Nari tells the life stories of Lakshmi Shankar and her daughter Viji, two extraordinary artists who helped bring Indian music to the West in the 1970s through their close collaborations with Ravi Shankar, the world famous Indian composer and musician, and George Harrison, of The Beatles. As female artists trying to establish themselves in a male-dominated field, Lakshmi and Viji fought to overcome numerous challenges in both their artistic and personal lives as they found themselves catapulted from conservative Indian culture into the stratosphere of American rock and roll. Viji’s daughter Gingger Shankar commemorates their lives with a unique multimedia project as a posthumous tribute to her mother and grandmother.
In Sanskrit, ‘nari’ means both ‘woman’ and ‘sacrifice.’ This event will present a short film about Viji and Lakshmi followed by a multimedia performance blending film, archival footage, and never-before-seen family photos. Featuring live vocals, Indian percussion, and Gingger’s unique double violin, the audience can expect an entrancing performance of hip-hop and electronica infused with Viji’s never-before-heard recordings in the Hindustani vocal tradition.
CREATOR & DIRECTOR
(all in attendance)
Gingger Shankar is a singer, composer and the only woman in the world to play the double violin. She guested on Katy Perry’s last album, Prism, has toured with the Smashing Pumpkins and scored several award-winning films, including Passion of the Christ (2004) and Circumstance (2011). She is currently collaborating with director Duane Adler, Jay-Z and Roc Nation.
Vivek Maddala is an international award-winning composer and multi-instrument performer. He has scored numerous feature films, theatre, and dance produc- tions. He writes, produces, and performs with various rock/jazz/ world recording artists. He is a Sundance Institute Fellow for film composition, and has recently premiered work at the Cannes, Toronto, Berlin, and Sundance film festivals.