India / Australia
Speakers' Corner Stage 6
Australian author Robyn Davidson is best known for her books Tracks, the memoir of her 2700 km trek across the Australian desert in the late ‘70s, and Desert Places, about migrating with the members of India’s nomadic Rabari tribe from 1990-92. Robyn became familiar with Manganiyar artists when she lived in Rajasthan, and her ties to India remain strong; she shares her time between Melbourne and the Himalayas. Here, she meets playwright Roysten Abel, Director of The Manganiyar Seduction, for an in depth conversation about the extraordinarily rich Manganiyar musical tradition.