Vaama is a one-day “Women in Arts” festival organised by SPCKraft, an inter-disciplinary art collective founded and led by performing artist Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee. Vaama is a prelude to International Women Day andis taking place at 229, Jodhpur Park Road (Rooftoop Venue) which has been one of the popular rooftop venues for popular international women’s day concerts and other events showcasing various artists, both aspiring and stalwarts.
The event will be inaugurated by media personality Chaitali Dasgupta and actor Riddhi Sen. We will also have with us Monisha Pailan, the acid attack survivor for the inauguration.
Post the inauguration, the event will host the SHEkraft Awards, honouring a few eminent women artistes of our city. The names include Sukhtara Lal (Drama Therapist), Sharoni Poddar (singer in Miliputs), Sauraseni Maitra (Actor) and Paramita Saha (Entrepreneur and Artist). Vaama also welcomes some of the cast members of the upcoming film “Mukherjeeder Bou” directed by Pritha Chakraborty, to share a few word about this creative venture.
Vaama was conceptualised with the objective to showcase women who belong from multiple art arenas like oration, painting, music, dance and pottery. The evening will witness the following artist performances:
- Self-composed spoken word poetry by spoken word artist Ananyaa Bhowmik
- Kathak fusion dance by danseuse Anwesha Khashnabis
- Western music in Ukelele by singer Srijani Roy Chowdhury
- Harmonica by Mandira Ghosh
- Self-composed songs by keyboard player/singer Sudakshina Dey
There’s more! Vaama also showcases creative artwork of the city’s upcoming artists and artisans. The exhibition includes painting by Namrata Karmakar, reserve glassware deco art by Daksha Popat, creative gamcha artwork by Tri, artistic works of Mahua Lahiri who is reviving Kolkata’s traditional kantha work and pottery by a young artist Sneha Bagchi. These young and aspiring women, represent a part of the creative talent-pool of Kolkata, who are eager to take their craft forward and inspire other women artists as well.
Commenting on this occasion, SPCKraft’s founder Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee asserted, “We have decided to commemorate Women’s Day by felicitating these youngsters, because for us, they represent the times we live in. They are talented and passionate in what they do. The idea of the award ceremony is to recognize women who celebrate their art with a heart”.
Musician-vocalist Madhuwanti Basu, who made arrangements forherrooftop-venue for the event, said, “I am glad that I could host this on my rooftop, which has earlier been a meeting point of artistes.”Vaama also presents two in-house productions by scripted and performed by SPCKraft members, “The Forbidden She” and “Entity”, both bringforth unheard feminine voices across the ages.