Bindhumalini Narayanaswamy and Sahabari Rao

Performance 30min

Singing Body is an improvisational performance score that brings movement and sound together through the common modality of breath. It explores a meditative, mindful, contemplative journey through movement and stillness, sound and silence that unfolds from a place of conscious listening both internally and externally.

Shabari Rao is an artist and academic from Bangalore, India. Her work is rooted in practice-based research and engages with education, mental health, gender, and the environment. The body plays a central role in her process, which is collaborative and emergent in nature and takes the shape of performing, directing, curating, teaching, writing, and more recently, experimental film and audio work. Over the last 20 years her work has been presented through conferences, festivals, residencies, and publications, in cities across the world such as Sydney, Shanghai, Kathmandu, Singapore, London, New York and several cities in India. Her current projects include being the lead researcher for Open Invitation which is a multi-art, yearlong collaboration with Sonic Matter, Zurich; and Still Standing 4 which is a 12-hour immersive performance experience that builds on her previous work on stillness and has been commissioned by HelloEarth, Sweden.

Bindhumalini Narayanaswamy is an award winning singer, composer. Bindhu, trained in both South and North Indian classical forms, constantly strives to explore avenues outside of her strict classical roots to other forms and traditions in search of the pure soul stirring power that music has. This has given form to a more easy yet confident personal style for her as a performer. Suno Bhai is her first music album created in collaboration with Vedanth Bharadwaj. She has journeyed to various hamlets, villages, cities and countries sharing the songs and poems of the mystic saints of India in different languages. She directed music for feature and documentary films in Tamil, Kannada and other languages. Bindhumalini has expanded her craft, community and repertoire through collaborations like The Threshold, Khusrau ke rang, Akath Kahani, Saath-Saath and many more. „Singing Body“ is her current pet project that is growing slowly and steadily.
She won the National Award and Filmfare Award as Best Singer for the songs she created and sang in the film Nathicharami.
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