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|Introduction||Sharanya Manivannan was born in India in 1985 and grew up in Sri Lanka and Malaysia. She is a writer, dancer, painter, actress, photographer and journalist. She is working on her first novel, Constellation of Scars, and a collection of poems, Witchcraft, and recently published Iyari, a handmade chapbook of poems and illustrations. Her solo show, Ochre As The Earth, held in June 2007, was a pioneering event in the Kuala Lumpur arts scene. As a spoken word artist, she has performed at dozens of venues in the last six years, from indie cafes to the Borobudur Temple in Indonesia. Her work negotiates the intricacies of imagined exile, combining the core concepts of ananku (Tamil), iyari (Huichol) and duende (flamenco), and has frequently been described as brutal, sensual and original. Between August 2007 and February 2008, she has or will be performing and participating in the Utan Kayu International Literary Biennale in Indonesia, Singapore Writers' Festival, PIF: The Politically Incorrect Festival and Poetry With Prakriti in Chennai, the Galle International Literary Festival in Sri Lanka, and Kitab in Mumbai.|
|Favorite Movies||Y Tu Mama Tambien. Kannathil Muthamittal. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. The Sound of Music. Navarasa. Butterfly (Hudie). Monsoon Wedding. Amelie. Everything Is Illuminated. In Search of A Road. Hedwig and the Angry Inch.|
|Favorite Music||Tori Amos, Billie Holiday, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Mohammad Rafi, Goo Goo Dolls, Lhasa, Lila Downs, M.S. Subbulakshmi, S.P.Balasubramanyam, Paula Cole, Sarah McLachlan, Outkast, PJ Harvey, Erykah Badu, Third Eye Blind, Chavela Vargas, Alanis Morrisette, The Cure, Dido, Norah Jones, Amy Winehouse, Shakira, Natalie Merchant, Damien Rice, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Aimee Mann, Bjork, Bic Runga, Leonard Cohen, Ani DiFranco, Jack Johnson, Jimi Hendrix, Enriqueta Jimenez.|
|Favorite Books||Anil's Ghost (Michael Ondaatje), The God of Small Things (Arundhati Roy), Liliane (Ntozake Shange), Paula (Isabel Allende), The Blue Bedspread (Raj Kamal Jha), Dreaming In Cuban (Cristina Garcia). Anais Nin. Margaret Atwood. Naomi Shihab Nye. Dorianne Laux. Ai. Sandra Cisneros. Louise Erdrich. Jeanette Winterson. Alice Walker. Barbara Kingsolver. Sharon Olds. Cherrie Moraga. Gloria Anzaldua. Amy Tan. Shyam Selvadurai. Octavio Paz. Junot Diaz. The translations of A.K.Ramanujam. Eugenio Montejo. Everything else by Ondaatje.|
You've been entered in a shadow puppet contest. What's your best pose?
Tribhanga ~ Because my hips don't lie. ;)