The Threshold is a musical conversation. In this unique and intimate production, musical duo Pallavi and Bindhumalini explore the issue of gender and its lived experiences through a lens of compassion. From the stories of Hypatia, Agnodice, Kharbaoucha and Fanny Mendelson, to the songs of Sule Sunkkavva, Nina Simone and Meera, The Threshold celebrates the tales of remarkable women across continents and spanning generations.
Pallavi and Bindhu’s voices weave the lesser-known journeys of these women, accentuated with a rich plethora of sounds from instruments such as the harmonium, flute, kazoo, swarmandal, udukkai, ghungroo, kartal, rainmaker and the banjo. They will be singing in a variety of South Asian languages, as well as Italian, Spanish and English.
Pallavi MD is a singer, actor, sound designer, composer, editor and filmmaker, with works featuring multidisciplinary collaborations. Pallavi’s solo play C Sharp C Blunt won her the META best actress award. She also claimed the Best Actress Award at the Aryabhatta Award for her role in teleseries Garva. Pallavi bagged the Karnataka State Film Award for Best Playback Singer in 2006 and 2007 for her song Nodayya sung in the film Duniya. She has received the State Kempegowda award for her contribution in the field of music, and the Central Academy's Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar award for her work in music and poetry.
Bindhumalini juggles many hats. She is a musician, music director, actor and graphic designer, on top of being one of the rare artists trained in both carnatic and Hindustani classical forms. Bindhu is known for her soulful voice and deeply spiritual renditions of poetry and songs of the mystics from the subcontinent. She has composed and sung for films, theatre productions, jingles and independent albums in Hindi, Kannada, and Tamil. Recently, Bhindu won the National Film Award for Best Playback Singer – Female for Mayavi Manave from the movie Nathicharami (2018).