DIGAMBARIM - the body alone
@Cube Culture, Kolkata
Live media participatory performance by Francesca Fini, Pradip Chaterjee and Janardian Ghosh.
Ritual and chanting Vidyapati Chakroborty. Photos by Drohoj Pothik and Eshan Sil. Video documentation coordination Aaron Ghosh. Production by Culture Monks and Sudipta Dawn, in association with Cube Culture and Italian Embassy Cultural Centre.
"DIGAMBARIM - the body alone", with Francesca Fini is a interdisciplinary performance project involving artists from Kolkata and Rome, using mixed media and storytelling to create a new live art experience. It explores the role of the feminine and her relationship with the society, in context of its past, present and the future.
The performance premiered at Cube Culture, Kolkata. This performance also marks the opening of an unique & exciting space in the Kolkata’s culture scene, which opens its door to live art and other creative pursuits.
“O Mother, even a dullard becomes a poet who meditates upon thee raimented with space, three-eyed, creatrix of the three worlds, whose waist is beautiful with a girdle made of numbers of dead men’s arms, and who on the breast of a corpse, as thy couch in the cremation ground, enjoyest Mahakala – Karpuradistotra, VII (Woodroffe tr).”
The performance is a combination of storytelling narrative and mixed media art, is based on an avatar of Kali, the destroyer and a symbol of Shakti – the power of the feminine, of destruction of the old and the creation of the new. The story is of the relationship of a daughter and father which is symbolic of the duel between the traditional overarching power of patriarchy from which the postmodern woman negotiates to modify and hence express her identity. The performance also explores this relationship in a post human world, an age which is becoming.
This performance brings together 3 diverse artists and has been curated by Culture Monks.
Francesca Fini, who is a performance artist and based in Rome, Italy. She is one of the most significant practitioners of interdisciplinary art in Europe. Her work which is highly experimental in nature, and often deals with the concept of ‘divine femininity’, the perception of woman and issues related in her various struggles and existence in the western society.
Janardan Ghosh is a theatre practitioner, storyteller and a performer from Kolkata, who has been experimenting with both forms and themes in his performances, has been exploring the the semantic of Kali in contemporary context though performances. Indeed much of the past work has explored the themes of spirituality, myth, gender, sexuality and society, and this is a continuation of this process.
Pradip Chaterjee is a musician who experiments with atonal music in performances and has been interacting with sound and performance art, thereby creating a new aural experience.