Friends in Chennai, you are warmly invited to the screening of 'Naach' (The Dance) on Monday, July 16, 6pm at the Russian Centre of Science & Culture, 74 Kasturi Ranga Road, Alwarpet, Chennai.
I will be present to introduce the film and for post screening discussion.
The programme is part of the 5th Samsung Women's Film Festival organized annually in Chennai http://inkocentre.org/5thswiff/index.html
Naach (TheDance) - Synopsis
The Sonpurcattle fair in rural Bihar comes alive every evening when more than fifty girlstake to the stage and dance for an all male audience. A barbed wire fenceseparates the performers from the spectators.
Originally partof the nautanki, a popular folk theatre genre of north India, the dance of thefemale performer today has become a replay of Bombay films and music videosthat span rural and metropolitan landscape. It is a performance charged withsexual energy. The girls dance, make eye contact, beckon, gesticulate and evenabuse a highly responsive all male audience.
What meaningsrelated to contemporary construction and practice of gender, sexuality, labourand popular culture can we read in the dance of the female performer?
Title:Naach (The Dance)
Yearof Production: 2008
Contact:Aakar, A-19, Gulmohar Park, New Delhi 110049
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A-19, Gulmohar Park
New Delhi -110049