NATYA KALA CONFERENCE
Presented by Sri Krishna Gana Sabha, Chennai
Venue: Dr.Nalli’s Gana Vihar, Chennai
Dates: December 15 - 21, 2002
Time: 9am to 12noon
Convener: Leela Samson



DANCE - CONTEXT, CONTENT AND CORE
Dr. Smt. Kapila Vatsyayan will chair the Seminar

15th December ’02
‘The Socio-Political Spaces of the Dance’
Speakers:
1. Dr. Rajeev Bhargav - Head of the Department of Political Science, Delhi University
2. Smt. Sonal Mansingh - Dancer/ Choreographer
Demonstration - Folk form of Tamil Nadu

16th December ’02
‘The Vaastu of Dance’
Speakers:
1. Smt. Sashikala Ananth - Architect/Vaastu Practitioner/Author of books on Vaastu: Sacred Spaces, with Ganapathy Sthapathi.
‘The Impact of Energy fields and building geometry on the Dancer’
2. Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan - Scholar, writer on aspects of Indian art.
3.Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam - Dancer/ Scholar ‘The Karanas’
Demonstration: Kathakali - Sadanam Balakrishnan, Principal, International Centre for Kathakali, Delhi

17th December ’02
‘‘The Word in Dance’
1. Dr. C. S. Lakshmi, Writer - ‘Capturing Art and Artists’
2.Margi Madhu - Kudiyattam - ‘Transcending Text’
3.V. A. K. Ranga Rao - ‘Poetry for Dance’
Demonstration: Margi Madhu

18th December ’02
‘The Dancers’ Body’
1. Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan - ‘The Geometry of body-space - its Philosophy and Execution’
2. Dr. Desikachariar - Yoga Mandiram - ‘Breath in the Yoga Shastra’
3. Dr. Kannan Pughazhendi - Doctor of Sport Medicine, Y.M.C.A. Chennai - ‘Martial arts, Injury and Maintanence’
4. Padmini Chettur - Modern dancer
Demonstration: By participant speakers

19th December ’02
‘The Musical Content in Dance’
1. Dr.Karaikudi. S. Subramaniam - Formerly, Professor, University of Madras. Founder, Brhaddhvani, Research and Training Centre For Music of the World, Chennai - ‘Transcending limits through an exploration of the tana varnam’.
2. S. Rajaram - Director, Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai - Composer/ Musician - ‘Composing for Dance/Dance Dramas’
3. Guru Rohini Bhate - ‘‘ The Literary and Musical Content in Kathak’
4. O. S. Arun - Singer ‘Singing and Composing for Dance - A musicians point of view’
Demonstration: By the speakers

20th December ’02
‘Teaching and Learning’
1. Prof. Anandalakshmi - ‘Process, Product and Person’
2. Prof. S. Ramanujam - ‘New Methods for Old Sciences’
3. Radhika Herzberger, Director, Rishi Valley School - ‘Aesthetics in Education’
4. Leela Samson, Dancer/ teacher - ‘Transfer of Technique or a Culture’
Demonstration: By Anusham - Group choreography for children by Sri. L. Narendra Kumar

21st December ’02
Concluding Session - Summing Up
1. Smt. Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan, Scholar/Writer
2. Smt. Leela Venkataraman, Critic