November 08, 2011

Natya Darshan - Seminar

Kartik Fine Arts hosts a seminar on dance every year during the December music and dance festival season.
The theme for this year is MAD and DIVINE women - Mystic saint poets of India and beyond
The seminar will be held for three days, December 23 - 25, 2011.
Dancer Anita Ratnam will curate and convene the three day event this year and 2012.

Venue: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore, Chennai

MAD AND DIVINE is the title for the three day dance conference and performance event that will feature academics, poets, performers, writers, historians and cultural commentators who will discuss and share the many exciting and varied nuances of the magnificent poetry of India’s beloved female poet saints. The raw passions of Andal, Mirabai, Akka Mahadevi, Lal Ded, Avvaiyar, Siddheswari and several others will come alive through dance, verse, music and talks.

Dec 23, 2011 Friday

10 - 10.10am: Dr. Anita Ratnam’s welcome address and introduction to the day's program, and inauguration by Mr. L Sabaretnam, Chairman, Kartik Fine Arts
10.15 – 10.40am: Shanta Serbjeet Singh (Delhi), Vice Chairman, Sangeet Natak Akademi, keynote address on ‘Mad and Divine’
10.45 – 11.05am: Dr. Archana Venkatesan, University of California (Davis), speaks on ‘Legends of the Goddess: Andal stories in the Srivaishnava traditions’
11.05 – 11.20am: tea break
11.20 – 11.50am: Vidhya Subramanian (USA), performance of ‘Ojas – with that spiritual energy I yearn’
12– 12.30pm: Dr. Devdutt Pattanaik (Mumbai), mythologist and corporate trainer, speaks on ‘Myth of the Mad Mystical Women’
12.40 to 1pm: Interactive session


5pm: Narthaki Nataraj (Chennai), ‘SUTTA PAZHAM’ (Avvaiyar)
6.15pm: Maddhu Nattraj and Ramya Reddy (Bangalore), ‘NIRVAYA - DISSOLVING IN DIVINITY’
7.30pm: Malavika Sarukkai (Chennai), ‘MANAME BRINDAVANAME’ (Andal)

Dec 24, 2011 Saturday

10am: Introduction by Anita Ratnam
10.15 – 10.45am: Rajashree Shirke (Mumbai), performance ‘Sant Kanhopatra’ on Marathi women saints
10.50 – 11.10am: Dr. Madhavi Narsalay, University of Mumbai, speaks on ‘Institutionalizing identity through divinity: Female saint poetesses of Maharashtra’
11.10 – 11.30am: tea break
11.30 – 12pm: Priya Sarukkai Chabria (Pune) speaks on ‘Aandaal - the Autobiography of a Goddess’
12 – 12.30pm: Interactive session

Evening Performances:

5pm: Sangeeta Isvaran (Chennai), ‘KARAIKKAL AMMAIYAR’
6.15pm: Aditi Mangaldas (New Delhi), 3 SOLOS includes ‘Seeking the Beloved’ on Meerabai
7.30pm: Mythili Prakash (USA), ‘AIKYA: IN THE VOICE OF AKKA MAHADEVI’

Dec 25, 2011 Sunday

10am: Introduction by Anita Ratnam
10.15 – 10.45am: Chitra Visweswaran (Chennai), performance on ‘Meerabai’
10.45 – 11.15am: Honoring of Vyjayantimala Bali with Lifetime Achievement Award, Acceptance speech, Anita Ratnam in conversation with Vyjayantimala Bali
11.15 – 11.30am: tea break
11.30 – 12pm: Madhureeta Anand (Delhi), ‘Hearts in ecstasy: A presentation of images and words about Sadhvis’
12– 1pm: Plenary session coordinated by Dr. Ketu H Katrak (USA), ‘Creative representations of ‘Madness’ accessing the Divine’
12 - 12.20pm: Nirupama Vaidhyanathan (USA) speaks on ‘Meerabai and St. Teresa of Avila: Lives in parallel worlds’
12.20 – 12.45pm: Pallabi Chakravorty & Scott Kugle (USA), ‘Dancing for a divine beloved: Mah Laqa Bai and Mira Bai between Hinduism and Islam’
12.45 – 1pm: Closing remarks by Dr. Ketu H Katrak and Interactive session
1 – 1.15pm: Anita Ratnam sums up and introduces next year's conference

Evening Performances
5pm: Zakir Hussain (Chennai), ‘VANAMAALAI - THE GARLAND OF LOVE’ (Andal)
6.15pm: Meenakshi Chittaranjan (Chennai), ‘SAINT THIRUNAVAKKARASAR - THE LORD, MY LOVER’
7.30pm: Rama Vaidyanathan (Delhi), ‘SOULFUL ABHANGS AND THOUGHTFUL VAKHS’ (Janabai and Lalleshwari)

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