‘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