Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia

hpcAn internationally acclaimed flautist of India, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia is a very popular and eminent artiste par excellence who is known for his outstanding contribution in popularizing Indian Classical Music all over the world. His consummate artistry has distinguished him as the greatest living master of the North Indian Bamboo Flute, acclaimed both at home and abroad.

Unlike many other great Indian artistes, Pandit Chaurasia does not come from a family of musicians. Rather, music is a path he found for himself and struggled very hard to overcome all the hurdles that came his way to emerge out successful with his sheer grit, sincerity, hard work, devotion and dedication.

Born on July 1st, 1938 in Allahabad, he began his musical pursuit at the age of 15, learning classical vocal technique from Pandit Rajaram. Within a year, however, he had switched to flute playing, after hearing Pandit Bholanath, a noted flautist from Varanasi. He tutored under Pandit Bholanath for eight years. In 1957, barely out of his teens, he became regular staff artiste of All India Radio, Cuttack in Orissa, where he worked as performer as well as a composer.  From here began his musical journey that took him all over the globe.



The Sangeet Natak Academy Award-1984 The Maharashtra Gaurav Puraskar-1990 Padma Bhushan-1992

Konark Samman-1992 Yash Bharti Samman-1994 Kalidas Samman-1999 Padma Vibhushan- 2000

Ustad Hafiz Ali Khan Award-2000

Master Dinanath Mangeshkar Award-2004

Officier in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau-Netherlands-2008 Ordres des Arts et Lettres – France-2008

Honorary Doctorate, North Orissa University-2008 Honorary Doctorate, Utkal University, Odisha- 2011 Honorary  Doctorate,  IIT  Kharagpur-2011

Sangeet Natak Academy Fellowship Award-2012

Raphael Perret

Raphael Perret is a Zurich artist, exploring the interplay between physical and virtual spaces, the closing of circles, as well as the examination of value systems. After having worked in the field of electronic art for over a decade, it was time for him to know more about what happens with old machines. Thus, for the last three years, he has been focusing on the topic of electronic waste recycling in Delhi. Out of the engagement with the topic evolved a body of work that includes an installation, a series of videos and photographs as well as the publication „Machines of Desire“. He holds a Master of Advanced Studies in Scenography and has exhibited in various places, such as Rio de Janeiro, London, Delhi and Gwanju.

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Natsu Nakajima

natsuNatsu Nakajima (b. 1943 Sakhalin) has been one of the most prominent figures in butoh dance since its foundation in Tokyo in the 1960s, and one of its foremost pioneers abroad. Training under both Hijikata Tatsumi and Kazuo Ohno, Nakajima went on to establish her own dance company, Muteki-sha, in 1969, with whom she has been performing and choreographing internationally since the early 1980s. Her highly acclaimed performance of ‘Niwa’ at LIFT ‘83 (London) marked the beginning of this international touring career, and led to performances at festivals such as FIND (Montreal), the Nancy Festival, and the Sydney Biennale. In addition to her performance and choreographic work, Nakajima has over thirty years of experience as a teacher, and has been one of the forerunners of dance for the disabled in Japan. She would be performing her piece “Like Smoke Like Ash” this biennale.








Wood Vibes

Wood Vibes is the result of a year-long friendship good btw. Patrick Felber and Silvan Suter, who on common ways to try their dreams and ideas to implement. With the motivation to combine life with music, different branches have evolved over time, that complete the theme around creative cultural activities. This ranges from teambuilding workshops on djembe and didgeridoo courses to diverse cultural catering for events to international concerts.


Patrick Felber-Lemke

born on 4 February 1980

Co-founder of Wood vibes. Several years of experience as a musician, presenter, teacher and project manager. It convinces with its natural, friendly and charismatic way through his musical and pedagogical skills.





Silvan Suter

born on April 21, 1981

Co-founder of Wood vibes. Several years of experience as a musician, presenter, teacher and project manager. Versatile expertise in the areas of music, art and Socio-cultural animation. Bachelor of Science Hochschule Luzern / FTZs in Social Work with specialization in Sociocultural.




