Kuldeep Singh, photo by Steni Stephan
BATTU is a traditional, pure dance piece in the repertoire of Indian classical dance of Odissi, post Indian independence. The piece extols the wall frieze sculptures of mighty Sun Temple of Konark (built in 13th c. AD) unfolding into elaborate patterns, set to the complex rhythmic cycles of Odissi pakhwaj (percussion instrument). The piece is set in Raga (melody) Kedar, to a 4 beat time cycle.
Kuldeep Singh (b.1984) is an multi-disciplinary artist creating narratives in visual art, performance and installation – where he surveys breaks in colonial histories as a recurring idea. Through reinvented myths and situations, he creates works questioning body politics and the social anthropology of South Asia. With his decade long intensive training in Indian classical dance of Odissi, under the acclaimed exponent Madhavi Mudgal in New Delhi, he is bringing fresh perspectives in equating the compound attitude of Indian classical dances to his visual art practice. He received his BFA from College of Art, Delhi University in 2007, and obtained his MFA in Intermedia in 2015, from University of Iowa on full scholarship.
Kuldeep is the recipient of some of the prestigious residencies of the art world, including: the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ME (2014), Yaddo, NY (2015) and Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, NE (2016), and also holds the National Freedom of Expression Award, Mumbai (2009). His solo performances include at the Kolkata International Performance Festival in 2014, Yaddo-2015 and Rapid Pulse International Performance Festival in Chicago, 2016 to name a few. His selected recent lecture demonstrations include at the Kiran NAdar Museum of Art, New Delhi, Metropolitan Museum-NYC (with scholar-dancer Rajika Puri), Delhi University, University College London, University of Iowa and University of Nebraska-Omaha.
Kuldeep is currently an Artist in Residence with Resideny Unlimited, in Brooklyn, and recently have returned from India where he was Performer in Residenct at HH Art Spaces, Goa (India) – sponsored by the Inlaks Foundation, Mumbai.
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