The Genders of Indian Music

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - Wednesday, March 8, 2017
10:00 AM - 06:00PM

Nāsaḥdyaḥ (Ardhanaarishwar)

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