(Suriname, 1951) is an elocutionist, singer, poet and actress. She moved to the Netherlands in 1968 when she was seventeen, only to begin writing poetry when she was forty-four. She frequently performs her poetry in front of an audience. On 15 november 2008 the show Nobody Like Gilda, Bang, Bang had its premiere. It is a poetic and musical story about her own journey through life with various musical influences, on Surinamese sounds and jazz to classical music. The passing of time and the insights it brings is one of the themes in her work, like in Adem (Breath): 'At a slow pace, dissecting setbacks reflectively, there where wisdom and candour flow together, truth will enter, ripples of life will speak'.
Archive available for: Gilda Dannarag
mud of Suriname
sticking to the soles of my feet
still leaving traces behind
on the shiny tile paving
Writes the Hindustani-Surinamese poet and musician Raj Mohan. In the programme Poets of the Memory fourpoets shared the stage with evocations of the past. They write about native soil, about the land they live in and about the land of the ancestors. Also with the Surinamese grand old poet Shrinivási, performing artist and poet Gilda Dannarag and the Curaçaon poet and visual artist Philip Rademaker. It turned out to be an hour full of enchanting poetry and candid conversations about forgotten stories and possible truths. Host: Tanja Fraai.