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Tantidhatri Festival:Embracing femininity

Giving a platform to women artists across the globe, Tantidhatri festival 2019 will be inaugurated by Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee on January 15

Tantidhatri Festival:Embracing femininity

Kolkata will experience a gush of the 'Divine Feminine' rising in the much awaited 'Tantidhatri Festival', which is a playground for women artists from across the world to perform on one stage - depicting pathos, joy, pride, and a plethora of deep rooted emotions and experiences that every artist holds within his/her unique being.

The 2019 edition of Tantidhatri, which will be inaugurated by Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee on January 15, is all about energy, or Shakti, which is equivalent to the word 'feminine'. Seated deep within, the manifestation of the womanhood in each one of us calls for care, nurture, raging passion for self and a pride at being vulnerable, yet powerful, fluid yet composed at the same time. In an age drowned deep in technology, what is amiss is the subtle connection within the feminine in all of us, which expresses itself through our bodies, our emotions and our artistic manifestations.

The galaxy of artists who will perform on stage is composed of masters of every art form, who have worked their way in society and expressed their calling for the feminine through the classical performance mastered through years of hard work and deep devotion.

From exponents of Baul to religious iconography and cultural history, from the classic forms of dance and drama from across the world to the mystical dance forms of ancient India, the stage will be on fire as various artists will ignite the stage with their energy, their expression of life intermingled with the spiritual and metaphysical principles of the cosmos. During the festival, acts like 'Hiranyagarbha' or 'The Golden Wom', 'Death is Feeling Lonely', 'What I didn't Say', to name a few are worth witnessing.

Also, 'Mudiyettu' – the fiery dance depicting the battle of Goddess Kali and Darika, and 'Seeds of Memory' – a tribute to Argentina's missing people are also a must watch.

Performances blended with workshops will act as laboratories that will help structure personal enquiry into one's self in the presence of master artists who have ingrained in them the learnings of their lives, relationships expressed through the art form that they possess.

The collection of performances is a scientifically designed experience journey that guarantees transformative moments and resolution of questionings, doubts that we harbor in our heart in the human journey.

Nandini Guha

Nandini Guha

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