Tsuyoshi Hirano

LIVE PAINT artist In many years, he has collaborated with numerous world top clients such as Cartier,Celine,LANCOME, SHISEIDO, BADOIT, ISSEY MIYAKE,ELEONORA ROMA,Le Monde, FIGARO, VOGUE and so on. His work is also presented as permanent collection at WITH THE STYLE HOTEL(FUKUOKA,JAPAN) . Currently Hirano is in Tokyo and Paris.I had been waiting for my encounter with India for a very long time. On my travels back and forth between Japan and Europe, India had always been on my mind.This is partly because I came in contact with Indian culture during my fifteen years of living in Paris. Also, my European friends would bring back beautiful objects and photographs from their travels in India, and tell me stories of a land still unknown to me. What attracted me most from these stories and images of India was the art of craftsmanship. The handwoven embroidery andintricate linen;delicately patterned objects made from silver or tin. The motifs and patterns thatare passed down, transcending history, and all the vibrant colours stimulate me as an aspiring artist. Collaborating with people I encounter in India, I hope to realize a piece of work that is both two dimensional and three dimensional and that reflects the contemporary 2015. I am anticipating my departure for India, imagining what we cancreate.

Marta Cicionesi

martelMarta Cicionesi is an Italian born (1963), Indian grown set designer dedicated to
theatre, dance and opera. Marta has realized more than 100 productions in Sweden, Italy, France, India, Finland and USA since 1985 when she took her degree at the State Institute of Art in Florence, Italy.
Marta has specialized in creating sets of great pictorial suggestion, often through painted backdrops designed for particular light effects and projections – achieving images and spaces with a rich atmospheric spectrum. Her set design consists of a personal style which gives stage performances a distinct artistic expression. Her creations grow out of a tight collaboration with light designers, directors, choreographers and costume designers. As well as designing, Marta constructs and paints her sets herself in her studio in southern Sweden. Marta is also an active librettist and film script writer.

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Ilkka Häikiö


Light Designer, Video Artist and Set Designer
Born on the darkest day of the year up in northern Finland 1973. Grew up
in Sweden and has worked with light since his graduation 1996. He has
created light design for over fifty different kinds of productions. Ilkka
is based in Sweden but has also worked in Finland, Denmark, France,
England, Cuba, India and China.

Ilkka always puts a lot of work in finding the right artistic concept for
the specific project and is very keen on delivering a kind of subconscious
moods that work with the receivers psychological spatial intelligence. His
light is often described as suggestive.
At the moment Ilkka is building up a mobile Light Lab where various
concepts of mutation of space with light and shadow can be investigated in
a large model 1:3.
Apart from light design Ilkka also works as a videoartist, photographer,
layout artist and webbdesigner.
At his free time he is in the woods at the cabin chopping wood for the
sauna or playing guitar in insturmental jamband Salma Gandhi.
Ilkka Häikiö
*Lightdesign, photo, layout*




Parnab Mukherjee

Parnab Mukherjee
Director Parnab Mukherjee believes theatre can decode conflict issues and tackle societal apathy
“Open your windows and see the world around you,” exhorts Parnab Mukherjee, whose monologue Museum of Million Hamlets: a solo of many voices, created a ripple among the Madura College students. The 50-minute performance was directed, designed and performed by Parnab, the art director of the Best of Kolkata Campus.

There was no stage nor any props for the performance that was inspired from the Hamlet narratives, notes and scribbles of renowned theatre directors Heiner Muller, Andrei Tarkovsky and Takeshi Kawamura. An acclaimed practitioner on Badal Sircar’s theatre and Shakespeare-in-education, Parnab has specialised in theatre-for-conflict-resolution and theatre-of-the-campus. An exponent of alternative theatre, Parnab has directed more than 70 productions of performance texts including four international collaborations. He has also performed 15 full length solos which include series of plays on human trafficking, HIV and segregation.

