During a game of hide ‘n’ seek, 3-year-old Murli hides in an auto rickshaw and falls asleep. He wakes up in a different neighbourhood with an angry man shouting at him. But Murli can’t understand him and just wants his mother. The angry man grudgingly sets out to take him back home.
Written, Edited & Directed by Pallavi MD & Shamik Sen Gupta.
Winner - GOLD at ifva Festival, Hing Kong Arts Centre
Winner - Grand Jury Best Short Film Award at IFFLA, Los Angeles
Winner of three META Awards (Mahindra Excellency in Theatre Awards) 2014 in Delhi for Best Original Script, Best Actress in a Leading Role and Best Innovative Sound/Music Design
Winner of the Secondo Festival Switzerland 2014
Winner of the ZKB Patronage Prize at the Zürcher Theater Spektakel 2014
A music theatre performance, a living app, a search for amusing feminism, and a satirical commentary on the economy of the entertainment industry, C sharp C Blunt is about the paradoxical professional lives of Indian female performers in the Indian entertainment industry. In this production, MD Pallavi and Sophia Stepf focus on the latest edition of Shilpa, a ‘singer app’ for smartphones. Shilpa is user-friendly and charming. Shilpa is the first singer app in a theatre. She operates live and interactively.
'MD Pallavi’s stamina in this virtuosic one-woman-show captures an audience with rare ease. The
audience is challenged to reconsider their role as a passive consumer of the disturbing power relationships represented in the media and everyday life. The young director Sophia Stepf makes a layered and complex performance, with an intelligent and economical use of the theatrical apparatus. With Flinntheater she works with sensitivity towards context, in terms of how the work is made and how it is presented. «Shilpa- The Indian Singer App» has a dynamic rhythm, has a vibrant energy and becomes a poignant theatrical statement.'
(Jury Statement of the ZKB Patronage Prize at Zürcher Theater Spektakel, August 2014)
‘Pallavi is both an outstanding singer and a brilliant actress with a huge range of expressions in her armory, she takes us through the characters with playful ease. Sophia Stepf directs this razor sharp, sad, hilarious and very intelligent performance. She weaves metaphors and symbols of seemingly disparate worlds and ideas to create an inner logic for the play describing how pop culture and religion define the lives of women in a globalized world. The play retains a unique sense of humor which makes it a must watch for German audiences.’
(Deutsche Welle, 2 October 2013)
This Indo-german collaboration that I have acted in has been one of the most successful plays to have been produced by Shnawwl Theatre, Mannheim and Rangashankara, Bangalore. The play, written by Mike Kenny and directed by Andrea Gronemeyer has a stellar multi-national cast and has been performed all over Europe and India.
A track I co-created with Andi Otto.
Andi is a composer and performer of electronic music based in Hamburg, Germany.
This 7inch single titled "Bangalore Whispers" has just been released on Pingipung (vinyl and download).
A documentary film in collaboration with 17000 ft Foundation. Shot by Shamik Sen Gupta. Edited by Pallavi MD and Shamik Sen Gupta. Shot in five villages - Tukla, Puga, Hanle, Mudh and Skidmang - all scattered over distant stretches of Nyoma block. Three middle schools, one residential school for nomadic children and one nunnery atop of glacier gave us an unique peek into the student life in the primary schools of Ladakh.
A band formed along with Pallavi, Arun Kumar, Pramath Kiran, Keith Peters and Sumith Ramachandran, HumDrum present kannada poetry in a contemporary form.
I collaborated with a string quartet from Berlin - QUARTETT PLUS1 for the project - Relax Your Mind.
Quartett PLUS 1 played the expanded six movements of the "American Jesus Suite" (Stefan Wurz) live, in the middle of an interactive installation consisting of video vocals. The staging creates a new form of pop-cultural chamber music full of hook lines and deceptions.
Quartett PLUS 1 are a string quartet based in Berlin, who constantly do innovative projects with other artists. In November 2012, they were preparing an interactive music event using live performance in sync with video vocals of 3 different artists in 3 different locations. The theme of the show was Michael Jackson.
I was one of the singers they collaborated with. From Sweet Spot Media, Shamik Sen Gupta shot and I edited the first day discussion, collaboration and jam session.
It was a great experience to act in this film directed by Girish Kasaravalli. The film went on to win 4 international awards.
Acted in the National Award winning film Stumble, directed by Prakash Belawadi
A play that I devised and directed for the students of Abhinaya Taranga - a theatre school in Bangalore.