16 July – 24 September
Friday 14 July, throughout the day with a special midnight performance
Saturday 15 July, 6pm – 9pm
NAE’s displays two new exhibitions in our Main Gallery: Bhairav and Dam Pani. At the centre of Bhairav is a new film by Munir Kabani and Nikhil Chopra, featuring Sajan Mani, Madhavi Gore and musician Ustad Bahauddin Dagar. Bhairav, from which the film takes its name, is considered to be one of the most ancient raags in Hindustani classical music, typically played in the early hours welcoming the dawn. Here, the raag sets the tone of the work, as the film reveals the architecture and landscape of Goa through precolonial, colonial and postcolonial eras. The work explores man’s relationship with the earth, spirituality and the passage of time, also highlighting issues of marginalisation.
Starting on Friday 14 July, and concluding in the early hours of Saturday morning, a number of live art performances will take place to complete the installation of Bhairav. A durational drawing performance by Chopra will result in a large-scale work that will remain part of the exhibition until its close. Also performing will be Sajan Mani, known for his work around the politics of skin and Madhavi Gore ‘replacing’ the mannequin in a local shop window. Join us for a rare and majestic midnight music performance by rudra veena player, Ustad Bahauddin Dagar.
New Art Exchange also presents a new work by Tasawar Bashir in collaboration with Brian Duffy. Dam Pani, meaning ‘Divine Breath’, is a sonic installation paying homage to the late, great, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (1948-1997), the Pakistani Qawwali singer celebrated for his vocal power and spiritual energy.
Qawwalis, the devotional music of the Sufis, are known to transport listeners through their sacred sounds, and the voice of the Qawwāl singer is believed to transmit spiritual energy. In Dam Pani, Bashir experiments with abstraction to explore the essence of this spiritual Sufi experience. By focussing on just one utterance by Khan, and playing this sound through water to visualise patterns on the surface, Bashir creates an intense, meditative space that immerses the audience in both the sound and sight of Khan’s energy.
Bhairav is newly commissioned with the artists, New Art Exchange and Chatterjee and Lal.
Image credit: Munir Kabani, film stills from Bhairav