Padmaja Suresh presents
Paper, Performance, workshops
Sept 1 - 10, 2014 Bulgaria
Sept 12 - 15, 2014 Latvia

Aug 8, 2014

Conference at Bulgaria: Sept 1 - 10, 2014
Dr. Padmaja Suresh’s scientific paper Aesthetic Joy, an esoteric journey has been accepted for presentation (oral and performance based) at the forthcoming SGEM, a top level multi disciplinary conference involving well known international universities and associate organizations to be held between 1st and 10th September at Albena, Varna City, Bulgaria. This paper is an abstract and full paper from her thesis related book- Tantra the science and Natya the Art - a two faceted reality and talks in depth about the emanation of the artistic spirit from the microcosmic self leading to fulfillment by a process, integral in the form of the dance itself, of opening up the energy circles in the subtle body and mind to unite with supreme consciousness. There is a dance workshop planned for delegates and a brief performance at the concluding ceremony.

Sept 8, 5pm
SGEM Multi Disciplinary Conference: Padmaja Suresh presents scientific paper ‘Aesthetic Joy- an esoteric journey,’ at plenary session, conference hall.
At: Flamingo Grand, Albena, Near Varna City, Bulgaria

Sept 9, 2.15pm to 5pm
Padmaja Suresh conducts workshop on introduction to the hand gestures and expressive elements of Indian classical dance at the mini hall of the same venue

Performance and workshop at Latvia: Sept 12 - 15, 2014
Padmaja’s full fledged Bharatanatyam thematic performance will be held in the Riga Theater, Stabu Street, Latvia on 12th September and a five day workshop will be conducted for two batches of students. One batch belongs to a popular local Indian dance institution, Bharata (of Bharatanatyam dancer, choreographer, Larisa) who will all be trained in few chosen dance pieces from the Margam repertoire and given insight into symbolism, image significance and spirituality in Bharatanatyam. The other batch would comprise of new students enrolling for this to get introduction to the philosophy behind the Indian dance stream as well as basic skill and movement technique.

Sept 12
Natyollasah, thematic performance at Riga Theater, Stabu Street, Latvia

Sept 11, 13, 14 & 15
Workshop at the Dance Studio, Bharata, C/o Ms. Larisa

About Padmaja
Bharatanatyam dancer, teacher, researcher, social worker and choreographer, Dr. Padmaja has been trained by prominent gurus in dance and music, her mentor being the renowned Guru K. Kalyanasundaram of Sri Rajarajeswari Kalamandir, Mumbai. She hails from a family of renowned artistes - her great-grandfather Kalamandalam Maddalam Vengicheswamy and father Chakyar Koothu K.K. Rajan. She holds degrees in Commerce, Law, Diploma in choreography, a Masters in Philosophy and a doctorate from Department of Philosophy, Mysore University. Her institution Aatmalaya imparts training in classical dance and music and has a charitable wing Kalachaitanya for propagating arts for lesser privileged and rural children.

The ICCR had delegated Padmaja on performance / lec-dem tours to various countries as cultural ambassador. She writes regularly in journals and leading newspapers. Her major productions include Ritu Sringara, Navadarshanam, Swami Saranam, Harihararpanam, Ekam Sat, Adi Antam, Natya Veda, Ahimsa Shakti and Shaivam.  Her book Tantra the Science and Natya the Art has been well appreciated for its esoteric study of dance.

Kalachaitanya, a socially focused cultural project was started in 2004 for instilling dance and music education for government school children and rural areas and giving opportunities for them at performances, had concluded recently with the arangetram of two students. Workshops were conducted for hundreds not only at Karnataka but also Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Leh Ladakh and Raipur. All this was completely free or with least resources.  Inculcation of discipline, concentration and self-confidence, preparing students for dance exams and teaching basic lessons in classical arts formed a major part of the training method which was mainly conducted by Padmaja and about twelve to twenty senior students in rotation. Having received moderate funding from Central Government, this would enter a new phase with added goals from August 2014. Now, the idea is to expand to include experts from other allied fields like Yoga and martial arts. The new approach would be to make the training useful in building up their awareness about hygiene, sexual abuse and safeguarding themselves. Classes would be conducted on weekends after school hours in dance, music, yoga and martial arts. Empowerment of women through enabling education in the arts will be the primary objective. Along with these workshops, there would be regular performances held at the premises by professionals. At present, schools enrolling for this are in Bangalore, areas such as Seshadripuram, Hebbal, Srirampuram and Basaveshwara Nagar.

Scheme for tribal children
Aatmalaya would take up the cause of initiating tribal children into classical dance and preparing them towards scholarships from the CCRT, Delhi. Students would be selected from the schools at Bangalore enrolled for Kalachaitanya as well as places like Bilaspur where classes have been taken in the past and Chattisgarh where a workshop will be undertaken through the University dance department in August third week.