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Under The Raintree women's cultural festival

November 2 & 3, 2019

Bangalore International Centre (BIC)




7:00 pm: ‘Kinetographie’ a mixed media choreography centered around the female body by Madhu Nataraj and the STEM Dance Kampni, with eminent musicians & designers.


12.00 pm: Meditative Art: Workshop by Shan Re

Free Entry

10:00 am: Welcome & Inaugural - Opening performance by Mia Makhija


10:20 am: Keynote Address by Nicole Girard, Consul General for Canada in Bengaluru​

10:30 am: 'Shakti': feminine phenomenon by Natya Stem

10:35 am: "The Body Dynamic in Vilasini Natyam - Dimensions of Contextual Power, Space & Agency" - performance by Dr. Anupama Kylash


11:05 am: 'An Equal Balance’- Leadership insights by Ambassador Latha Reddy, Co-Chair, Global Commission on the Stability of Cyberspace, Dr Shalini Rajneesh, IAS, Revathy Ashok, CEO, B.PAC, Geetha Panda, Novartis, Nina Nair, Senior Vice President & HRD Head (India & Americas), [24], anchored by Sandhya Mendonca, Founder & MD, Raintree Media


12.00 pm: ‘Pioneering Feminism’ Volga, author in conversation with Mamta Sagar, poet

2:00 pm: 'Open and Shut' - Shabari Rao in a one-woman performance on how women in positions of systemic power negotiate multiple, opposing demands. A Stepping Stones project by Zubaan 


3:00 pm: Science Cafe, presented by the Bangalore Life Science Cluster: 

  • 'Getting Under Our Skin' by Dr. Srikala Raghavan, Cell Biologist & Associate Professor, InStem

  • 'Connecting with Nature' by Dr. Shannon Olsson, Chemical Ecologist & Associate Professor, NICE-NCBS

3:00 pm: Presentations by Contest winners: Literary, dance & music

4:00 pm: Music feature by Mia Makhija

5:00 pm: Dance feature by students of Garden City University

5:00 pm: 'Journalism & Culture in contentious times' - with Kalpana Sharma, CG Manjula, Rohini Mohan, Sharda Ugra, Session Anchor: Ammu Joseph

All Day: Exhibition of edgy, alternative art, books, stalls & more

Activities for kids

10:00 am: Culture for Children:

Kathak Performance by Natya STEM's children’s repertory

Music by students from SaPa

Mallakhamba - aerial yoga by Savitribai Phule Mahila Mallakhamba Team, Kambadoli

​2:00 pm: Activities for kids: Puppet making by Jayashree Raju, Storytelling by Ramya Srinidhi

Stories through games - Seema Karanth

Headline Dance Performance
Headline Music Performance

7.15 pm: ‘Stri Shakti & Bhakti’ - musical feature by Chandanabala Kalyan


7.30 pm: Introducing a brand new, all-women band ‘Metronome Station’: Manasi Prasad, vocals, Siri Narayan, rap, Shalini Mohan, bass guitar, Padma Priya, keyboard, Sumana Chandrashekar, ghatam & Priya Andrew, drums.

Workshop & Open Mic

11:00 am: Creative Movement Therapy Workshop by Creative Movement Therapy Association of India


12:00 pm: Open mic - poetry/ music/ performances

Free Entry

10:30 am: 'Thus She Spake' - presented by All Ladies League


10:30 am: Film Screening  - ‘Driving with Selvi’ 
 is an award-winning documentary on South India’s first woman taxi driver. Directed, produced and filmed by Canada-based Elisa Paloschi. The screening is followed by a Q & A with Selvi, whose ‘story that can spark a change in someone’s life’.

11:45 am: Film Screening  - ‘If Sita Could’
is an experimental documentary short film. Screening is followed by a Q & A with filmmaker, Padmalatha, who says, “this is my way of reclaiming public spaces.”


11:15 am: ‘How to be Whole & Well' discussion with Kalpana Rao, actor & motivational speaker, Seethalakshmi S, Chief Mission Officer, Antardhwani & journalist, & Pragya Bhagat, author & spoken word poet

1:30 pm: Film Screening: 'BAFTA 2019 Shorts'
Live-action and animation short film nominees from the UK.

A British Council International Touring Programme, in association with the British Academy of Film and Television Awards. 


3:30 pm: Film Screen: 'Fill the Void' 
Focused on the Haredi Jewish community in Tel Aviv, it is written and directed by Rama Burshtein. The film has won seven Israeli Academy Awards, and lead actor Hadas Yaron won Best Actress at the Venice Film Festival.


2:00 pm: 'Hidimbi': Anuradha HR  in a solo performance that borrows instances from the epics and explores power and domination through the lenses of gender, hierarchy, power, social and cultural impunity. A Stepping Stones project by Zubaan


3:00 pm: ‘Femme Fearless’ literary panel: Priya Alika Elias, author ‘Besharam’, Nisha Susan, writer-editor & co-founder The Ladies Finger, Arathi HN, Senior Programme Executive, Doordarshan, anchored by Prathibha Nandakumar, author-journalist-filmmaker


4:00 pm: Skore OH! Stand-Up Comedy by Shrirupa Sengupta


​4:30 pm: 'The Memory Bill' - stand-up act and theatre by Padmalatha Ravi, A Stepping Stones project by Zubaan


​5:30 pm: Project Eve ‘Real Women' Fashion walk, choreographed by Chitra Ganapathy, with a special appearance by 'Nrityakosh'


6.30 pm: Address by Padma Shri Prathibha Prahlad, renowned classical dancer

All Day: Exhibition of edgy, alternative art, books, stalls & more

Activities for kids

10:00 am: The art of story writing - Aparna Raman Creative public speaking - A R Sara ​; Act / enact - exploring theatre games and acting - Ramya Srinidhi

Art and craft - Jayashree Raman

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