Support the 'Remembering Veenapani Festival 2018'.

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The festival celebrates the vision of Adishakti's founder late Veenapani Chawla by welcoming performances to Pondicherry


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Adishakti Theatre

About the Fundraiser

Adishakti is a laboratory for theatre art research that is run by a collective of actor’s, writers and other creative artists. The last 30 years of Adishakti’s work has resulted in the establishment of its vibrant theatre space and artist residence community in Pondicherry.


Adishakti, ideal platform for artists 


Right from the beginning, Veenapani was clear that in order to make Adishakti a self-sustainable institution, it would need to have a strong infrastructure in place. Adishakti has always been an ideal platform for developing and showcasing not only our own work but also the work of other performance groups embracing diverse genres, thereby igniting the spirit of the Remembering Veenapani Festival.


In memory of our late founder, Veenapani Chawla 


What started as a spontaneous celebration of Veenpani’s life and work immediately after her death has grown into an annual event, Remembering Veenapani festival is looked forward to by performing arts communities across the country and many parts of the world.


The festival is Adishakti’s way of continuing, disseminating and expanding the work and vision our founder, late Veenapani Chawla. The 4th edition is all set to takeoff from 3rd to 18th February 2018 at our campus near Auroville, Pondicherry. Your contribution will only help us make this festival even more memorable for both performers and the audience.


Why we need your help 


While most groups are happy to perform free of cost, we being performing artists ourselves understand the importance of remuneration for creative effort. We have managed to save up to Rs.3lakh for the management of the festival. We require Rs.5lakh more to pay all those performers who have offered to perform at the Remembering Veenapani Festival 2018.


Since Adishakti has all the necessary infrastructure for conducting a festival - heritage guesthouses, theatre spaces, and state-of-the-art equipment - any contributions you make will go directly to the atists performing at the festival.



The Adishakti team 


We are a group of seven resident artists headed by renowned performer and director Vinay Kumar. Vinay Kumar together with Veenapani Chawla dreamed the dream of Adishakti from the very beginning. As a performance repertory, Adishakti has been performing their shows across the country with raving reviews for several years. Some of their theatre plays include, Ganapati, Brhannala, Nidravathwam and The Tenth Head. Adishakti, being a theatre laboratory also conducts workshops for performers of all media (Film, TV, Theatre, Viral) called the Source of Performance Energy residential workshop since 2008. Through this workshop, the Adishakti team shares its unique performance methodology to all participants. The workshop is much appreciated and highly recommended to most actors or who want to be.




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