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Silicon Valley’s South Asian Theater Weaves Women’s Narratives into Performance

Women in performance art are playing a pivotal role in crafting compelling cultural narratives, whether in the roles of founders, directors, costume designers, set managers, or music directors, they are increasingly helming the process of creation, rather than jumping into something already created.  

This new positive and empowering image of women is what you will see in EnActe Arts’ latest initiative WEFT (Women EnActe for themselves). A brave space for women, it presents writers to exercise their craft under the guidance of qualified mentors. Women may make up 50% of the population, but the representation of women in the Arts hovers between 16% to 20% globally, and EnActe is doing its bit to redress the balance. Launched last year, WEFT is a fellowship program offering female-identifying writers a space in which to work under the guidance of a global, incredibly talented group of mentors to craft their stories, workshop them with professional talent and produce them under the EnActe banner. Mentors for the program include such seasoned artists as Anita Ratnam, Patty Gallagher, Susan McCully and Roberta Katz.

This week Reena Kapoor, EnActe’s first WEFT Fellow, opens a showcase of the four pieces she has written and produced through WEFT. Kapoor was born and raised in mostly urban India. “And while I have been gone from India for over 30 years, growing up there in the 70s and 80s was formative. It is a culture, a way of life, a social metaphysics that is not easily erased. Ironically while India, especially in the metros, has changed and moved on, the Indian diaspora I have encountered here continues to reenact much of what I had hoped was left behind. In fact, in some ways the diaspora holds on even tighter to all that is Indian – good, bad, and ugly,” says Kapoor. 

Her stories are informed by what she saw, and grew up within her own extended family and among friends–even in social circles that professed modernity. Kapoor says her story inspiration came from her “surprise, and often disappointment, at the rigid and less desirable attitudes that the Indian diaspora continues to abide by here. Women are expected to occupy, and often submitting to, prescribed roles, dictated by stricture and double standards that deserve to be rejected; and women repeatedly asked to sublimate their own desires and self-respect in service of meaningless tradition.”

The first play she wrote from this vantage is Art Of The Possible and is a somewhat humorous look at a situation where a young woman decides she can no longer sustain a marriage with her “perfect” husband and worse she cannot come up with a “good” enough reason why. What is she to do? 

Bollywood Rules: For Women is a rather tongue-in-cheek rap song about the inherent patriarchy in Indian films, starring a host of aspiring Bay Area talent – from professional actors to Arts Council members. Highlighting the “double standards for women that Bollywood films have long embraced. I do not wholly blame Bollywood; in my view, it reflects and yes, perhaps amplifies, what we hold dear. But we can protest, and powerfully mock it and hopefully, as a result, dismiss its focus and amplification,” adds Kapoor.

Art Of The Possible, a 45-minute play, explores the beautiful relationship between a nervous mother and a determined daughter as she plans to walk away from a marriage, not because there is anything wrong with either partner, but because she wants other things out of life. The play stars Anita Ratnam from Chennai, Shubhangi Kuchbhotla from Baltimore, Sreejith Nair from LA, and Anususya Rao from Bay Area.

Burned is a deeply resilient response by the victim of an acid attack, addressed to her attacker, in which she finds the courage to live to the fullest the life he has attempted to rob her of. Starring Yeshaswini Channaiah from Bangalore. 

Oasis is an epistolary piece that traces the thoughts and memories of a child abandoned by an abusive father as she navigates through childhood and adolescence and reaches precarious adulthood.

The narrative that weaves through all of Kapoor’s work is that of urgency. “My character is a woman of Indian origin who finds herself in a situation that was visited upon her and in which she suffers. But she doesn’t succumb to a narrative of victimhood and instead reclaims her voice and life. Her savior is not out there but within. She suffers — and yet SHE rises!” 

While WEFT is a dedicated space for the feminine lens, other EnActe initiatives explore female relationships too. As physical interaction shuts down in the new reality of the pandemic, the world has moved to virtual communication, opening up avenues of global collaboration amongst artists not possible before. In a bid to capture this COVID-dictated reality, and to provide a platform for artists to stay engaged and collaborate internationally, EnActe Arts, USA and Rage Productions, India launched a Festival of New Plays by accomplished and aspiring playwrights on the subject of love, life, and family in the pandemic-altered reality of today.

The second play in this series How It Happens, opening April 30th, explores the shifts in the relationship between two former high school friends connected by a dark past. Set against lockdown despair of the raging pandemic, a positivity influencer accuses an essayist of adolescent bullying, a story that burns through social media, destroying the fragile trust between COVID infected friends. Written by the Bangalore-based playwright Deepika Arwind and played by Bay Area’s Roshni Dutt and Sonia Balsara. 

