This month's World Lit session at the Arts House features the 2016 Singapore Creative Writing Resident, Gitanjali Kolanad, moderated by poet Cyril Wong. Gitanjali Kloanad is a practitioner, performer and teacher of bharata natyam for more than 40 years; a multi-disciplinarian, she has collaborated with director Phillip Zarrilli, video/installation artist Ray Langenbach, poet Judith Kroll and violinist Parmela Attariwala, to name a few.
Gitanjali turned to writing after more than 40 years as a bharata natyam dancer, teacher and choreographer. Her first short story collection, Sleeping with Movie Stars, was written using words that emulate gestures in a dance, offering an insightful and sensuous telling of a young woman’s coming-of-age experience. It is loosely inspired by her own experience of being sent to Madras in the 1970s where she studied bharata natyam.
Gitanjali will read from her published works and first novel which explores the world of hereditary dancers in the 1920s, just as a new morality was bringing their lifestyle to an end.