Pranab feels that theatre is an effective tool even in an alien place. “You can cut down upon words and use more images to present your ideas,” he says. And as if to prove it he tapes his mouth shut. “We have become numb to incidents around us. People do not open their windows in spite of attempts to attract their attention,” he says. Pranab conceptualised this play in time for the birth anniversary of William Shakespeare. And through the inner conflict inside Hamlet’s head, Pranab externalises similar conflicts in our own lives. He calls it a memory play. Indifference and the lack of curiosity propelled this performance, he says.

Lamenting the indifference and loss of sensitivity, especially amongst the educated middle classes, Pranab says, “The middle class seeks comfort in matters such as pay commission arrears and admission to medical and engineering courses,” he says. Speaking of conflict, he highlights issues in the North-East India, including the Armed Forces Special Powers Act. He says it is a shame that few people know about the North-Eastern States. “They also have martyrs who fought for the independence of the country. How many of us know about communist revolutionary Jana Neta Hijam Irabot of Manipur?,” he asks. “We have even forgotten our local heroes like Periyar,” he points out.

Pranab warns of the dangers of cultural colonisation and says, instead of fighting over whose culture is better, we could share cultural dignity. He strongly believes that theatre is one medium that can educate people on the realities of life. “I can’t wait for people to come to theatre,” he says, and declares that if they don’t do that, “Then it is imperative for the theatre to go to the people.”

In collaboration with Five Issues, Parnab recently directed the Trilogy of Unrest. It is a set of three plays which includes Hamlet machine, Necropolis and This Room is not my room. He is currently touring the country with Tagore Now!, a theatre installation as a tribute to the poet on the centenary of his receiving the Nobel Prize for Literature. This was premiered for the Swedish embassy in India.

SO & CO.


SO & CO. is an artist collective launched in February 2014 to explore the possibilities of alternative bodily expression and live performance. Dancers and artists from a variety of fields have gathered around the Artistic Director So Ueda. We will continue to work on productions, listening to our open-minded ideas, without sticking to a particular form of expression or a field.

This Biennale they will be performing their piece “HILUM”.



SouedaSo Ueda (Artistic Director / Choreographer)

Originally from Tokyo, So Ueda has participated in productions with Butoh Factory
YAN-SHU, Daizuko Farm, and in particular, with the performance unit Sal Vanilla since
1996. He has performed in productions by Yuzo lshiyama / A. P. I. as a choreographer
and dancer since 2006, and has been active both in Japan and abroad. With his
improv-influenced style on martial arts and Butoh, he has collaborated with
various artists, while continuing to explore and develop his own style. He produced his
first work on his own in 2001, and has since presented a number of pieces. Lately he
produces collaborative live productions with musicians and has established a
reputation for his straightforward and delicate perspective. In 2014, he founded So &
Co. as Artistic Director. His production HILUM premiered to great acclaim in Kimotsuki,
Kagoshima Pref.

Satoru HIRASHIMA Composer / Cajón and Percussions
Percussion player.
Flamenco, Jazz, Improvised music, Japanese classical music,Chanson,,,Contemporary Dance,
Contemporary theater, and Poetry readings,,,etc,,,,,, stages and recording, play in a variety of fields.

Composer / Live Electronics and Percussions
Mitsuaki MATSUMOTO is a “audio-visualist”, composer, sound performer, improviser in
Kagoshima, plays in different countries.

Kunihiko MATSUO
Concept / Visuals and Lighting / Stage Design / Technical Director
MATSUO Kunihiko is a multimedia artist in Tokyo and specializes in interactive technology,
audio-visual design and contemporary dance.
More information:

Visuals and Lighting

Nozomi INOUE
Costume Design

Dance / Co-choreographer

















Rie Goto

Rie Goto is a poet in Tokyo. She also is an actress, who has worked in theatre, film and television.
She regularly host [Sunaneko kikaku] the live performance event featuring up-and-coming artists.
Book : -A Bientot ja-matane- (Shinpu-sha 2006)
CD : -Shisoka-tachi no syosetsu-(ZIGOKU-RECORD 2013)
Blog : de-rie-n





Yuki Imoto

Yuki Imoto.
Yuki Imoto is assistant professor at Keio University, Japan, where she
teaches anthropology and intercultural communication. She received her
doctorate in social anthropology from the University of Oxford in 2009, and
has been conducting research on education and youth identities in Japan.
She is an editorial member of the journal *Ethnography* *and Education*,
and has extensive experience in teaching and writing about ethnographic
methods. She will be conducting Narrative Inquiry Workshop this biennale.

