Interstellar Indian Iconoclasts
Venue: CENTRAL LIBRARY, PATTO
Time: 10:30 – 20:00
This is a functional-art light-installation about the ways five Indian women have traversed physical, literal and conceptual ‘space’, far beyond the final frontiers.
1) KESARBAI KERKAR
The legendary Indian classical vocalist from Goa, whose recording of the raag Jaat Kahan Ho is inscribed on the Carl Sagan-curated Golden Record, aboard the Voyager space probe, which is currently travelling almost twelve billion miles away from Earth.
2) PERSIS KHAMBATTA
A former Miss India, model and actress who found global fame with her debut in Star Trek The Motion Picture, as the hybrid species Deltan navigator Lieutenant Ilia aboard the Starship Enterprise.
3) KALPANA CHAWLA
NASA Astronaut, logged 30 days, 14 hours, and 54 minutes in space over the course of her two missions. She was the first Indian woman to fly in space. On her second mission in 2003, the space shuttle disintegrated while trying to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere.
4) DR. USHA ADEBARAN SAGAR
A fictional character created by Otolith Group Artist Anjalika Sagar for the film-installations Otolith I & II. Anjalika utilizes an imaginary future to analyse the present, informed by the real-life meeting in 1973 in Moscow between the Russian cosmonaut Valentina Tereshkova, and Anjalika’s grandmother, Anasuya Gyan-Chand, who was President of the National Federation of Indian Women.
5) ASHA PUTHLI
Indian classical singer Asha Puthli’s space-themed song, “Space Talk” from her album The Devil Is Loose (1976), Space Talk was transmitted into deep space from Goonhilly, the British Satellite Earth Station, to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the moon landing in 2009.
Deepti Datt is an entertainment executive who has worked both in the US and India. She has worked extensively in the media industry, developing content, launching media brands, and successfully executing complex negotiations and productions. She is noted for being the ‘cultural bridge’ between Indian and foreign countries, for international projects with global media companies, such as: Lionsgate, Universal, MTV, Sony, Star TV Channel [V], Moser Baer, Vogue, IMG Fashion For Relief, and Ford & Elite. Her expertise lies in producing impactful and original content, from concept to execution and delivery; launching international media brands into the India footprint region; executing on complex, international negotiations and productions. She is passionate about innovative content that helps create a new market and value network, with organizations that include transformational social responsibility as a priority.
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