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'Umrao & Me' @ CC Amstel, Amsterdam

‘Umrao & Me’ is an innovative lecture performance in which the artist shares personal letters written by her to Umrao Jaan Ada - the legendary 19th century ‘tawaif’ performer (courtesan) from India.

Inspired by the beautiful works of Zadie Smith, Siri Hustvedt, Saba Dewan, Ali Smith and Chris Kraus;
the letters reflect on the shifting identity of the female performer over the past 150 years and tackle the questions of agency, obsession, male & female gaze, morality, body shaming and politics of art.

Duration: 35 minutes

Script & Performance: Nikita Maheshwary
Dramaturg: Paul de Bruyne