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'Umrao & Me' @ Ashoka University

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As a part of the {exchange X explore} initiative, ‘Umrao & Me’ is set for its Indian premiere at the Ashoka University.

Umrao&Me is an innovative lecture performance that investigates the agency of a female performer and traces the shifting identity of women in the arts.

During the performance, Nikita shares with the audience personal letters she wrote to the legendary Indian tawaif performer (courtesan) Umrao Jaan Ada reflecting on what it means to be a woman artist in present day society. The letters tackle questions of agency, male and female gaze, morality, body shaming and politicisation of dance.

Duration: 30 minutes
Text & Performance: Nikita Maheshwary
Dramaturg: Paul De Bruyne