Singapore Creative Writing Residency Final Showcase - Dancing, Fighting, and Writing: Lessons from the body captured in words


Gitanjali Kolanad, the 2016 Singapore Creative Writing Resident, presents her final showcase marking the end of her six month residency where she has been working on her first novel, Girl Made of Gold. The novel explores the world of the devadasi, the hereditary temple dancer, in the 1920s. A reading of the new novel will be punctuated with performances by Kalaripayat artist Hans Wolfgramm and Bharata Natyam dancer Katyaini Reddy. This multidisciplinary showcase will also examine how Indian movement traditions bring a sensory awareness of time, space and the body that can enliven one's writing.

The Singapore Creative Writing Residency is co-organised by The Arts House and the National University of Singapore.

Author - Gitanjali Kolanad
Kalaripayat artist - Hans Wolfgramm
Bharata Natyam dancer - Katyaini Reddy
Percussionist - Benjamin Boo
Nattuvanar and vocal - Theeban Ganesh

About Gitanjali Kolanad
Gitanjali Kolanad turned to writing after more than forty years as a bharata natyam dancer, teacher and choreographer. Her work incorporated folk and ritual forms of dance, theatre and martial art forms from South India and has been performed in major cities around the world, including London, New York, Tokyo, Seoul, New Delhi, Mumbai, and Singapore. Earlier based in Canada, she moved to India to develop a performing arts program at Shiv Nadar University, Greater Noida. She completed her first short story collection, Sleeping with Movie Stars, by using words as if they were gestures in a dance. Presently she is working on her first novel, exploring the world of hereditary dancers in the 1920s, just as a new morality was bringing their lifestyle to an end.

About Benjamin Boo Chong Wei
Percussionist Benjamin Boo Chong Wei is a Master's graduate from the Royal College of Music, London. He strives to be an excellent all rounded Chinese and Western percussionist. He is also currently studying the mridangam, the South Indian drum. Benjamin works extensively with many local orchestras, musical ensembles and dance groups, including Singapore Chinese Orchestra, Singapore Symphony Orchestra, House of Music and Arts Fission.

About Hans Wolfgramm
Hans Wolfgramm began practicing kalaripayat, the ancient martial art form of South India, at the age of eight, along with the sport of fencing. Since then he has trained with renowned kalari masters, PA Binoy, Vijayan Gurukkal and Philip Zarrilli. As a performer and teacher, Hans synthesizes their different approaches, while drawing on his background in cognitive science and high performance sports to emphasize specificity of movement and focus. As a fencer he won multiple national silver medals, provincial titles, and represented Canada at the Under 20 World Championships, and the World University Games.

About Katyaini Reddy
Katyaini Reddy is a student of Raffles Girls’ School (Secondary) in Singapore. She commenced her Bharatanatyam training under the tutelage of Guru Maalika Girish Panicker at the age of six. Katyaini has completed her arrangetram and now performs regularly under the Aakash Ganga banner at various programs at community centers and Hindu temples in Singapore, as well as for local television channels and Indian Cultural events. She has been praised for the clean lines of her postures and the brightness and vivacity of her stage presence.

About Theeban Ganesh Theeban learned bharata natyam from several Gurus in Sri Lanka and Singapore and now continues his practice with Neela Satyalingam of Apsara Arts. His musical training began with his mother Bhageerathy Ganeshathurai and continues with respected gurus. He has completed the full margam in both disciplines. He performs, choreographs and composes, with acclaimed concerts in Colombo, at the University of Jaffna, at the Asian Summit in Cambodia, in Australia, Malaysia and India, as well as at Arts Festivals and cultural events in Singapore. He runs his own arts school “ARTWING” teaching Indian dance, music and keyboard. While dance and music are his passion, he is a Structural Design Engineer with over 10 years of professional experience in the Singapore building design industry.

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Sat Jan 21, 2017
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM SGT
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