Gauhar

Gauhar

February 2-3, 2018 in 3400 Main St, Houston TX

February 10, 2018 in Mexican Heritage Plaza, San Jose. February 11, 2018 in Cubberley Theater, Palo Alto

Sukanya Chakrabarti, Actor

Written by: Mahesh Dattani. Directed by: Lillette Dubey.

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GAUHAR traces the story of one of India's first mass media superstars at the turn of the last century!

An Armenian Christian who later converted to Islam, Gauhar Jaan was a naturally gifted musician with a wide repertoire. One of the earliest women artists who seized the opportunity that came with the advent of recording technology, hers was the first Indian voice to be recorded in 1902, and during her life, she cut close to 600 records, with her fame travelling as far as Europe, with her face emblazoned on matchboxes and postcards!

GAUHAR lays bare her life with all its attendant myths, legends, and folklore, some of which are recorded, some apocryphal; as well as the times during which she lived and made exquisite music.

Her independent lifestyle and feisty nature symbolise the indomitable spirit of the resurgent women musicians of her time, and her high – pitched and flirtatious announcement - 'My name is Gauhar Jaan', at the end of all her recordings, epitomises a milestone in the history of Indian classical music, one that would change forever its content, structure and style of presentation.

 

Welcome

Sukanya Thumbnail I received my doctoral degree in Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford in June 2016. My dissertation, completed under the guidance of Dr. Jisha Menon, was awarded the Charles R. Lyons Memorial Prize for Outstanding Dissertation. My research project was supported by the Graduate Research Opportunities Award in Stanford, which facilitated my fieldwork in India and Bangladesh during the summer of 2013 and 2014; and the Wisch Fellowship by the Center for South Asia, Stanford University, for my work in South Asian theater and performance studies. I identify as an artist-scholar, and my training and specialization are in the area of oral history; postcolonial and ethnic studies (with a focus on South Asian performance studies); ethnomusicology; dramatic literature; transcultural theater and performance; experimental devised performances; and community-based performance-making.

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