More Info About WEFT:

WEFT(Women EnActe for Themselves)  is a program designed to support women writers writing on women’s issues to take their nascent stories to completion, and work with a sisterhood of creatives to bring those stories to life as a performative art, first presented by EnActe.

In this program women writers research, create and write stories that are pertinent to women, and bring these stories to life in theatrical performances that can reach audiences in meaningful, resonant, and entertaining ways.

The program works as follows: 

Phase 1: Ideation & Research

Phase 2: Story/scriptwriting through workshops

Phase 3: Script/story development as a performance piece

Phase 4: preparation of the piece(s) as a live presentation workshop

Phase 5: Event creation & rehearsals

Phase 6: Premiere Performance

Bollywood Rules For Women & Art of The Possible

Sat, Apr 10

5:00 pm PST, 8 pm EST, 5.30 am (Apr 11th) IST

Pay What you Can Tickets: $0-$25

Burned & Oasis

Sun, April 25

10:00 am PST, 1 pm EST, 10.30 pm IST

Pay What you Can Tickets: $0-$25

How It Happens by Deepika Arwind

Fri, April 30, 8 pm PST  

Sat, May 1, 5 pm PST

Sun, May 2, 4 pm  PST

Tickets: $15 – $100

Pay-it-Forward All-Access Pass for the entire 2021 Season:

https://enacte.org/seasonpass/


Mona Shah is a multi-platform storyteller with expertise in digital communications, social media strategy, and content curation for Twitter and LinkedIn for C-suite executives. A journalist and editor, her experience spans television, cable news, and magazines. An avid traveler and foodie, she loves artisan food and finding hidden gems: restaurants, recipes, destinations. She can be reached at: mona@indiacurrents.com


 

Unlocked: Eight Monologues. One Lockdown

The lockdown has affected us in different ways – introspective, illuminating, irritating, igniting, isolating. Needless to say, we’ll never be the same again. So, why not combine theatre with technology and capture our lives during the lockdown. EnActe Arts attempts to do just that by bringing together India’s finest actors, most talented playwrights, and some of our best-known directors. 

They, through their diverse stories, give us a tongue-in-cheek perspective on how 150 days of solitude shaped their lives. The eight monologues in Hindi and English vary from the hilarious to the heartwarming, from eureka moments to experiential thoughts. From conversations to unseen companions to stream of consciousness bursts of solo thought.

Enjoy the ride and stay for the talkbacks!

THE MONOLOGUES (All times PST)

  • Fri Jan 8 – 5:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m.
    Sat Jan 9 – 5:30 p.m.
    Sun Jan 10 – 5:30 p..m
    Tickets: $15 
  • For Age: 16+
  • Language: English & Hindi
  • Duration: 90 min (with interval)

AAWAZEIN (Hindi)

Written by Purva Naresh; directed by Rajit Kapur; performed by Seema Biswas

A concerned mother tries to reach out to her daughter in a big city. 

BRAND NEW WORLD (English) 

Written by Adhir Bhat; directed by Q; performed by Veronica Gautam

A hospital intern tries to explain the meaning of lockdown to a patient just out of a coma.

CHAMGAADAD KA INTEQAAM (Hindi) 

Written & performed by Raghav Dutt; directed by Sukant Goel

As Lockdown 1.0 begins, forced to stay back in the madarsa, a young, wayward boy finds his own way to battle both, the pandemic and his fear.

HAAN NANDUBHAI (English)

Written by Rahul da Cunha; directed by Gurleen Judge; performed by Aahana Kumra

A young actress, trapped inside her Goregaon flat feels the effects of the lockdown, her lack of starring roles and pangs of loneliness.

HAWALDAR HAWA SINGH HAAZIR HAI! (Hindi) 

Written by Ashok Mishra; directed by Rajit Kapur; performed by Gagan Dev Riar

An exasperated Hawaldar tries hard to convince people to stay at home.

I’M LOBO LOBO, MEN (English)

Written by Rahul da Cunha, directed by Nadir Khan, performed by Joy Fernandes

A satellite cable repair guy visits the home of a very fussy, CoVid- paranoid couple during lockdown, with hilarious consequences.

MIDDLE CLASS (Hindi)

Written & performed by Hussain Dalal; directed by Akarsh Khurana

A Corona warrior shares his experience as a compounder in a quarantine center and the friendships he made there that changed his life. 

