Project 88 | IFA grantees presentation, 7 November 2013

Posted On:Tuesday, October 29th, 2013 | by project88newsadmin

India Foundation for the Arts, in collaboration with Project 88, takes pleasure in inviting you to the showcase of two grants on 7 November 2013 in Mumbai.

An audio-visual presentation by Epsita Halder on her study of the narrative of the Battle of Karbala across different districts of West Bengal
A lecture-demonstration by Ashavari Majumdar on her experiments
with Kathak through a performance based on the story of Surpanakha

On Thursday, 7 November  at 7 pm
at Project 88, BMP Building, Ground Floor, N A Sawant Rd, Colaba.

Do join us for refreshments at 6:30pm before the presentations begin.

For details, write to Jigna Padhiar at or call her on 9619842954.


Epsita is a professor of comparative literature at Jadavpur University in Kolkata. She also likes telling stories in words and visuals. Epsita will make an audio-visual presentation on her study of the Muharram traditions across different districts of West Bengal.
Ashavari is a dancer and choreographer trained under Kathak maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj. She received a grant to choreograph a performance based on the story of Surpanakha. Her performance sees the character of Surpanakha through many lenses—as a beautiful woman, an ugly rakshasi and a victim of patriarchal norms, among others—each representative of a different version of the Ramayana. Through her performance Ashavari has sought to contest traditional Kathak’s polar understanding of characters as either heroes or non-heroes.
We hope you can make it and look forward to seeing you at these events!