Sri Krishna Gana Sabha presents
The 36th Natya Kala Conference
Sthiti Gati
Dec 26 - 30, 2016 Chennai

November 18, 2016

The Convenor of the Natya Kala Conference (NKC), this year, dancer and choreographer Dr. Srinidhi Chidambaram, shares with us her curatorial process and lets us into what’s in store at NKC this year.

Srinidhi Chidambaram
The 36th Natya Kala Conference (NKC), presented and hosted by Sri Krishna Gana Sabha is scheduled between December 26 and December 30, 2016. The conference is titled STHITI GATI, and is focused on exploring integral aspects of Bharatanatyam from three perspectives – the past, present and the future. Designed in an attempt to delve deep into past, present, and future of this classical form, each day of this five-day conference will showcase veterans, scholars, experts, and artistes, who will enlighten and share with audiences, insights into integral aspects of the dance form.
Ask Srinidhi to share with us her curatorial process and she says, “The conference this year, is a celebration of Bharatanatyam and its journey. Sthiti, in Sanskrit, refers to a sense of stability, rootedness and of being constant. Gati, on the other hand, symbolises movement, evolution and dynamism. That’s really what Bharatanatyam is about - it is traditional but contemporary, rooted but dynamic, constant and continuous.”

Sthiti Gati will sparkle because of its stars - a galaxy of artistes - who will lend it sheen drawn from their own mastery and experience of this art form. In addition to the stalwarts and scholars, the conference also offers the young and the aspiring an opportunity to share and exchange ideas and perspectives. “I’d like for the conference to be a forum for meaningful discussions. I’m hoping for people to go back a little enriched, a little energised, encouraged to continue to nurture and be nourished by this art form,” says Srinidhi.
Every day of the conference explores, in-depth a particular subject and will unfold in the form of talks, performances and presentations. Among the ideas that Sthiti Gati will investigate are the idea of the dancer through the ages, presentation and performance, the teacher and the taught, creativity and expression and dance-life balance.
In its attempt to truly engage with audiences and to ensure that the participation is both wide, sizeable and relevant, Srinidhi has already begun reaching out to dance schools across the city, and begun a conversation with dance teachers and inviting them to participate in the conference, with their students. “We are organizing transport so students are not inconvenienced to travel afar. We are also working towards live streaming the conference so its reach is far and wide. We are looking to enable a real-time question and answer with one of our global viewers and ensure they have an opportunity as well, to partake of the conference. There are a few more interesting ideas like that but some things are meant to be a surprise.”


December 26, 2016
The Dancer through the Ages
- 9.30am – 10.25am: Inauguration (Guest of honour: Dr. Vyjayanthimala Bali)
Keynote address by Dr. Srinidhi Chidambaram
Conferring of Award “Natya Kala Visaarada ha” to Dr. Pappu Venugopal Rao by Dr. Vyjayanthimala Bali
-10.30am – 11am: The Bharatanatyam Dancer from an Era Bygone: Reflections by Lakshmi Viswanathan
-11am - 11.10am: Q and A with Lakshmi Viswanathan
-11.10am - 11.20am: Tea Break
-11.25am - 11.55am: Bharatanatyam Stars and the Silver Screen: A Narrative by Revathy Sankaran
-11.55am -12.05pm: Q and A with Revathy Sankkaran
-12.10pm - 1pm: The Dancer, The Persona - Of Today and Tomorrow: A panel discussion
Panelists: Aniruddha Knight, Gayatri Krishnaveni Lakshmanan, Meenakshi Srinivasan, Narthaki Nataraj, Uma Nambudripad Sathya Narayanan 
Moderator: Dr. Srinidhi Chidambaram

December 27, 2016
Of Creativity and Expression
-9.30am - 10.05am: The Magic of the Margam - Poetry, Musicality, Movement: An Exploration by Alarmel Valli
-10.05am - 10.15am: Q and A with Alarmel Valli
-10.20am - 10.55am: The Thematic Solo - Birth and Growth - Reflections by Dr Padma Subrahmanyam
-10.55am - 11.05am: Q and A with Dr Padma Subrahmanyam
-11.10am - 11.20am: Tea Break
-11.25am - 11.55am: Dynamics of the Group Performance - A Presentation by The Dhananjayans
-11.55am - 12.05pm: Q and A with The Dhananjayans

December 28, 2016
Of Presentation and Performance: What has changed?
-9.30am - 10.05am: Making Bharatanatyam Accessible - Themes and Techniques: Observations by Rama Vaidyanathan
-10.05am - 10.15am: Q and A with Rama Vaidyanathan
-10.20am - 11.10am: Music for Dance: A panel discussion
 Panelists: S Rajeswari, Nellai Kannan, Madurai R Muralidharan, Radha Badri, Rajkumar Bharati
Moderator: Lalgudi GJR Krishnan
-11.10am – 11.20am: Tea Break
-11.25am – 11.55am: Emerging Trends in Performance and Presentation: A Presentation by Dr Anita Ratnam
-11.55am – 12.05am: Q and A with Dr Anita Ratnam
-12.10pm – 12.40pm: Costume and Stage Aesthetics Down the Ages: A Demonstration by V.V. Ramani

December 29, 2016
8am - 9am: The Thinking Body, a film by Kadambari (Screening at Kamakoti Hall)

The Teacher and the Taught
-9.30am - 10.05am: When the Traditional Gurus Taught…
A Conversation between Nandini Ramani and Swamimalai Suresh
-10.05am - 10.15am: Q and A with Nandini Ramani and Swamimalai Suresh
-10.20am - 10.55am: Parampara of the Dance Institution: Priyadarsini Govind and Dr Gowri Ramnarayan exchange notes
-10.55am - 11.05am: Q and A with Priyadarsini Govind and Dr Gowri Ramnarayan
-11.10am - 11.20am: Tea Break
-11.25am - 12.30pm: Teaching Bharatanatyam Today: A panel discussion
Panelists: Anitha Guha, Bragha Bessel, Parvathi Ravi Ghantasala, Ramya Harishankar, Roja Kannan, Sheela Unnikrishnan
Moderator: Urmila Sathyanarayanan

December 30, 2016
Dance-Life Balance
-9.30am - 10.05am: The Body as Canvas: A Presentation by Malavika Sarukkai
-10.05am - 10.15am: Q and A with Malavika Sarukkai
-10.20am - 10.55am: Strength Matters: A lecture by Dr. Sheela Nambiar
-10.55am - 11.05am: Q and A with Dr. Sheela Nambiar
-11.10 - 11.20am: Tea Break
-11.25am - 11.55am: The Economics of Dance: Points of View by Geeta Chandran
-11.55am - 12.05pm: Q and A with Geeta Chandran
-12.10pm – 12.40pm: A Multifaceted Journey in Bharatanatyam: A presentation by Shobana
-12.40pm – 12.50pm: Q and A with Shobana
-12.55pm – 1.05pm: Closing remarks by Dr. Srinidhi Chidambaram

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