The Genders of Indian Music
Courtesy Prof Richard Widdess
The inspiration for this exciting exhibition is to be found in the fact that since ancient Vedic times, the people of South Asia have seen and worshipped SHAKTI as the feminine force and the other half of Shiva - masculine energy later represented in the concept of ARDHANAARISHWAR - the image of Shiva and Shakti (Parvati) as one body – half man half woman - symbolising the equality of male and female as one – the unity and inseparability of masculine and female energies driving the universe. The union of Shiva and Shakti is symbolised in their cosmic dance.
The exhibition explores the different qualities and energies that men and women have brought to the evolution of Indian music and looks at
Divine musicians - Human musicians – how music is seen as being feminine and masculine - gendered musical spaces - contesting gender - impact of colonialism and globalisation
Expertly written story boards are illustrated with the use of images - audio-visual recordings.
There will be workshops with UDAY BHAWALKAR (dhrupad) accompanied by Chitrangana Agle Reshwal (the first female pakhawaj player of modern times) and MANJIRI ASANARE KELKAR ( khyal) accompanied on tabla by Sanjay Deshpande. ARUNA NARAYAN KALLE daughter of the illustrious Pt Ramnarayan will talk about the instrument and its history and her role as the first female sarangi player.
A SYMPOSIUM is planned in partnership with the Forum for South Asian Music and Dance (Institute for Music Research) with the presentation of academic papers and discussion on the theme of GENDERS OF INDIAN MUSIC
Academic advisory panel: Prof Katherine Schofield; Prof Richard Widdess; Prof Anna Morcom; Dr Neil Sorrell; Dr Richard Williams; Prof Jim Kippen