Shambhavi School of Dance presents
Nayika - Kuchipudi seminar
Seva Sadan, 10am to 1pm
March 5, 2017 Bangalore

February 27, 2017

Shambhavi School of Dance is back with its fourth edition of Nayika, happening in Bangalore at Seva Sadan, Malleshwaram on 5th March 2017 from 10am to 1pm. Nayika is one of a kind seminar dedicated to the art of Kuchipudi, aimed at discovering, demonstrating and discussing the contribution of women to Kuchipudi.

Kuchipudi was originally a Natya technique called as Kuchipudi Bhagavatam or Yakshagana. In the early days it was presented only by young Brahmin boys who narrated stories from the Bhagavatam. Even the feminine roles were played by men. With the passing of time, Kuchipudi has also branched out as a solo form, welcoming women into its fold. It was Guru Vedantam Lakshminarayana Sastry who was instrumental in introducing women into this art form and ever since, there has been a remarkable contribution made by women.

Nayika, the brain child of Vyjayanthi Kashi, is of importance not only to dancers but to all whose love for dance runs deep. It is meant for all those who want to know a little more about the history and evolution of Kuchipudi.

As part of Nayika 2017 Shambhavi is happy to feature legendary dancers from different parts of India and USA. Sumathy Kaushal - USA, Smita Shastri - Ahemadabad, Usha Gayathri - Hyderabad, Bala Kondala Rao - Vishakapatnam and Vyjayanthi Kashi from Bangalore. 

Today, the number of students learning traditional dance has increased tremendously. At the same time, students invest less time in knowing about the history and challenges of dance forms. Knowing the past helps one to understand the approach and philosophy of an art form. One need not try and become a ‘photocopy’ of the past, but there is a need to understand the larger gamut of art and create something which will inspire the youth and the future generations to come.
Through this seminar, Shambhavi wishes to document and bring to light:
- Contributions made by women in limelight and those lesser known in India and globally.
- Challenges faced by women of different generations who have grown to become gurus, performers, researchers, organizers, nattuvanars, cultural ambassadors or critics in preserving, promoting and popularizing this art form.
- The role and path taken by women in making Kuchipudi global.
- Guidelines to the younger generation to continue to preserve and spread the glory of Kuchipudi in the years to come.
- To create an archive of information that is generally not available through books or other sources.
- To foster a healthy community of dancers by way of interactive sessions.
- To understand the challenges, repertoire and training methods followed by artists of yester generations.
- To honor and celebrate womanhood that has excelled in all walks of life.

On this occasion, the prestigious NATYASHASTRA AWARD is conferred on an eminent personality who has significantly contributed to the field of Kuchipudi .This year the award will be given to Sumathy Kaushal, one of the senior gurus of Kuchipudi.

Come to Nayika not only to enjoy and observe but to learn, question, comment and share your insights.