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Wild Women in Verse and Unpacking Yellamma
April 27, 4:00 pm
Wild Women in Verse: Lal Ded, Andal, Akka Mahadevi, Muktabai, Janabai and more
Talk and Poetry Reading by Ranjit Hoskote, Priya Sarukkai Chabria, H. S. Shivaprakash & Jerry Pinto
4.00 pm to 6.00 pm
Four noted poet-translators will introduce women mystics from four languages. Poet, critic and cultural theorist Ranjit Hoskote explores the enigma that is Lal Ded, the legendary wise woman of Kashmiri mysticism. Poet and novelist Priya Sarukkai Chabria presents Andal, the fascinating female figure of Tamil Vaishnava literature, and her poetry of passion. Poet, playwright and scholar H. S. Shivaprakash introduces and reads his translations of the major and lesser-known women mystics of the Kannada vachana tradition. Finally, poet and novelist Jerry Pinto will read his translations from an assortment of women poets of the vibrant varkari tradition of Maharashtra, from Muktabai and Bahinabai to Janabai and Kanhopatra.
Unpacking Yellamma: The Goddess Archives
by Shilpa Mudbi Kothakota & Adithya Kothakota
Musical Presentation and Conversation
6.00 pm to 6.45 pm
In a lively session, interspersed with rousing folk music, filmmaker, theatre practitioner and vocalist Shilpa Mudbi Kothakota, along with co-founder of the Urban Folk Project, Adithya Kothakota, explores the myth of a fiery folk goddess. The blazing narrative of Yellamma, the deity of the devadasis and the jogathis (transgender people), is kept alive through these folk songs that are over 1500 years old.
An NCPA Presentation
Late entry will not be permitted.