Berkeley Arts Festival Calendar


Lillette Dubey | Film and Theatre, National and International: An Actor's Perspective

Lillette Dubey, Indian actress and theatre and television personality\
Harsha Ram, Associate Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures and Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley

A conversation with acclaimed Indian actress, theatre director, and television and film artist, Lillette Dubey.

Lillette Dubey is an Indian actress who has worked in theatre, television and Hindi films. She has appeared in numerous movies, including Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding co-starring Nasiruddin Shah, Kal Ho Naa Ho which starred Shah Rukh Khan, Preity Zinta, Saif Ali Khan and Jaya Bachchan, Baghban alongside Amitabh Bachchan, Bow Barracks Forever alongside her daughter Neha Dubey, and Housefull alongside Akshay Kumar and Deepika Padukone. Lillete also played a role in the British film The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel as well as its sequel, both of which starred Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel, among others.

Lillette is also an acclaimed theatre director, television and film artist, and was part of the Theatre Action Group (TAG) in Delhi. She has directed a number of plays, most notable being Mahesh Dattani's Dance Like a Man, which is the longest running Indian play in English, having completed 497 shows across the world, including a two-week run on the Broadway.

Lillette will be in the Bay Area in conjunction with <b>Gauhar</b>, an upcoming production that she is directing for Enacte Arts. The play traces the story of the life of Gauhar Jaan, one of the earliest women artists who went on to become the grand dame of Indian recorded music. Gauhar Jaan's was the first Indian voice to be recorded in 1902, and during her life she cut close to 600 records, with her fame traveling as far as Europe, with her face emblazoned on matchboxes and postcards! The play lays bare her life with all its attendant myths, legends and folklore, some of which are recorded, some apocryphal; as well as the times during which she lived and made exquisite music.

<b>Gauhar</b> will be staged in the Bay Area on Feb 10 and 11. For tickets etc. please click <b>HERE</b>.

Event made possible with the support of the Sarah Kailath Chair of India Studies

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Feb 8, 5pm to 7pm, 10 (ISAS Conf. Room) Stephens Hall

The Town on Notice: Dance Performance and Panel Discussion on Gentrification

Dimensions Dance Theater,

When Gertrude Stein wrote in her 1937 book Everybody's Autobiography, "There is no there there," she was expressing her regret upon learning that the neighborhood in which she had lived (today known as Bella Vista) was being torn down to make way for an industrial park; over time, the quote has been misconstrued as a derogatory description of Oakland as a whole, and this dismissal has been difficult to overcome. All in all, Oakland is an urban conundrum, and Dimension Dance Theater's "The Town On Notice" seeks to explore the community and its many facets at this moment in history in the form of storytelling, dance, music, photography, film and drama.

Dimensions Dance Theater (DDT) is a professional dance company and school that was founded in Oakland in the early 70's. DDT is widely recognized for its outstanding presentation of both traditional African dances and contemporary choreography drawn from African, Jazz, and Modern dance idioms.

Feb 8, 7pm to 9pm, 112 Wurster Hall, UC Berkeley