RAASHAN (Hindi)

Written by Abhishek Majumdar; directed by Anand Tiwari; performed by Rajit Kapur 

An upper middle-class man visits the slum in his area to borrow alcohol from his friend.  The piece deals with the relative value of hunger, thirst, and poetry.


Mona Shah is a multi-platform storyteller with expertise in digital communications, social media strategy, and content curation for Twitter and LinkedIn for C-suite executives. A journalist and editor, her experience spans television, cable news, and magazines. An avid traveler and foodie, she loves artisan food and finding hidden gems: restaurants, recipes, destinations. She can be reached at: mona@indiacurrents.com

Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi Temple April 2019 Events

Tuesday, April 2nd: Evening at 6.00 PM, Pradosham, Shiva Sri Rudra abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Saturday, April 6th: Chaitra Noothana Vikari nama Samvath Saram (Telugu / Yugadi / Kannada / Marati). Gudi Padwa, New Year. Temple opens in the morning at 9.00 AM, Sri Venkateswara suprabhatam, continued with Sri Nava Graha Homa / Sri Saneeswara Graha homa, continued with Sri Nava Graha abhisheka / Sri Saneeswara Graha abhisheika, Sri Venkateswara abhisheka, continued with Sri Vishnu sahasra nama chanting, continued with panchanga patana / sravana pooja panchanga patanam / sravanam in Telugu / Kannada, aarati and manthra pushpa, continuous archana.

Vasantha Navathri begins in the night at 10.00 PM, Sukh Kartha Dukh Hartha aarati, Sri Jai Jagadeesha Hare aarati for Balaji, ekantha seva. Temple closes.

Monday, April 8th: Kritika Vratha, evening at 6.30 PM, Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramanya abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Thursday, April 11th: Sukla Sashti Vratha, night at 8.30 PM, Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramanya sahasra nama, archana, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Saturday, April 13th: Smartha Sri Rama Navami, 12.00 Noon, Sri Nava Graha homa / Sri Saneeswara Graha homa / Sri Nava Graha abhiheka / Sri Saneeswara Graha abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Afternoon at 2.00 PM, Sri Sita Rama Kalyanam, special Pooja, aarti and manthra pushpa.

Evening at 4.00 PM, Sri Venkateswara abhisheka / conitnued with Sri Vihnu sahasra nama chanting, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Sunday, April 14th: Vikari Nama Samvathsaram, Tamil New Year Baisakhi, Temple opens in the morning at 7.00 AM, Sri Venkateswara suprabhatam, continued with Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi abhisheka, Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramanya abhisheka. Sri Shiva abhisheka, continued with panchanga patana / sravana, pooja pancchanga patanam / sravanam, aarati and manthra puhpa, continuous archana.

Night at 10.00 PM, Sri Sukh Kartha Dukh Hartha aarati for Balaji, ekantha seva. Temple closes.

Wednesday, April 17thEvening at 6.00 PM, Pradosham, Shiva Sri Rudra abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Friday, April 19th: Chaithra Pournami, Evening at 4.00 PM, Sri Bhuwaneswari / Sri Lalitha Devi abhisheka, continued with Sri Lalitha sahasranama chanting, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Evening at 6.00 PM, Chaithra Pournami, Sri Sathya Narayana Swamy pooja / vratha, Chithra Guptha pooja, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Monday, April 22nd: Sri Sankata Hara Chathurthi, Evening at 5.00 PM, Sri Lakshmi Ganapthi homa / Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

 

Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi Temple March 2019 Events

Sunday, March 3rd: Evening at 4.00 PM, Pradosham, Shiva Sri Rudra abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Monday, March 4th: Sri Maha Shiva Rathri mahothsav.  Temple opens in the morning at 10.00 AM. Sri Venkateswara Suprabhatam, continued with Mahanyasam Kalasa Pooja, Shiva abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.  Continuous Shiva abhisheka, last Kala abhisheka, Tuesday March 5th morning at 5.30 AM, Sri Shiva Rudra abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa. Temple closes.

Tuesday, March 5th: Temple opens in the morning at 10.00 AM.

Sunday, March 10th: Daylight saving time begins.

Tuesday, March 12th:  Evening at 6.30 PM, Kritika vratha, Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramanya abisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa. Night At 8.30 Pm Sukla Sashti Sri Valli Deva Sena Sametha Sri Subramanya Sahasra Nama Archa Aarati And Manthra Pushpa

Thursday, March 14th: Karadayar Nombu Night at 8.30 PM Sri Bhuwaneswari (Sri Kamakshi) Pooja, aarati and manthra pushpa. Please Contact the temple for further details.

