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Appeasing Radhika
Start Date: 11/19/2016Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Date: 11/19/2016End Time: 9:00 PM
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Event Description:
Malini Srinivasan and Dancers presents

Appeasing Radhika
Work in Progress & Talk Back with the artists


Appeasing Radhika is an ambitious new project that seeks to investigate the relevance of Devadasi lives and literature in classical Indian performing art forms. Appeasing is collaboration between choreographer Malini Srinivasan, composer/violinist Arun Ramamurthy, singer Roopa Mahadeven, director Arpita Mukherjee, scriptwriter Madhuri Shekar, and composer Nivedita Shivraj. The performance explores the many connections between three strong female characters: the title character Radhika, the writer Muddupalani, and her 20th century champion Nagarathnamma. The performance is based on the controversial 18th century text, The Appeasement of Radhika written by Muddupalani. Muddupalani was a Devadasi, a woman of the South Indian community of dancers, musicians and writers. In 1911, Nagaratnamma, also a Devadasi, re-published The Appeasement of Radhika in its entirety. In this hostile cultural environment, the text was labeled ‘obscene’ and was banned for its frank eroticism by a woman author. The performance explores the inter-connectedness of the vocal, dance and poetic traditions as well the multiple contexts for Carnatic dance and music through the ages. Appeasing Radhika was supported by New Music USA, made possible by annual program support and/or endowment gifts from Helen F. Whitaker Fund, Aaron Copland Fund for Music.

Saturday, November 19 at 6pm
Rose Nagelberg Theater
All are welcome! $20 Suggested donation at the door.

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Contact Information:
Name: Baruch Performing Arts Center
Phone: (646) 312-5073
Email: performingartscenter@baruch.cuny.edu
Appeasing Radhika
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  • Baruch Performing Arts Center

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