Naoimi Inata

Naomi Inata Picture
Naomi Inata is a dance scholar and critic. Her research and critiques
covers from Western classical ballet to Japanese contemporary dance and
Butoh, cultural policy and community dance as well. She is also Dance
Programme Officer of Japan Arts Council under Agency For Cultural Affairs.

She holds a *Ph*. D in Arts, the thesis *Study on Tatsumi Hijikata:
Ankoku Butoh – a riot against the body as a system*, an MA and BA, from
Waseda University.

She is the author of *Tatsumi Hijikata – The Body One and for All *(NHK
Book, 2008), critical biography of Tatsumi Hijikata, founder of Butoh. The
book was awarded the 14th AICT, Association International des Critiques
Theatre, Theatre Critic Award Japan. She is co-writer of *Keywords in
Theatre Studies *(Pericansha, 2007), *Ballet Gallery 30**(*Gakken, 2006), *20th
Century…dance…Choreographer…Works* (Yugisha, 1999) etc.

Yoko Nakamura

Solo Exhibition




Gallery Amano /Hokutoshi


La Maison Franco-Japonaise /Tokyo

DOKA Contemporary Arts /Tokyo

2012/’11’10 Shonandai My Gallery /Tokyo

2005/’03/’01 A.J.M Gallery /New York

19991994 Kaneko Art /Kuwso Gallery /Gallery Center Point /Sweden Nouse/Tokyo


Group Exhibition

2011 ACKid 2011(art/music/dance/performance) Exhibition /Tokyo

2007 The 50 Anniversary Art Exhibition of the diplomatic relation Japan &Ireland

(The Ireland Ambassador to Japan official residence in Tokyo)

2006 MIART (Milan) /Italy

BIEAF 2006 (Busan International Environment Art Festival) /Korea

2005 The 21th South Region Contemporary Festival (Gwangju Biennale Hall) Korea

Today’s NO-War Exhibition (Maruki Museum) /Saitama

2002 LINEART (Flanders Expo) /Belgium

KOREA-JAPAN Interchange Festival (Korea Embassy Gallery)/Tokyo

The International Women’s Contemporary Art (Meguro Museum)/Tokyo

2001 Frontierd21(Kanagawa public Gallery)/ Yokohama

Today’s Art Fomation 2001(Pusan-Tokyo)

Korea-Japan Women’s Art (Inzei Art Museam)/Korea

2000 The Moments of Art 2000(Muse the square)/Saitama

Group show (A.J, M Gallery) /New York

1999’00 International exhibition of ContemporaryArt” Hadoh” Kwangju -Yokohama


Mitabi_KobayashiSANDO, Inc. CEO,

Born May 28, 1972


In 1998, Inc. joined Slow Hand, Inc

2006, Inc. joined Walk, Inc

2009, Inc. was established SANDO, Inc.

Program Director




“Junji Sakata”  “Masako Ono”

Nippon Television


Fuji TV

NONFIX (documentary series)

“Wag the Dog’s”

” SUREI SASAI .Japanese became the leader of Buddhism in India “

” SUREI SASAI .Japanese became the leader of Buddhism in India. part 2″

“North Korea’s abduction”

TV Asahi



Saturday Special Tokyo’s “Famous for Sushi I want to go the National

Premier Travel Show


Quest “Manoel de Oliveira”

Nonfiction W “Horiuchi Kanako Okinawan folk” (producer)


“the soul of an 8-bit TV game generation” (series 6 times)

“Shooting Games Strategy” (Series 13 times)


“SUREI SASAI .Japanese became the leader of Buddhism in India.” (Aspect 2007)


“Generation X ~8-bit game’s soul~” (NIPPON Columbia CO..LTD 2008)


JAPAN Media Arts Festival 2007, “Mr. Splash!”