Monday, March 18th: Evening at 6.00 PM, Soma Pradosham, Shiva Sri Rudra abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Wednesday, March 20th:  Evefnign at 5.30 PM, Shiva abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa. Evening at 6.00 PM, Pournima vratha, Holi festival. Sri Sathya Narayana Swamy pooja / vratha, aarati and manthra pushpa. All are welcome to participate with family.

Thursday, March 21st: Panguni Uttiram.

Sunday, March 24th: Evening at 4.00 PM, Sri Sankata Hara chathurthi, Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi homa / Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi abhisheka, Sri Shiva abhisheka, Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramanya abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Tuesday, April 2nd:  Evening at 6.00 PM, Pradosham, Shiva Sri Rudra abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi Temple February 2019 Events

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, February 2nd: Evening at 4.00 PM, Sri Venkateswara abhisheka, continued with  Sri Vishnu sahasra nama chanting, continued with Sani Trayodasi  Shiva.  Sri Rudra abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.                                                                

Saturday, February 9th: Vasantha Panchami akshrabhyasam. Please call the temple for further details.

Sunday, February 10th: Sukla Shasti Vratha. Night at 8.30 PM, Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramanya sahasra nama, archana, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Tuesday, February 12th: Ratha Sapthami, Sri Bheeshma Ashtami. Evening at 6.30 PM, Surya Narayana

Pooja, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Wednesday, February 13th: Evening at 5.00 PM, Kritika vratha, Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramanya abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Evening at 6.00 PM, Sri Rahu Ketu peyarchi transition, Homa, aarati and manthra pushpa. All are welcome to participate with family and friends.

Saturday, February 16th: Sri Sarva Bheeshma ekadasi.

Sunday, February 17th: Evening at 4.00 PM, Pradosham, Shiva Sri Rudra abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Monday, February 18th: Presidents day weekend timings.

Tuesday, February 19th: Evening at 5.30 PM, Shiva abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa. 

Evening at 6.00 PM, Sri Pournami vratha, Sri Sathya Narayana Swami vratha/pooja. All are welcome to participate with family.

Friday, February 22nd: Evening at 4.00 PM, Sri Bhuwaneswari / Sri Lalitha Devi abhisheka.

Evening at 5.00 PM, Sri Sankata Hara chathurthi. Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi homa, abhisheka,  aarati and manthra pushpa.

Sunday, March 3rd: Evening at 4.00 PM, Pradosham. Shiva Sri Rudra abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Monday, March 4th: Sri Maha Shiva Rathri mahothsav. Temple opens in the morning at 10.00 AM. Sri Venkateswara suprabhatam continued with Mahanyasam Kalasa Pooja. Shva abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa. Continuous Shiva abhisheka.

Last Kala Abhisheka on Tuesday March 5th morning at 5.30 AM.  Sri Shiva Rudra abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa. Temple closes.

Tuesday, March 5th: Temple opens in the morning at 10.00 AM.

 

After Twenty Years I Was In India For Holi And I Wished I Was Back In The Bay

Time traveling back to the water balloon exploding streets of childhood: Every Holi I would turn into a general, training my own army in water balloon strategy. Every spring my sons and their friends would be taken to a different local Holi celebration in the Bay Area – Sunnyvale temple, Fremont temple, Asha, RANA.

Strategic use of color ensure a prolonged victory. As the day progresses only traces of color remain in the little plastic pouches in the hand. Wily teenagers “borrow” color from little ones who clutch, rather than use their color stash. While adults strategize on conquering the food line, my boys and I unroll our holi war strategy. Hapless individuals who could be gheraoed and smothered with color are targeted. Spotless entrants into the field of war are the most fun to color. Using the victim’s powder to color them is a flag signaling ultimate victory.

One year a teenage girl approached a 4-year-old lieutenant, “Can I have some color?” she asked while her friends looked on hopefully. “Sure,” said my warrior, “Here you go!” as a cloud of red green and yellow rose around her. He made me proud.

Compare this to Holi in India: deserted streets, girls cowering inside, and children on a nearby balcony with a tub full of water balloons waiting in vain for a hapless victim. Bay Area holi celebrations promise an explosive street party with blasts of music, color-intoxicated dancers, food, and laughter. Twenty years ago as we left the Holi grounds and rolled into the nearest Burger King quizzical stares from customers followed us. Now when they see green, yellow, red and blue faces framed in car windows, the other cars on the road roll down their windows and shout “Holi !!” and nod their heads excitedly..

