Aditi Mittal is a comedian, writer, actress and father. She has been having a SUPER couple of years because she got to...
Aditi Mittal in conversation with Paromita Vohra
Humour, satire, and social critique are an ingrained part of performance forms in India. See any village theatre performance and you will see the kattiyankaran/vidushak/clown character of the region lampooning all manner of people and social customs, while making the connect between the story of the performance and local contemporary reality. Comic interpolations are there across Indian performance forms, and the comic characters deeply loved and looked forward to by audiences.
With stand-up, comedy steps out of a larger performance frame and becomes a form in itself. Stand-up comedy as practiced in India, drawing its roots from the West, tends to get viewed as a masculine form. Even though women's biting, sarcastic, and sexual humour is very much part of our cultural context and history - from your family's incorrigible aunty to the poets of the Tamil Sangam and Dakhini traditions.
We are delighted to invite Aditi Mittal - hungry, cold, late for work & stand-up comedian - to be in conversation with Paromita Vohra at Mumbai Local. Aditi sees standup essentially as a form of theatre, which is marvellously apparent in her performances. Through their conversation, Aditi and Paromita will explore the craft of stand-up comedy and the gendered nature of humour asking if female humour is different from male humour? They will also explore the possibilities of stand-up in our context, anchored in a discussion of Aditi's work, approach and thinking and Paromita's curiosity about the form in our context and history.
Look forward to an amazing evening with two unabashedly witty and brilliantly incisive people. Mazaa aaye ga - there's no doubt about it!
For those of you who absolutely cannot make it to the venue, we will be live on Facebook for you. Join us on our page at 5 pm on Saturday, 7th July.
This session is curated by: Paromita Vohra - Filmmaker and writer, Founder and Director of Parodevi Pictures, Founder and Creative Director of Agents of Ishq
@ MCubed Library, Bandra (W) - 1st Sat, 5 pm
@ Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla (E) - 2nd Sun, 5 pm
@ Kitab Khana, Fort - 3rd Fri, 5:30 pm
Aditi Mittal is a comedian, writer, actress and father. She has been having a SUPER couple of years because she got to perform at Melbourne Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Comedy festival, got a Netflix special called "Things They Wouldn't Let Me Say", released her own show with BBC Radio 4 called "Beginners Guide To India" and she's been travelling on an expired local train pass for the past month without getting caught. (After writing this bio she got it a new one jic you were wondering).
She's currently touring her second stand-up comedy special "Global Village Idiot," so please do come by and watch it if you can. Sales from tickets is the only way she is able to waste time writing nonsensical bios or pretending to know what she's talking about in a session like this.
Paromita Vohra is an award-winning filmmaker and writer whose work focuses on gender, feminism, urban life, love, desire and popular culture and spans many forms including documentary, fiction, print, video and sound installation. She is known for having created a uniquely personal, popular voice in Indian documentary.
Her films include the path-breaking Unlimited Girls and Q2P as well as Partners in Crime, Morality TV and the Loving Jehad, Where' Sandra, Cosmopolis: Two Tales of A City and A Woman's Place. She also directed the cutting-edge prime time TV series Connected Hum Tum.
She has written the internationally released Pakistani film Khamosh Pani (Silent Waters) and several documentaries. Her writing has been published in various anthologies including Bombay Meri Jaan: Writings on Mumbai, The Tranquebar Book of Indian Erotica, The Penguin Book of Schooldays, Defending Our Dreams and First Proof and journals, including Signs, South Asian Journal of Popular Culture, Bioscope. Outlook, Vogue, India Today, Elle, Indian Express, Times of India, Mint, The Ladies Finger, Scroll.in and Yahoo Originals.
She writes popular weekly columns in Sunday Mid-day and Mumbai Mirror and is currently working on Agents of Ishq a multi-media, digital project about sex, love and desire, already being noted for its fresh take and creative approach to digital media.