Yuko Kominami

NanakoKoyamaBorn in 1973, Japan. She studied butoh and dance in Tokyo. After finishing her BA in Japanese history at Waseda University, she did a Professional Diploma in Community Dance Studies and an Independent Study Programme at Laban Centre London from 1998 to 2000. She obtained her MA in Dance Cultures, Histories and Practices from the University of Surrey in 2006. She has been working as an independent dance and performance artist. She has collaborated with other dancers, choreographers, artists, musicians and theatre directors of various landscapes. Recently she has been frequently working with a company Ten Pen Chii directed by Yumiko Yoshioka and Joachim Manger in Berlin, Germany. She lives in Luxembourg.






Laxmandas Baul

Laxmandas Baul is a disciple and the adopted son of renowned Baul master and composer Shri Shudhir Goshai of famous Joydev-Tamaltala Ashram in Birbhum district. HE is a young performer well known for his magnificent voice and energetic performances. He accompanies himself with Anandalahari (percussion instrument) and Dotara (string instrument) while he sings.




Nanako Koyama

nanakoCherishing the connection between nature and the people,  I work through design, art, and music for the better future of the world.

After the graphic designer of a design work company, she established Lucy+K, Inc and started the miscellaneous-goods project ”gg” in 2006.

She also went into producing the art exhibition, advertisement, workshop and lecturers.





Chiaki Aizawa

ChiakiBorn in Kanagawa-Ken in 1980. Graduated from the Department of Graphic Design at Tama Art University in 2004, the same year she joined Good Design Co., and left in 2010.

Aizawa designs ads, posters, Cis, and packages, as a freelance graphic designer and works at Nagaoka Zokei University as a part-time lecturer.




antymarkstarted to be active as a live VJ from the outdoor festival in Tamagawa Camping village ‘Hertzberg’ 2008.

official live VJ for the music band THEORCH from 2008.

participated in the 1st and 2nd VJ summint at APPLE store GINZA, JAPAN.

visual direction for many corporate shows, on original material, live camera, realtime visual playing multi , multi screens.

involved in environment interactive installation, he designs space.


Installation Artists

Ananda Bazaar by Pinaki Ranjan Mohanty

Odisha’s synonymity with the Jagannath cult has been well known throughout the world since ages. Little do people know that the priests and the servers of the Puri Jagannath temple have their own dialect which they commonly use with not only the devotees who visit the temple but also with the Lord himself. Their language contains a lot of slangs which doesn’t mean any offence to anyone but has just become a part of their intimate relationship with the Lord and the informal dealings with the devotees.

Especially at Ananda Bazaar, where the servers sell Prasad; in the hustle bustle of Prasad selling process, the vendors seem to talk in rough languages with the devotees. In this act, they don’t mean to hurt or harm anyone; it’s just the culture they have been brought up with.

Through this installation of mine, I have tried to create the ambience of Ananda Bazaar, where you see 56 earthen pots, representing 56 recipes served to the Lord and the audio representing the conversations between the Prasad vendors and the devotees.

A Tale of Two Lines by Satyabhama Majhi

(Art Installation Process/Step)

This installation focuses on the diverse culture of Odisha. Odisha is a land of temples and rituals. Odisha is a confluence or sangam of three cultures – ethnic, folk and classical.

I have made a safety-pin out of bamboo and fabric. The concept behind the installation is BARA MASA TERA PARABA which means 12 months 13 festivals as it truly exists in the Odia culture. The installation is about the fusion of folk and classical rituals with evolved roots. It will create the typical and remote Oriya village atmosphere.

