever-changing times. This photography exhibition is as much about the cycle, as it is about the individuals whose profession depends on it.

  • Piyush Pandya

    Piyush Pandya is an Architect and Urbanist by training. His poems bring together obsolete words and idioms from Hindi and Urdu. He has performed in the city on several occasions and his poems have been published in reputed magazines including HindYugm.

    Dehari
    In a world where boundaries are constantly defined and redefined, where the lines between the public and the private are blurred, how does one define the Public and Private? Is it only a physical wall that has become the distinguisher, or it the boundary something more intangible? Dahari explores the ideas through the mediums of photography and poetry.

  • Pooja Purohit

    Pooja is a dancer, actress, certified yoga teacher and also trained in Kalaripayatu. She has been a lead performer with the Darpana Performance Troupe since 2008, where she worked closely with renowned choreographer Mallika Sarabhai, and has performed in the Middle East, South Korea, Europe and America

    Kash-ma-Kash
    The debate has been never-ending; between the heart and the mind, who does one listen to? Will only one of the two guide us in the right direction? This dance performance brings together three forms of dances – Bharatnatyam, Kathak, and Indian Contemporary. Accompanied with live music, will the journey that the heart and the mind make, bring them to a resolution?

  • Shivangee Vikram

    Shivangee Vikram is an Ahmedabad based Bharatanatyam dance educator, performer and choreographer. She is an ICCR empanelled artiste; having studied for a Masters in Bharatanatyam from Nalanda Nrityakala Mahavidyalaya, University of Mumbai with a MHRD National Scholarship. A recipient of Shingar Mani, she has been awarded the Kal-ke-Kalakar and Nritya Pratibha from the state and central Sangeet Natak Akademi. She is the lead dancer and co-choreographer at Rasadhwani, and very recently performed a unique theatrical dance production ‘Panchali – From Fire to Fire’ based on Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni’s ‘The Palace of Illusions’. The production was Ahmedabad’s first ever crowd funded dance production with the support of Ministry of Culture’s Production Grant Aid.’

    Aatithya
    Aatithya is a Bharatanatyam performance, exploring the traditions and nuances associated with temple rituals of which dance is considered to be the highest offering. The performance creates a mesmerizing ambience while simultaneously creating unique dance formations and attributes of Lord Nataraja.

  • Sonal Bhargav

    With a strong background in performing arts and specialization in Bharatnatyam, Sonal Vyas is an emerging Dance Professional. She has delved in representation of narratives through multi-disciplinary performing arts and literature. She has also spent a lot of time teaching this form of dance to people of all ages including kids and adults.

    Pratibimb
    Music and dance are two inseparable components of any dance performance. That is familiar, that is known. Expanding the boundaries of performance art, this dance performance brings together Gujarati poetry and Bharatnatyam. Through the dance form, it explores the various nayikas or expressions, that are found in Gujarati poetry – specially composed for the performance.

  • Sumedh Kumar

    Sumedh was born in Hyderabad. He did his post-graduation from M.S University, vadodara in Print Making. He had received a scholarship from Telugu University for his higher studies. He has also received the Hyderabad Art Society Award. His work has been exhibited in Delhi, Mumbai, vadodara, and Ahmedabad.

    Home
    Sounds create associations – they are powerful and imperative in providing a holistic experience. This installation creates the sense of objects – the sense of a home – only through sounds. It enables the audiences to navigate what is essentially an empty space, while constantly giving them the sense of homeliness.

  • Toral Vyas

    Toral Vyas comes from a finance background, owns an advertising agency, and manages a creative studio. What started as a hobby has now become her passion. She is interested in travel, street and documentary photography. She has exhibited her work as part of several group shows, and did a solo show on the kids of Visamo Foundation, “ Visamo… स्कूल चले हम..”

    Once Upon a Time
    Photographs have the ability to tell stories in a unique manner. Rearrange them, and you can create new stories. This photography exhibition documents children from the organization Visamo Kids, as characters from the Panchatantra stories, and retells the tales we have grown up with.

  • Vedika Bayanwala

    Vedika is the Director of Pratibimb Theatre Studio for children. It is a non-commercial and a non-profit theatre group set up in October 2004. For the children of today, it aims to bring out the hidden talent of kids and help them build confidence and showcase their creativity.

    Kahaani le lo kahaani
    For generations, the Panchatantra stories have had the unique ability of being able to not just entertain the people of all ages, but also to pass on wisdom and lessons. These stories, like other stories, have gone through multiple tellings and retellings. This theatre performance, undertaken with child actors, brings to life these stories, and explores multiple conclusions.

  • Mitul Kajaria

    Mitul Kajaria is a self-taught photographer who has experimented with multiple genres of photography. His work has been awarded internationally in competitions by the Barbican, London and Indiafrica, along with competitions across the country including ‘Better Photography – POY’, architectural photography competition by IIA among others.

    Dehari
    In a world where boundaries are constantly defined and redefined, where the lines between the public and the private are blurred, how does one define the Public and Private? Is it only a physical wall that has become the distinguisher, or it the boundary something more intangible? Dahari explores the ideas through the mediums of photography and poetry.