Featured Image by Snap Yourself! Photo Booth 2015

Ritu Marwah is the features editor at India Currents magazine. Her love for Holi is matched by her enthusiasm for life.

 

 

Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi Temple Events

Om Sri Mathre Namaha

Vaidica Vidhya Ganapathi Center

Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi Temple

(408) 226-3600
32B Rancho Drive, San Jose, CA, 95111
(Capitol Expressway West and Montrey Road Junction, Opposite and 1 Block from Capitol Cal Train Station)
www.vvgc.org or siliconvalleyhindutemple.com

Thursday, March 1st: Evening at 5.30 pm, Shiva abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa. Evening at 6.00 pm, maasi makham (magam), holi festival, pournami vratha, Sri Sathyanarayana swamy vratha / pooja, aarati and manthra pushpa. All are welcome to participate with family.

Monday, March 5th: Evening at 5.00 pm, Sri Sankata hara chathurthi, Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi homa / Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Sunday, March 11th: Daylight savings time begins.

Wednesday, March 14th: Evening at 6.00 pm, Pradosham Shiva Sri Rudra abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa. Night at 8.30 pm, Sri Karadayar Nombu special pooja. Please contact the temple for further details.

Sunday, March 18th: Ugadi festival, chaitra vilambi nama samvathsaram. Temple opens in the morning at 6.00 am. Sri Venkateswara suprabhatam continued with Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi abhisheka, Sri Shiva abhisheka, Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramanya abhisheka, continued with Sri Panchanga patina / Panchaga sravana pooja in Telugu and Kannada. All are welcome to participate with family. Vasantha navarathri begins, continuous archana.

Sunday, March 18th; Night at 10.15 pm, Sukh Karta and Dukh Hartha aarati and Sri Jai Jagadesha Hare aarati for Balaji Ekantha seva, and the temple closes.

Thursday, March 22nd: Evening at 6.30 pm, kritika vratha Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramanya  abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Friday, March 23rd: Night at 8.00 pm, Sukla Sashti Sri Valli Deva Sena sametha, Sri Subramnaya sahasra nama archana.

Sunday, March 25th: Afternoon at 2.00 pm, Sri Rama Navami, Sri Sita Rama kalayanam festival.  All are welcome to participate with family.

Thursday, March 29th: Evening at 6.00 pm, Pradosham Shiva Sri Rudra abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Friday, March 30th: Sri Panguni Uttram.

Saturday, March 31st: 12.00 Noon, Sri Nava Graha homa, Sri Saneeswara Graha homa, continued with Sri Nava Graha abhisheka, Sri Saneeswara Graha abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Saturday, March 31st Afternoon at 2.00 pm, Sri Pournami vratha, Sri Sathya Narayana Swamy pooja / vratha. All are welcome to participate with family.

Saturday, March 31st Evening at 4.00 pm, Sri Venkateswara abhisheka, continued with Sri Vishnu Sahasra Nama chanting, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Tuesday, April 3rd: Evening at 5.00 pm, Sri Sankata Hara chathurthi, Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi homa / Sri Lakshmi Ganapathi abhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Friday April 13th: Evening at 4.00 pm, Sri Bhuwaneswari / Sri Lalitha Devi abhisheka, continued with Sri Lalitha Sahsra Nama chanting.

Friday April 13th Evening at 5.00 pm, Prdosham, Shiva Sri Rudra abhhisheka, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Saturday, April 14th: Vilambi Nama Samvathsaram / Baisakhi Tamil New Year souramana noothana nama samvathsaram, Vishnu Punya Kalam. Temple opens in the morning at 8.00 am, Sri Venkateswara Suprabhatam, continued with sri Nava Graha homa, Sri Saneeswara Graha homa, Sri Venkateswara abhisheka, continued with Sri Vishnu Sahasra Nama chanting, panchanga patana pooja, sravana pooja, aarati and manthra pushpa.

Please Make A Note: Temple Address: 32 Rancho Drive, San Jose CA 95111

Temple Timings: Week Days Morning 10:00am to 12 Noon, Evenings at 6pm to 8pm.

Weekends And Holidays: 10am to 8pm

For Bhajan’s Religious Discourses, Music and Dance Performances, Private Poojas please contact Temple for further details Mangalani Bhavanthu, Subham Bhuyath, Loka Samastha Sukino Bhavanthu, Love all serve all.

For Pujas and Rituals Contact: Pandit Ganesh Shasthry

880 East Fremont Ave #302, Cupertino Villas, Sunnyvale, CA 94087

Home: (408) 245-5443 / Cell: (925) 209-7637

E-mail: srikalahatheeswara@yahoo.com