As part of the 10th The International Association of Women in Radio and Television (IAWRT) Asian Women’s Film Festival, a seminar celebrating art and resistance by women in South Asia will be held on International Women’s Day, at Goethe Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan, New Delhi.
The event is organised around the question of how do women artists and activists in South Asia strategise and survive in repressive environments living as they do in a world of suicide bombing, drone attacks, and ruthless militarism in different names and guises. What is the power of art and social activism, if it can be swept away by guns, bombs, violence and bigotry?
To discuss and debate these issues, IAWRT has invited leading South Asian writers, poets, artists, performers and activists to share their experiences and journeys amongst themselves, and with an interactive audience. Participants include some of the most eminent artists and activists from South Asia:
From Pakistan: Salima Hashmi (artist and activist), Fahmida Riaz (poet), Nahid Siddiqui (Kathak performer) and Amar Sindhu (poet)
From Bangladesh: Hana Shams Ahmed (activist)
From Sri Lanka: Priya Thangarajah (activist)
From India: Anita Dube (sculptor and curator), Sheba Chhachhi (filmmaker and artist), Chitra Ganesh (artist), Mithu Sen (artist), Sabeena Gadihoke (photographer and cameraperson), Urvashi Butalia (publisher and writer), Uma Chakravarti (feminist historian), Kutti Revathi (poet), Mangai (theatre artist), Maya Krishna Rao (dancer and theatre artist) and Vasu Primlani (stand-up comic artist). A younger generation of activists will also engage in conversation with an older one, and these include Dolly Kikon (academic and activist), Parismita Singh (graphic novelist and artist), Gazala Peer (academic and activist).
A younger generation of activists will also engage in conversation with an older one, and these include Dolly Kikon (academic and activist), Parismita Singh (graphic novelist and artist), Gazala Peer (academic and activist).
The day-long event will feature four sessions: on the visual arts; on poetry, writing and performance; on political activism across generations; and on comedy and satire.
There will be lively performances, conversations, arguments, debates and analyses, closing with comic performances by Vasu Primlani and Maya Krishna Rao.