Under the Raintree

Enlightenment is often found under a tree

I visualise Under the Raintree as a quiet, cool pasture of creative pleasure. Under the nurturing canopy of the Raintree, interactions are a sparkling composite of artistic expression and flair.          

It is a place for writers, poets, painters, playwrights, musicians and other artistes to share their ideas, styles and techniques through personal interactions.

Under the Raintree meetings are fairly informal and happen with the help of friends and well-wishers who share similar interests in the Arts. Meetings happen at different places – gardens, living rooms, hotels  and galleries.

I started Under the Raintree  a couple of years ago as, after my husband Allen passed away, I sorely missed the conversations  we had about books, movies, plays, music, art and more. With this non-profit initiative I hope to facilitate dialogue about the Arts.

Under the Raintree has facilitated:

1. The dramatised reading of Anita Nair’s play ‘Nine faces of being’ when it was a work-in-progress, directed by Arundhati Raja of ART.

Arundhati introduces the ensemble

2. A variety entertainment progamme by Madras Players featuring Mithran Devanesan, PC Ramakrishna, Vishalam Ekambaram & Sharanya Nair.PC Ramakrishna, Vishalam, Sharanya Nair

3.  Discussions on ‘Art & the City’ with Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, CMD, Biocon & UA Vasanth Rao of BMRC, and a panel discussion on ‘Artistic Connections’ with Ravi Kumar Kashi, Vikram Sampath, Arundhati Nag, Madhu Nataraj, Pramila Lochan & Arshia Sattar as part of the launch of ‘Vriksha – the life and times of SG Vasudev’.

4. A mehfil of Hindustani classical music featuring an interactive session with tabla maestro Trilochan Kampli & vocalist Kumar Mardur.


Author: sandhya mendonca

outpouring of occasional whimsies

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