Kartik Fine Arts presents
17th Natya Darshan
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan
Dec 22 - 24, 2017 Chennai

November 29, 2017

Kartik Fine Arts presents the 17th edition of NATYA DARSHAN over 3 evenings and two mornings at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in Mylapore from Dec 22 - 24, 2017 at Chennai. The convenor is Bharatanatyam dancer Krithika Subrahmanian.

Natya Darshan was an initiative started in 2001 to broaden the discourse around dance in India and beyond. It is an annual dance seminar Kartik Fine Arts holds during the December music and dance festival every year.

Convenor's note
Natya Darshan has been a wonderful journey and fairly arduous to curate, a continuous effort since February 2016. The first edition - ND16 was titled New Dimensions and explored the emerging aspects of classical dance in performing art space from past to present. The second edition ND17 themed NOW OR NEVER focuses on all that is current. My intention is to heighten the awareness between performers and audience which is most important. Contextually all aspects are directed on the present.

CONFER has Ramli Ibrahim sharing his experiences with Building Brand , and experts speak on panels that discuss Curating Festivals, Creating Concepts and Winning Audiences. These are the most important facets of the art for artists to be aware of to thrive in today's arena.
REVIVE is collaborative work between media artists and dance groups to dramatise the interpretation of poetry.
EXPLORE events have been programmed from across the spectrum starting with SPARK, a presentation of four prodigious talents. The EXPLORE event has performances by companies like Samudra, Attakkalari, Spilling Ink and Apsara Arts while Rukmini Vijaykumar, Sanjukta Wagh present solo. The performances are exemplary examples of their genre.

Natya Darshan will be a treat for the Chennai rasikas to experience performances on international festival standards, a relief for those from the stereotyped festival programming available in Chennai. I urge all dancers, musicians, photographers, writers, poets, theatre groups, technicians and professionals to participate and unleash the artists within themselves.

December 22, 2017

5pm: Inauguration of 17th Natya Darshan & Presentation of Life time Achievement Award to Datuk Ramli Ibrahim

6 to 7pm: EXPLORE - SPARK - Child Prodigies from 4 styles of dance to come together.
Shrinikha Purohit - Odissi, Bangalore; Neeli Akshara - Kuchipudi, Warangal; Srinidhi Nandagopal - Bharatanatyam, Chennai; Samyuktha Vinod - Mohinattam, Chennai
7 to 8pm: EXPLORE - Performance - THE COSMIC DANCE OF SHIVA by Samudra Performing Arts, Thiruvananthapuram.

December 23, 2017

9.30 To 9.45am: Keynote address by convenor Krithika Subrahmanian
9:45 to 10:30am: CONFER - Building Brand - Presentedby Datuk Ramli Ibrahim
10:30 to 10:45am: Q & A session moderated by Krithika Subrahmanian
10:45 to 11am: Coffee Break
11to 11:45 am: CONFER - Curating Festivals (International & Indian) Moderated by Prathibha Prahlad
Panel discussion by: Nalina Gopal, Chitra Sundaram, Cleveland Sundaram
11:45 to 12pm: Q & A session moderated by Pratibha Prahlad
12 to 12:45pm: REVIVE -The Literal and the Symbolic - Concept Performance

Co-curated by Dr. Anita Ratnam & Krithika Subrahmanian
Shijith Nambiar High Kicks
Dineshkumar Bhojan and Prasanna Venkatesh Tvarita
Arya Rajam Arangham

12:45 to 1pm: Q & A session moderated by Krithika Subrahmanian

4:30 to 5:15pm: EXPLORE- Matinee Medley
A SYMPHONY OF TEMPLE BELLS - Performance by Spilling Ink Dance Company, Washington DC
5:30 to 6:30pm: EXPLORE- JHEENI by Bheej - Sanjukta Wagh, Mumbai
6:45 -7:45 pm: EXPLORE - India Premiere of BHINNA VINYASA by Attakkalari Centre for Movement Arts, Bangalore

