The Cursed Land of Lustful Women and the Power of Storytelling (Performance Text with Notes)
Author Kanika Gupta
Year 2023
Binding Paperback
Pages xiii+77p, col. & b/w figs, bib, ind, 23 cm.
ISBN10, ISBN13 9386463237, 9789386463234
Short Description
The Cursed Land of Lustful Women is a devised performance created as part of an art residency. The stories (in the form of a devised text) told in the performance are being published in this book with an artist’s note. These are tales of trees, forests and their deities from the artist’s point of view. One rarely comes across voices of forest communities and women in ancient literary sources, though enchanting forests and rivers are described in the most enigmatic way. One often comes across the splendour of trees as an overwhelming theme. So much of this beauty we have exchanged today for an artificial idea of luxury. This performance attempts at bringing out this forgotten magic. Drawing on ancient Indian history and mythology, the Cursed Land of Lustful Women is a unique artistic vision that brings to life the timeless link between humanity and nature through performance, poetry, storytelling, and commentary. Using the age-old Indian motif of the female and the tree, scenes from the Jātaka tales, and poems from the ancient book Gāthāsaptasati, Gupta passionately shows how we can confront our environmentally challenged future by reconnecting with the wisdom of the past.
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