June 02 2020
Natya Kala Conference opens on December 26
21 December 2018

Srinidhi Chidambaram is the curator of the event, titled, ‘Aneka,’

The Natyakala Conference organised as part of the December Festival by Sri Krishna Gana will in its 38th edition bring together scholars and artistes to discuss various aspects of dance.

Convened and conceptualised by Dr. Srinidhi Chidambaram for three years in a row, the conference titled ‘Aneka’ will be held from December 26 to 30 at the sabha.

The conference will be inaugurated by Natyacharyas V.P. and Shanta Dhanajayan and the Guest of Honour will be Vasanthalakshmi Narasimhachari.

Different concepts

‘Aneka — many a hue, many a moment,’ signifies the infinite variety that defines the world of classical dance. Srinidhi, with her over 40 years in the field, has been focussing on concepts for the conference that will bridge the gap between the old and the new, the accepted and the debatable, the local and the global.

The conference has three distinct verticals — Timeless will focus on treasures from the past, Transformative will highlight new ideas and Trending is about current issues in the world of dance.

Day 1: 10.30 a.m. - ‘The Karanas Decoded’ by Mahati Kannan; 11.30 a.m. - ‘Manodharma in Kathak and Dance Theatre’ by Sanjukta Wagh; 12.15 p.m. - ‘Jathi - the long and short of it’: a panel discussion moderated by Priya Murle; Special session (4 p.m. at Nila, 51, Kasturi Rangan Road, Teynampet) — a psychological primer on handling sexual misconduct, a talk by clinical psychologist Dr. Sabitha Sultana, Apollo Hospitals, Chennai.

Day 2: 9.30 a.m. screening of the film on Mrinalini Sarabhai by Sunil Kothari; 10.20 a.m.- The Modern Dance Ensemble, Apsaras Arts; 11.05 a.m. - ‘Millennial Adavus’ by Apoorva Jayaraman and Shweta Prachande; 11.55 a.m. – panel discussion on ‘Caste, gender, privilege and their roles in the Bharatanatyam landscape’ (moderated by V. Sriram); 3.30 p.m. at The Studio, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha - workshop on ‘Elaboration and abstraction in Bharatanatyam’ by Geeta Chandran.

Day 3: 9.30 a.m. - ‘The beauty and legacy of Vilasini Natyam’ by Purva Dhanashree; 10 a.m. - ‘Netrabhinaya in Kutiyattam’ by Sooraj Nambiar; 10.40 a.m. - ‘Bhakti re-imagined’ by Pavitra Bhat; 11.30 a.m. - ‘The Crux of Copyright in Performing Arts’ by Anita Ratnam and Gladys Daniel; 12.10 p.m. - panel discussion on ‘The imperativeness of artistic legacy’, moderated by Chitra Sundaram; 4 p.m. - workshop on health, fitness and well-being by Dr. Sheela Nambiar and Dr. Srinidhi Chidambaram at The Folly, Amethyst.

Day 4: 9.30 a.m. - panel discussion on ‘One varnam, many banis,’ moderated by Dr. Srinidhi Chidambaram; 10.35 a.m. – ‘Manipuri for modern times’ by Shilpika Bordoloi; 11.20 a.m. – ‘Choreography for a mobile generation’ by Rukmini Vijayakumar; 11.55 a.m. – ‘Manodharma: of spontaneity and improvisations,’ presented by Dr. Srinidhi Chidambaram with Dakshina Vaidhyanathan, Indu and Sri Nidheesh, Meera Sreenarayanan, K. Sarveshan, Sudharma Vaithiyanathan; special session on ‘A journey to Thiruvottriyur’ with historian V. Sriram.

Day 5: 9.30 a.m. - ‘Gondhali to Gujili - Traditions of Sadir music, dance and literature’by Swarnamalya Ganesh; 10.05 a.m. - ‘Bhaav in Kathak; Juxtaposition of artistry and reimagined history’ by Madhu Natraj; 10.40 a.m. ‘Evolving complexities in laya’ by Madurai R. Muralidharan and Kavya Muralidharan; 11.40 a.m. - Dance quiz by Aalaap.

The conference closes at 12.45 p.m. with a vote of thanks.

The conference is open to all. To register for workshops email nkc.workshop@gmail.com



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