Mukta: The Voices of Women Today
Mukta: The Voices of Women Today
Launched in 2022 by the Mumbai-based National Centre for the Performing Arts to celebrate 75 years of India’s Independence, Mukta: The Voices of Women Today is a three-day Indian classical music festival comprising performances conceptualised, composed and led by female artists.
Hindustani classical music vocalist Shubha Mudgal will present ‘Women, Sexuality, and Song’, a concert of works by “the great masters of Indian poetry”. The verses Mudgal will sing “convey stories of women, some full of sensuality and unabashed eroticism, others of the terrible, tragic challenges and stigmas” that they continue to face.
Saraswati veena player Jayanthi Kumaresh will stage ‘Shiva-Shakti’, a Karnatik classical music recital, with violin player Charulatha Ramanujam, mridangam player Patri Satishkumar and ghatam player Giridhar Udupa. It will show how “the supreme forces of the feminine and the masculine – the lasya and the tandava – intertwine aesthetically in the form of music”.
Hindustani classical exponent Kaushiki Chakraborty’s ’Tirianga’ will feature the singer along with an ensemble of north and south Indian classical and folk music vocalists and instrumentalists as well as students of the Symphony Orchestra of India Music Academy. The presentation will comprise pieces that musically depict the three colours of the Indian national flag, saffron, green and white.
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Watch performances conceptualised, composed and led by these female artists
How To Get There
How to Reach Mumbai
1. By Air: Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, formerly known as Sahar International Airport, is the primary international airport serving the Mumbai Metropolitan Area. It is situated about 30 km from CST Station. The domestic airport is in Vile Parle East. Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji has two terminals. Terminal 1 or the domestic terminal used to be the old airport called Santacruz Airport, and some locals still refer to it by this name. Terminal 2 or the international terminal replaced the old terminal 2, formerly known as the Sahar Airport. The Santa Cruz Domestic Airport is about 4.5 km from the international airport. There are regular direct flights to Mumbai easily available from other airports. Buses and cabs are easily available from the airport to reach desired destinations.
2. By Rail: Mumbai is very well connected to rest of India by train. The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is the most popular station in Mumbai. Trains to Mumbai are available from all major railway stations in India. Some important Mumbai trains to note are the Mumbai Rajdhani, Mumbai Duronto and the Konkan-Kanya Express.
3. By Road: Mumbai is well-connected with national highways and expressways. Getting to Mumbai by bus is the most economical for individual tourists. Government-run, as well as private buses, operate daily services. Travelling to Mumbai by car is a common choice made by travellers, and hailing a cab or hiring a private car is an efficient way of exploring the city.
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Items & Accessories to Carry
1. An umbrella and rainwear. Be prepared for the monsoon in Mumbai.
2. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations and the venue allows bottles to be taken inside.
3. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.
About National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA)
National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA)
Inaugurated in 1969, the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Mumbai, was “the…
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