ByProma Chakraborty

Mar 29, 2019

Veteran strokes

What: Responding to his immediate surroundings, noted artist Devraj Dakoji’s artworks from his ongoing series — ‘The Wheel of Life’ — are on display at the exhibition ‘Heartbeat of the Void’. Thematically the paintings explore the cycle of life that continues despite man’s destructive interaction with nature. They are energetic, at times chaotic, giving a sense of the upheaval that Dakoji observes in today’s world. Some paintings depict how these life forms would have to adapt as their natural habitats are destroyed. Other bold and confident brush strokes depict landscapes in turmoil and violent transition.

When: March 15 – April 13 (11 am – 7 pm)

Where: Art Heritage, Triveni Kala Sangam, Mandi House

Dance duo

What: Back with the third edition of the annual dance festival, Kri Foundation presents ‘Madhavi’ – exploring the two dynamic female characters, Shoorpanakha and Draupadi,  who are often misunderstood in our culture. Dakshina Vaidyanathan Baghel a young Bharatanatyam dancer puts together a much-researched choreography, Shoorpanakha “The story only she NOSE”, where she brings an extremely fresh approach and a twist to the well-known story. Following this, Vidhya Subramanian, an internationally known dancer has fused the mediums of Bharatanatyam and theatre to create an extremely innovative work exploring the trials and strengths of Draupadi in ‘Still I Rise’.

When: April 3, 7 pm onwards

Where: Stein Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road

Liberating art

What: To commemorate the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, here’s an event to reflect the global theme for the 2019 Remember Slavery observance: The Power of Arts for Justice. A poster exhibit, ‘Remember Slavery: Say It Loud’, will feature the work of 21 architects (11 women, 10 men) of African descent and highlight the contribution they have made to the field of design. The professional success shown in these posters celebrates the gains of people of African descent and equality in all professions. To evoke memories of one of the most inhumane episodes in African History, there will be a week-long screening of the film, ‘Slavery Routes 1620-1789: From Sugar to Rebellion.’ The film shows how slavery did not begin in the cotton fields but was a much older tragedy that had been happening since the dawn of humanity. The event highlights how the arts have been used to confront slavery, empower enslaved communities and honour those who made freedom possible.

When: Till March 31 (11 am – 7 pm)

Where: India International Centre, 40, Lodi Estate