The Black Mamba featuring Suman Sridhar and Natasha Mendonca
Curated by: G5A
On the occasion of International Women’s Day, the G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture presents The Black Mamba Live Electro DUO SET featuring Suman Sridhar & Natasha Mendonça.
The evening comprises original songs and a few covers that touch on themes of women's empowerment, public safety, ecofeminism. The set will be interspersed with slam poetry that conceptually binds the show. The performance fuses Afro-Indian grooves, cascading operatic harmonies and electronic beats to explore the multiple meanings and inclusive expressions of GENDER & WOMANHOOD.
The opening act for the evening is Alisha Pais. See you there!
About the artist
Suman Sridhar, artist-vocalist-composer extraordinaire bridges the worlds of jazz, blues, pop, Indian classical, cabaret, opera, afro-cuban and rap. She has received equal critical and commercial acclaim earning her the reputation of a ''vocal gymnast'' traversing effortlessly between cultures, genres, languages and sounds. Suman has sung chart-topping Bollywood hits such as Fifi (Bombay Velvet, 2015), Muskaane Jhooti Hain (Talaash, 2012), Khoya Khoya Chand (Shaitan, 2011). She has received several prestigious nominations in recognition of her work including Best Female Playback Singer-Times of India Film Awards, Best Female Indie Artist - MTV Video Music Awards India, Band and Album of the Year- Jack Daniel's Rock Awards 2013. Her noted live, radio, televised and gallery performances include the Southbank Centre (UK), The Great Escape Festival (UK), Coke Studio (MTV India), BBC- World Service (UK), NH7 Weekender (India), dOCUMENTA (13) (Germany), Tate Modern (UK), Kochi Biennale (India), Jazzmandu (Nepal), Galle Literary Festival (Sri Lanka), Radio Mirchi Music Awards (India), One Billion Rising (India), National Centre for Performing Arts (India).
Natasha Mendonca is an award-winning filmmaker and electronic musician from Mumbai, India. She holds a Masters in Film, Video and Sound from the California Institute of the Arts. Her work has shown at the Museum of Modern Art PS1, (USA), Centre Pompidou (France), Tate Modern (U.K), Instituto Tomie Ohtake (Brazil), Los Angeles County Museum, (USA), Kochi Muziris Biennale, India Art Fair, NGBK (Germany), Locarno Film Festival etc. Her film Jan Villa, won the Tiger award at The International Film Festival Rotterdam 2011, the Ken Burns award for the Best film of the festival at the Ann Arbor Film Festival 2011, a residency award at the Southern Panoramas competition, Video Brasil 2011 and the Best film of the festival, Experimenta, India 2011.
Her feature film Strange Love / Ajeeb Aashiq was nominated for the Bright Future Award 2016 at the International film festival Rotterdam won the residency prize at the Wexner Centre for the Arts at Sesc_VideoBrasil festival and the jury prize at LSF Hamburg International film festival (2017). She was on the Teddy Jury, Berlin International Film Festival in 2004 and was part of the Berlinale Talents 2017. She has represented India at the 2012 London Olympics and Cultural festival (Tate Modern).
Alisha Pais is a singer-songwriter from Mumbai, with rich powerful husky vocals and guitar. She plays an eclectic mix of haunting originals and interpreted covers both contemporary and retro that carry the audience on a reflective journey through life, love and longing.
She has played at festivals like NH7, Storm, Live from the console, Raagasthan, Sunburn, etc. Pais made her television debut on vh1 music diaries, performing one of her own compositions as well as on Discovery's TLC, performing another of her own compositions. She was also invited to perform on the TV show titled The Stage, as one of India's top 20 artists.
The Black Box
We request you to bring warm clothes as it gets chilly inside the Black Box as temperatures need to be controlled at optimum levels as per technical requirements
Food, beverages and water are strictly prohibited inside the Black Box. Please do not carry them in your bags either
Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis
Please do come at least 15 minutes prior to the show and enjoy a good cup of coffee at PORT
No Late Entries will be allowed
Latecomers can only be allowed in at intermission or at an appropriate pause in the program and as per the instructions of the organizers