Reminder: Culture Cafe presents Gender and Cross Media Encounters and a performance of "Walk" by Maya Krishna Rao
School of Media and Cultural Studies,
Tata Institute of Social Sciences
invites you to
Gender and Cross Media Encounters
and a performance of
Maya Krishna Rao
Date: 1st August, 2014
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Venue: Room No. 5, TISS Main Campus,
V.N. Purav Marg, Deonar, Mumbai - 400088
About the presentation
The talk is a scan of the 20 odd years of Maya Rao's theatre journey with a focus on how theme and medium informed each other in the process of performance making. The talk will include video clips, description, analysis and reflection on what it meant for a solo woman theatre artist to collaborate with sound and video designers in creating performances of different genres – Dance – theatre, Socio-political cabaret, Comedy and educational theatre. This will be followed by a performance titled “Walk” which has been prepared in response to the brutal gang rape and subsequent death of the young physiotherapy intern.
About Maya Krishna Rao
Maya Krishna Rao is a professor at the Department of Arts,
Design and Theatre at the Shiv Nadar University where she is currently
designing an Applied Theatre graduate programme, slated to start in 2015. She
creates her own performances, sometimes solo, at other times, collaboratively
with sound, space designers and film makers. She engages school children and
teachers in the use of drama as a teaching device in the classroom. Maya also
performs stand-up comedy. Amongst her shows that have travelled to different
countries and have been received with acclaim are “Khol Do”, “The Job”, “A
Deeper Fried Jam”, “Heads Are Meant For Walking Into”, “The Non-Stop Feel Good
Show”, “Ravanama”, and her latest, “Walk”, made in response to the horrific
gangrape and subsequent death of the young physiotherapy intern.
In 2006, Maya was invited by the NCERT to be a member of a 3 person committee to create a drama syllabus for Class 1 -12. She has been the subject of a Doordarshan documentary titled, “Portrait of Maya Krishna Rao” (1997). She was also featured in a NBT publication, “Women Who Dared” (2002) , edited by Ritu Menon, as one of twenty notable living Indian Women. Maya has received the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for Acting in 2010.
About Culture Cafe
Hosted by the School of Media and Cultural Studies, Culture Cafe is a space for dialogue on issues concerning media, culture and society. It features film screenings, discussions, performances and other events that move us to think critically, discuss actively and enjoy ourselves!
Check out MID DAY’s pre-event coverage of the talk and performance here – “A walk with Maya Krishna Rao” (26th July 2014).
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