Cafe | May 17, 2018

Indian Female Artists To Look Out For

Niece of theatre legend Safdar Hashmi, Azad is more than just a pretty face. She’s a talented singer and an actor who also has a deep rooted affection for the stage. She has spent her childhood in a creative atmosphere along with theatre veterans like MK Raina and Habib Tanvir. She has also acted in films as a child artist. In 2010, she started a theatre company called The Skins, where she made her directorial debut in a play named Lovepuke. She’s remarkably excelled in all her ventures and is continuing to do so. She is also the member of a band called Madboy/Minks alongwith Imaad Shah, son of Naseeruddin Shah and Ratna Pathak Shah.

This 22yo Mumbai based badass bassist has AR Rahman and Zakir Hussain has her fans – beat that? She’s performed with Steve Vai at NH7 Weekender (Shillong) in 2017.

Daughter of actors Sachin and Supriya Pilgaonkar, Shriya has acting in her blood, literally, being one of the peppiest actors out there. It seems like she enjoys what she does, given the fact that she has been honing her theatre and acting skills right from her school days. She had made her stage debut in 2012 with her performance in Karan Shetty's 10-minute short play Freedom Of Love. The play was a part of the NCPA's Short and Sweet Festival.

Art is a language which is intrinsically entwined in self-reflexivity of Aarti Sunder’s mind. The Chennai resident studied at Mumbai’s Rachana Sansad Academy of fine arts and craft, and later at the Netherlands’ Dutch Art Institute. Sunder points out that the art market is no longer about the gallery, but also includes publications, funding and residencies—“a market for not getting paid”—and that she is “present in some form within this”. She does not have much of a social media presence hence not much is known about her otherwise.

Born into a mixed Bengali and Punjabi family in Kolkata, Nikhita relocated to Chennai in 2010 to pursue a degree in dentistry. A former student of A.R.Rahman's K. M. College of Music and Technology, Nikhita's first association with Rahman was during an Indo-German exchange, where she was a part of a choir which performed with the German orchestra. Rahman then individually auditioned her for a commercial project titled 'Qyuki' with Shekhar Kapur, the duo were working on. In 2012, she cut a Bengali album titled Kotha, a re-arrangement of Narul Geeti songs written by renowned poet Kazi Nazrul Islam.

On 7 December 2016, Shweta Bhattad wore a pure white sari, got into a coffin (with an exhaust fan fitted) and buried herself for 3 hours in Paris to draw attention to the plight of farmers in India. Her project, I Have A Dream, as a part of the Vancouver Biennale’s residency programme, explored fast-diminishing farming land, not only in India, but also globally. Bhattad, who has a master’s in sculpture from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda and refers to her work as art performances, refuses to be held hostage by a medium. Art’s potential lies more in the concept and the questions it raises, she says.