Curated by Tejaswini NIranjana
Performers: Rutuja Lad, Bindhumalini Narayanswamy, Omkarnath Havaldar
Chow Yiu-Fai,Natalie Yuen
Telephone: 2616-7436；email: [email protected]
Hosted by：West Heavens, Lingnan University
Supported by Moonchu Foundation
In November 2016, a video installation, authored by film-maker Surabhi Sharma and cultural theorist Tejaswini Niranjana, and titled "Riyaaz' (practice), was exhibited at the 11th Shanghai Biennale. As a collateral event of the Biennale, a series of workshops and performances called 'The Space of Riyaaz' took place, involving Indian and Chinese music.
Building on the collaborative energies of the November 2016 project, the Saath-Saath Project, extending over three years, will aim to achieve new collaborative outcomes with the participation of Indian and Chinese musicians. The Hindi word Saath means ‘together’.
The overall objective is to generate a strong interest in thinking through questions of cultural practice in Mainland China and Hong Kong with the inputs of scholars and musicians from India. A long-term goal would be to enlarge the scope of critical social science-humanities scholarship through connecting to the ways in which cultural practices like music-making help us interrogate the contemporary moment. What is our relationship to the past as we envisage it in Asia? What does it mean to acquire the skills to perform Indian classical music or play the pipa or act in Kunqu opera today? What do modes of performance and musical teaching styles in India and China tell us about how we relate to our everyday worlds? The first step in exploring some of these questions would be to develop collaborative conversations between musicians. The Saath-Saath Project enlists Indian and Chinese performers to open up avenues of musical conversation.