Natya Vriksha celebrates
World Dance Day
India International Centre
April 30, May 1, 2016 New Delhi

March 31, 2016

Natya Vriksha celebrates World Dance Day over two days in Delhi. 

Dates: April 30 & May 1, 2016
Venue: India International Centre, New Delhi

Saturday 30 April
10 am to 1pm: Public Demonstration of Bharatanatyam class at Natya Vriksha conducted by Geeta Chandran. What is taught might ostensibly seem like movements set to rhythm and sound, but a closer look reveals it to be an ode to poetry and philosophy, textiles and treatises.
4pm: Geeta Chandran in a dialogue with Dr. Yamini Krishnamurthi, who will share her history, memories and thoughts.
- Bhavna Reddy, Kuchipudi
- FROM THE ATTIC: Interactive presentation in Bharatanatyam by Dr. Swarnamalya Ganesh (Chennai). She will present her recreation and research of the old histories of Bharatanatyam/Sadr dance/Devadasi dance.

Sunday 1 May
10 am to 1pm: Movement workshop by Dr. Anita Ratnam, open to all styles. In MUSCLE MEMORY, the body as canvas/storehouse for memories, movements and choreography involves voice, breath, movement and dance, and will lead segues between learned dance routines and everyday postures.  The somatic inspired 3 hour intensive will examine what the urban Indian body - born in the decade before the millennium - has imbibed through parental inputs, a guru’s lessons and the 24/7 carousel of technology and social media.  The workshop participants will be asked to "mine" their memories for individual body behaviour, examine the daily “performance” of Indian ritual as “performance" and re-look at the decade or more of training in classical dance or allied movement disciplines. What the muscle retains as “remembered vocabulary” is often very different from what the mind has processed through formal dance classes.
4pm: Tribute to Kalanidhi Narayanan
Speakers/Performers: Dr. Kapila Vatsyayan, who catalysed Kalanidhi to renew her work in Bharatanatyam abhinaya; Kalanidhi’s students Jamuna Krishnan; Rasika Khanna and Prathibha Prahlad
- Dr. Vasudevan Iyengar, Bharatanatyam (Delhi)
- Sanjukta Sinha, Kathak (Ahmedabad) presents RIWAYAAT which means tradition. Riwayaat is planned as a musical journey in search of the love that is mystically divine.

Curator: Geeta Chandran
Collaboration: Natya Vriksha and Ministry of Culture