Curated by Sadanand Menon, a close collaborator of Chandralekha, an exhibition of archival photographs of the legendary dancer/ choreographer and her choreographic works spanning 20 years, will give a glimpse of her pioneering work in contemporary Indian dance. Her inspirational work with femininity, gender and the body in the late 20th century continues to be relevant, and with the theme of this edition rooted in the political body, her work forms a central component of the festival.
Sadanand Menon is an arts editor, teacher of cultural journalism, photographer, stage lights designer and speaker at seminars on politics, ecology and the arts. He is currently Adjunct Faculty, Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, and he also teaches at IIT, Madras. A close associate of legendary choreographer Chandralekha, he is deeply involved with issues concerning contemporary Indian dance.
The exhibition at IGNITE! 2016 has been supported by Pro-Helvetia – Swiss Arts Council.