|Kochi: Curtains will come down on the third edition of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (KMB), bringing the 108-day celebration of contemporary art – the biggest of its kind in South Asia – to a close.
Over its 100-day run, KMB 2016 has been the best attended yet. But footfalls are expected to rise appreciably over the event’s ‘Closing Week’, from , with an exciting line-up that features repeat performances by KMB 2016 artists, music and dance shows, innovative workshops, film screenings and lively discussions.
In accordance with public demand, participating artists Anamika Haksar, Padmini Chettur and Zuleikha Chaudhari will present encores of their performances.
After an open-to-public rehearsal , Haksar will stage a second round of her 20-minute theatre production Composition on Water from with two daily shows at in Aspinwall House, while Chettur will conduct two three-hour performances of Varnam at her space in David Hall from March 27-28 at 5 p.m. following a public rehearsal at on .
Returning for a third series of performances is Chaudhari’s stage drama Auditioning the Plaintiff, Rehearsing the Witness: The Bhawal Court Case. Starting on , and continuing till , the production will be on offer in two two-hour installments daily – at – at her space in Aspinwall House.
From , musician and KM 2016 participating artist Hanna Tuulikki will conduct a workshop titled ‘Traditional Ballad and Experimental Vocal Ensemble’, during which she will share her knowledge of the ballads from the Scottish, English, and Irish traditions and introduce participants to aspects of her vocal practice, sharing her approach to wordless song, extended vocal expression and experimental improvisation.
Scottish artists Neil Mulholland and Jake Watts will conduct day-long artistic workshops from under their innovative ‘unlearning’ platform ‘Shift/Work’. A concert by fusion rock band Thaikkudam Bridge following the closing ceremony at Durbar Hall on will round up a week of musical concerts that features a range of styles – beginning with ghazal singer Smriti Minocha crooning ‘Love Lines’ this evening.
The rest of the week will see performances at the Pavilion in Cabral Yard by Sarangi exponent Vasanti Shrikhande (March 22), Mir Mukhtiar Ali’s renditions from the Rajasthani Sufiana tradition on evening, Nadaswaram Kacheri by Nemmara Brothers (), with the headline event being a concert on by celebrated Carnatic vocalist T M Krishna.