Bodhi Tree by Kanta Kishore Moharana

The gifts of nature are peerless since the creation of this earth. Humans have been worshiping nature as various forms of Gods and Goddesses from the primitive times. Trees prevent erosion and provide a sheltered ecosystem in and under their foliage. They also play an important role in moderating ground temperatures. Wood from trees is a building material.

The present day industrialization and development in various sectors has resulted in extinction of varieties of flora. As an adverse effect of this process we also experience global warming and a lot of natural disasters these days.  In a few years, we would only be able to see concrete jungles all around us, thus causing a great threat to the survival of mankind and animal kingdom.

 In my installation I have used different types of materials such as, cloth, color, paper etc. I have used maximum elements in this installation.

 In this work I have presented an inverted tree and used dark color in its roots and shoots showing how man has compelled nature to surrender to him. The black bowls with drawings of leaves, encircling the tree represent human society which is continuously exploiting the nature.

Tungi by Nityananda Ojha

Tungi is an odia word. It is a small house situated mostly in the center of a village where people worship and read religious books like the Bhagavad Gita. It’s neither a temple nor a house. It’s also a place used for discussing and sharing religious thoughts and philosophies. For me it’s a kind of an ecological form because of the way its made out of bamboo, straw, clay and cow dung.

Here, I have made a house in the form of an ideological cave using the same materials and with lots of holes. The house contains books and paduka (slipper made out of wood)

Smrutikanta Rout 

Odia language is now the sixth classical language of our country. The earliest evidence of old Odia is found in the 3rd century BC Ashoka’s edit of Dhauli and 1st century BC Hathigumpha inscription. It is the predominant language of Odisha.

The beginnings of Odia literature coincides with the development of Charyapada, 7th-8th centuries AD. Now Odia literature is one of the major literatures in India. The modern state of Odisha was established on 1 April 1936 and became the first state of India which was established for the cause of a language.

In my work I want to create a visual journey of Odiya literature .I have done some basic research on history and development of Odia literature and have come out with some volume of books, where a viewer can make a journey through the beautiful garden of the Odia literature and can meet the development of its script, major literary works, authors, magazines, cover designs and illustrations. It is also an interactive way of presentation where viewers can touch and read the books.

Smruti Sai Mishra

          Odisha is a land of festive spirit. We Odias are born amid ceremonies and festivals and die a ritual death at the end of our lives. Villages are the nerve of Odisha. I belong to Bhuban, the largest village in Asia. Bhuban is in the Dhenkanal district of Odisha.

         My native is rich in folk tradition. Ox is the symbol of agriculture. After harvesting, the farmers, locally called Thorias (Thodo Mahajanas) used to move around the surrounding villages pilling Paddies and different types of corns on the ox’s back to sell them. So every year at the time of Dussehra ( a mythological festival where Goddess Durga is worshipped all over India), the farmers (Thorias) give rest to their ox and dress them with stitched cottons bearing different colours and motifs and take them on a march in the surrounding villages with drums and other local loud music. This ceremony takes place in the festive time and starts before one month of Vijaya Dashami. The Thorias also pray Goddess Durga for a healthy and long life for their ox.

         Now a days this cultural ceremony is almost dieing due to rapid urbanization. The use of bullocks for agriculture is reducing rapidly because of mechanization and technology. So to pay a tribute to this dying tradition I have displayed the Ox as an effort of revival. In this installation I have used natural materials, like paddy straws, cottons cow dungs, rice powder etc.       

Pratap Chandra Jena

A massive monumental structure of a trellis and a hanging Snake Gourd (a Vegetable) traditionally, people tied a stone at the end of Snake Gourd to increase its size naturally in order to make it Hybrid. This was an age old organic process to make hybrid snake gourd. Here I have re constructed the same traditional concept through a monumental structure to discourage the use of artificial fertilizers for the processes of enlargement of vegetables.

My intension is to create an art object on the concept by using bio-degradable materials that have no adverse effect on life and nature and is purely ecological, without losing aesthetic values.


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