Maalai: A Sound Installation

Maalai is a sound installation by Lakshmi Ramgopal at Chicago's Comfort Station. The installation uses Hindu iconography; written and photographic materials; and Tamil and English recordings of women in Ramgopal's family and conversations between Ramgopal, her mother, and grandmother to explore diaspora, colonialism, and intergenerational trauma. Grappling with historian Antoinette Burton’s claim that the memories of home narrated by the women of India’s Late Colonial Period created “an archive from which a variety of counterhistories of colonial modernity can be discerned,” the installation asks how South Indian women in pre- and post-1947 India preserve their personal histories and when they choose to self-erase.

The installation closes with a short improvised performance by Ramgopal which incorporates the Sanskrit, Tamil, and Hindi hymns and lullabies on Sunday at 8:30pm.

Record Store Day Bundle with Marissa Malik

 

Lakshmi has teamed up with London's Marissa Malik of Bad Hands for a limited edition bundle in honor of Record Store Day 2017. Each bundle includes Migration on cassette and TIGRESS TEMPTRESS, a 17” x 11” hand pulled screen print by Bad Hands with metallic gold detailing. Each bundle comes with a free download of Migration, and 20% of profits from each order will be donated to the Council on American-Islamic Relations. All orders ship May 1.
 

Lykanthea at SPELLBOUND

Lykanthea will perform from 7-8pm at Asrai Garden's SPELLBOUND event at Freehand Chicago on October 22. The evening includes brews by Nandini Khaund, temporary tats by Black Oak Tattoo, palm readings by Theresa Principe, a smudge stick station courtesy of Asrai Garden, and DJ sets by Heather Gabel and John Biggerovksi. Last year's event was packed from the start, so show up early and party late. 🔮🌙

Sasvata: a new project

Lakshmi is honored to share Sasvata, a new project co-founded with the inimitable Billie Jean of Akosuen. Part improvised, part composed, Sasvata draws on noise, ambient, Carnatic and electroacoustic music to create something totally different from Lakshmi and Billie's respective solo work. Check them out live at their debut performance at Chicago's Elastic Arts on May 20! Details here.