December 24, 2017

9.30 to 9.45am: Keynote address by Krithika Subrahmanian
9.45 to 10.30 am: CONFER - Winning Audiences-Moderated by Krithika Subrahmanian
Panel discussion by: Hema Rajgopalan, Gopika Varma, Kaushalya Raja Reddy
10.30 To 10.45am: Q & A Session
10.45 To 11am: Coffee Break
11to 11.45 am: CONFER - PECHA KUCHA- Creating Concepts with Shanta Ratii, V R Devika
Moderated by Krithika Subrahmanian
11.45 to 12pm: Q & A session
12.00 To 12.45pm: REVIVE- The Literal and the Symbolic, Concept Performance

Co-curated & Moderated by Dr. Anita Ratnam
Priya Murle Utsav
Bharadwaj Sundar Swastika
Yohan Chacko Natya Sankalpa

12.45 to 1pm: Q & A sessions moderated by Krithika Subrahmanian

4.30 To 5.15pm: EXPLORE - Matinee Medley- Usha RK's DIVYA VAHANA featuring
Dakshina Vaidyanathan, New Delhi; Mithun Shyam, Bangalore; Shivaranjani Harish, Bangalore
5.30 To 6.30pm: EXPLORE-Solo performance - Rukmini Vijaykumar, Bangalore
6.45 To 7.45pm: EXPLORE- Performance AGATHI - THE PLIGHT OF A REFUGEE by Apsaras Arts Dance Company, Singapore

Natya Darshan 2017 -Now or Never
* The objective of Natya Darshan 2017 is to emphasise that Life is in the Now, Living is in the Now and Breathing is in the Now & Performance is in the Now.
* The intent is to encourage young dancers to take their chances now, live their dreams now & give their best now.
* To kindle interest in arts every passing moment, for every moment is a paradox of Now or Never.
* To appreciate the growth of Dance into the realms of Education and Therapy which have also thrown open career choices for dedicated dancers.

CONFER: Bulding Brand
What does it mean to an artist? How does an artist /performer build oneself as a brand? This panel discussion will have eminent personalities from the field of dance who have been successful in defining themselves and providing a recognition to their art form. This presentation will focus on how artists can present themselves to their audience and how to take up work / performances that can aid in building oneself as a brand.

CONFER: Curating Festivals
The panellists in this discussion have been engaged in curating prestigious arts festivals in India and abroad. It would be an enlightening session to understand what makes these festivals a success, what goes into putting a festival together and how the festivals contribute to the artist / performer. The youngsters can also interact with the panellists to understand what they can do to be a part of such festivals and showcase their talent.

REVIVE: The Literal and the Symbolic - Concept Performance
The performing group will comprehend a piece of poetry, understand its layers and present it through movement in a symbolic or literal manner. The director and the group ideate on the lines and the presentation to ensure deeper understanding for the audience. The event is an expression of lines through movement which enables the audience to appreciate the confluence of the art forms. The poetry will be revealed at the end of the performance.

CONFER: Winning Audiences
This panel discussion will be by artists who have won the hearts of several people with their soulful performances. These veterans will highlight what it takes to relate to the audience and customise the performance to the psyche of the audience.

CONFER: Creating Concepts
A concept is a string of thoughts, linear or abstract, that the performer wishes to convey in a performance. What does it take to create a concept that is relevant to the audience and that meets the demands of the present time? The NOW, that challenges boundaries and that is creative in execution. These and more would be discussed by the panellists who have been engaged in presenting arts in the most creative manner under innovative concepts.
The performing group will comprehend the poetry, understand its layers and present it through movement in a symbolic or literal manner. The director and the group ideate on the lines and the presentation to ensure deeper understanding for the audience.

Entry is to be priced and for tickets, contact Saravanan, Natyadarshan Team: +91 9840792097