Women in Art and Culture

5 March, 2020 - 30 March, 2020
VENUE: Bangalore International Centre

On the occasion of Women’s History Month, the Museum of Art & Photography in collaboration with the Bangalore International Centre is hosting a special edition of its lecture series called ‘Women in Art & Culture’ by four Indian women prominent in their respective fields.


Thursday, 5 March 2020


Chronicles of the Phantom Lady: Humour, wit and subversion in Feminist Art




7 pm – 8.30 pm
Refreshments 6.30 pm


Notable visual artist, writer and curator, Pushpamala N. talks on what being a woman artist has meant while exploring histories and ideas of feminist art and what these labels mean.

Pushpamala N. is a photo-and video-performance artist, sculptor, writer and curator. Starting her exploration with photo and video in the 1990s, Pushpamala N. is known for her strongly feminist work. Interested in history and cultural memory, she explores political and social enquiries through her work, incorporating and questioning familiar frames from art history, photography, film, theatre and popular culture. She has received several honours for her work including the National Award; the gold medal at the Sixth New Delhi Triennale; the Charles Wallace Trust Fellowship for residency at St. Martin’s School of Art, London and the Senior Fellowship, Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development. Her work has been recently exhibited at the FotoFest Biennale, Houston; Kamloops Art Gallery, British Columbia; National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai and Maximilian’s Forum, Munich. 



Saturday, 14 March 2020


Behind the Camera: On Being a Woman Director




5:30 pm – 7 pm
Refreshments 5 pm


Prominent actor and filmmaker, Nandita Das, speaks from her personal experiences on what it means to be a ‘woman director’, while exploring the idea of a female gaze, the realities of sexism and more.

Nandita Das has acted in more than 40 feature films in 10 different languages. Her directorial debut in 2008 was Firaaq. She was on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival twice, among others. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work and is a strong advocate for social justice and human rights. She was conferred the ‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’ by the French Government. Das was the Chairperson of the Children’s Film Society and wrote a monthly column for 8 years in the Indian magazine, The Week. Manto, Nandita’s second directorial film premiered in 2018 at the Cannes Film Festival and travelled to many others around the world. It can be watched on Netflix. Her first book Manto & I chronicles her six-year journey of making the film. 



Thursday, 26 March 2020


Tradition and Change




7 pm – 8.30 pm
Refreshments 6.30 pm


Famed Bharatanatyam exponent, Malavika Sarukkai, brings to life the stories behind the choreography and explores gender in dialogue with classical dance. 

Malavika Sarukkai is an Indian classical dancer and choreographer specialising in Bharatanatyam. She has performed at many places in India and abroad, including the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and at Chicago. She is acclaimed globally for her creative dance choreographies, which transport the viewer to the heartbeat of dance, taking dance beyond specific geographies. A 2002 winner of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, she was honoured by the Government of India in 2003 with the Padma Shri. Sarukkai is also a recipient of the Kalaimamani title from the Government of Tamil Nadu and other awards such as Mrinalini Sarabhai Award, Nrityachoodamani title, Sanskriti award and the Haridas Sammelan award. 



Monday, 30 March 2020


Storytelling Women




7 pm – 8.30 pm
Refreshments 6.30 pm


Celebrated author, Anita Nair, talks about what compels her to write stories and what makes writing about women – their lives, inner worlds, as well as their relationships with men and other women – special.  

Anita Nair is the bestselling and critically acclaimed author of the novels The Better Man, Ladies Coupé, Mistress, Lessons in Forgetting, Idris: Keeper of the Light and Alphabet Soup for Lovers. She has also authored a crime series featuring Inspector Gowda. Nair’s other books include a collection of poems titled Malabar Mind, a collection of essays titled Goodnight & God Bless and six books for children. She has also written two plays and the screenplay for the movie adaptation of her novel Lessons in Forgetting which was part of the Indian Panorama at IFFI 2012 and won the National Film Award in 2013. A recipient of several awards, including the Central Sahitya Akademi award and the Crossword Prize, her books have been translated into over 31 languages around the world. She is also the founder of the creative writing and mentorship program Anita’s Attic.


All the events are in collaboration with the Bangalore International Centre.