Author Kiran Nagakar, hailed as one of the most important and critical voices in contemporary India, has arrived in Melbourne to participate in the Indian cultural celebration at RMIT Gallery on 2 August, as part of the exhibition Kindness/Udarta. Australia-India Cultural Exchange.
Amongst his most known works are Saat Sakkam Trechalis (Seven Sixes Are Forty Three), Ravan and Eddie (1994), and the epic novel, Cuckold (1997) for which he was awarded the 2001 Sahitya Akademi Award in English by the Sahitya Akademi, India’s National Academy of Letters. Nagarkar’s latest Novel, The Extras, released early this year, is a sequel to Ravan and Eddie and traces the adult lives of Ravan and Eddie as extras in Bollywood.
Kiran Nagakar will appear in conversation with acclaimed author Christopher Kremmer, discussing themes of cultural exchange with India. Both experienced the inspiration of each other’s culture through the AIC exchange program.
RMIT Gallery Director Suzanne Davies said that the contributing artists to Kindness/Udarta represent a significant sample of creative people who have experienced each other’s culture, visited each other’s country, worked together, and built relationships based on friendship and mutual respect.
“Kiran Nagakar is an outspoken author, playwright, film and drama critic and screenwriter both in Marathi and English, and one of the most critical voices of post-colonial India, and we are delighted to have his contribution in both the exhibition and at our cultural celebration,” Ms Davies said.
Ms Davies said the cultural celebration on 2 August will bring together writers, artists and musicians with a live performance by Vinod Prasanna playing bansuri – Indian bamboo flute – and Australia’s foremost exponent of India raga music Kate Tempany, the first Australian woman to build a career around India tabla.
What: Kiran Nagkar at the Kindness/Udarta exhibition – Indian cultural celebration
When: Thursday, 2 August, 6-8 pm
Where: RMIT Gallery, 344 Swanston Street, Melbourne