Expression vs. Suppression of Art

Nandita Das in conversation with Smita Sahu-Hamzeh and Sahil Arora
Friday, 20th December TO Friday, 20th December

the exhibit

Acclaimed actor and director, Nandita Das will join artist Smita Sahu-Hamzeh and galerist, Sahil Arora in an insightful, and relevant panel discussion on the subject of Expression vs. Suppression. The conversation will touch upon the subject of what is considered to be art and the challenges that an artist faces while trying to express a thought, idea or opinion. The need to express is natural but the stifling nature of the government, society and the self has always resulted in a tethered expression by most artists. The artists that break free from these tethers are often the ones that re-invent the world of art and leaving a lasting impact on society.

Date : Friday, 20th December 2019

Time : 6:30 pm onwards

Venue : Method Art Space, Kala Ghoda

Free entry. Registration (below) is mandatory.

Entry strictly on a first come, first served basis.

the artist

Nandita Das has acted in more than 40 feature films in 10 different languages. Her directorial debut in 2008 was Firaaq, which won many accolades and appreciation, both in India and abroad. She was on the jury of the Cannes Film Festival twice (2005 and 2013), among others. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work and is a strong advocate for social justice and human rights. Nandita has been passionately supporting the campaign against colour bias, called ‘Dark Is Beautiful’, which she relaunched as ‘India’s Got Colour’ in 2019. She was conferred the ‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’ by the French Government and was the first Indian to be inducted into the Hall of Fame at the International Women’s Forum.

She was also selected as a World Yale Fellow in 2014. Nandita was the Chairperson of the Children’s Film Society and wrote a monthly column for 8 years in the Indian magazine, The Week. Manto, Nandita’s second directorial film premiered in 2018 at the Cannes Film Festival and travelled to many other festivals around the world. Manto can be watched on Netflix.

the art


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