Remembering Veenapani Festival
Remembering Veenapani Festival
Remembering Veenapani Festival is an annual event in remembrance of Veenapani Chawla, the founder of Adishakti Laboratory for Theatre Art Research, where performers from across the country come together to commemorate her life and work.
Launched in 2015, Remembering Veenapani Festival is Adishakti’s way of continuing, disseminating and expanding the work and vision of the founder. Remembering Veenapani, which could not take place in 2020 and 2021 owing to the pandemic, returned in April 2022 for a month-long 40th anniversary celebration of Adishakti, which was founded in 1981.
The ninth edition of the Remembering Veenapani Festival was held between 05 and 13 April 2023 at Adishakti Theatre. Highlights at the festival included an interactive session called Adishakti Gupshup that gave a glimpse into the creative journeys behind each show, an inaugural performance called “Women, Sexuality and Song” by Hindustani vocalist Shubha Mudgal, a solo performance called “Notion(s): In Between You and Me” by theatre actor Savita Rani, an interactive performance called “A Lullaby to Wake up” by Aditya Rawat, concerts by Hindustani vocalist Siddhartha Belmannu and Tenma’s Kootali band and much more.
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How To Get There
How to reach Puducherry/Adishakti
Flights to Puducherry Airport are available from Hyderabad and Bengaluru. Connecting flights from other cities are also available. Alternatively, you can take a flight to Chennai Airport and travel to Puducherry by road. It’s a three-hour journey by bus and a two-and-a-half-hour journey by car. From Bengaluru, there are direct buses to Puducherry, which take approximately seven hours. The Adishakti Campus is 8 km from Puducherry and is 100 metres off the Chennai-Tindivanam-Puducherry/Bengaluru-Tindivanam-Puducherry Highway. You can reach Adishakti by auto-rickshaw.
Items & Accessories to Carry
1. Mosquito repellent for outdoor performances.
2. The weather in Puducherry during summer is hot, humid and warm. Pack light and airy cotton clothes.
3. A sturdy water bottle, if the festival has refillable water stations, and if the venue allows bottles to be taken inside.
4. Comfortable footwear. Sneakers (a perfect option if it’s not likely to rain) or boots (but make sure they are worn in).
5. COVID packs: Hand sanitiser, extra masks and a copy of your vaccination certificate are things you should keep handy.
About Adishakti Laboratory for Theatre Art Research
Adishakti Laboratory for Theatre Art Research
The Adishakti Laboratory for Theatre Art Research is a contemporary theatre research and repertory…
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