Kartik Fine Arts presents
Natya Darshan 2018
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai
Dec 15 - 23, 2018

November 20, 2018

This year, Kartik Fine Arts returns with its much-awaited conference on art and its aesthetic evolution: Natya Darshan.

A homage to the ancient art form of Bharatanatyam, Kadamba -The Flowering Path, is a means of delving deeper into the evolution of Indian classical dance over time. Natya Darshan hopes to follow its creative bloom, in a period of change ushering artists and audiences alike to question: ‘what next?’ The two-day conference will bring together some of natya's most innovative minds with the curiosity and creativity of young students and art enthusiasts, filling the space with discussions, lecture demonstrations, and performances of the highest calibre.

Kartik Fine Arts launched Natya Darshan in 2001, narrowing the gap between artists and art in the field of natya to highlight the pivotal future of the art form ahead of us. Over the last four decades, this organization (KFA) has been devoted to the development of fine arts, nurturing the South Indian classical arts for audiences within and around India.

Curated by Priya Murle
Advisors: Prof. Sudharani Raghupathy & Chitra Visweswaran
Venue: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore, Chennai

Day 1 - Saturday, 22nd December 2018

8:30 am - 8:50 am
Mallari by Preethi Ramaprasad, Christopher Gurusamy & Nrithya Pillai

9:00 am - 9:45 am
Keynote Address | Prof. Lakshmi Subramanian
Social Change and Impact on performance, participation and pedagogy of Bharatanatyam

9:50 am - 10:30 am
Jayanthi Subramanian & Anitha Guha
Change in pedagogical approach to training, a comparative perspective between generations

10:45 am - 11:30 am    
Vasanthalakshmi Narasimhachari and K.P. Chandrasekaran
Evolving Approaches to Laya from the Nattuvanaar to Choreographers

11:45 am - 12:15 pm
Lakshmi Vishwanathan
The importance of Pada Varnam - then and now

12:20 pm - 1:00 pm           
In Conversation | Nalini Prakash & C.P. Satyajit with Dr. Ananda Shankar Jayant
Change in content, context and functionality of Bharatanatyam
Evening Performances
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Abha | Shruti Gopal, Adithya PV and Parshwanath S. Upadhye
6:15 pm - 7:15 pm - Sheejith Krishna and Group
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm - Rama Vaidyanathan

Day 2 - Sunday, 23rd December 2018

8:30 am - 9:05 am
Dr. Rama Kausalya
Use of sacred and secular Tamil literature in Bharatanatyam Performance

9:10 am - 9:45 am
Nandini Ramani
Use of Sanskrit and other language poetry and literature in Bharatanatyam performances

9:50 am - 10:30 am
V.A.K. Ranga Rao
Use of traditional and non conventional Telugu Literature in Bharatanatyam performances

10:45 am - 11:25 am
Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam
Impact and Influences of Sculptural Tradition on Natyam

11:30 am - 12:10 pm
S. Rajeswari & Swamimalai Suresh
Music for Bharatanatyam: from Sadir to Sabha

12:15 pm - 1:05 pm
Bragha Bessell & A. Lakshman
Changing context of Sringara in relation to gender
Evening Performances
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Mythili Prakash
6:15 pm - 7:15 pm - Shijith Nambiar and Parvathy
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm - Destination - The Self | Thillana
Sanatkumar, Athul Balu, Vishnu Bhasi, Sri Sudarshini, Manasvini KR, Sivasri, Ananthashree, Jai Queheni, Aryamba Sriram


Aadar Kalai
Harikatha exponent, Sasirekha Balasubramaniam, traces the evolution of Natya through Tamil Literature
15th December 2018 | 6 pm | Paati Veedu, T.Nagar

The Moving Canvas - Navarasa in Painting, Caricature and Natyam
Nine Bharatanatyam dancers explore the Navarasas accompanied by the live artwork of artists Biswajit Balasubramanian and A.V. Ilango. This presentation will be enhanced with live music.
19th December 2018 | 11am | Forum Art Gallery, Adyar

Bhavanubhuti - dance recital
A celebration of expression (bhavam) steeped in classicism!
Concept, Choreography & Performance by Divya Devaguptapu supported by Sowmya and K Gayathri
19th December 2018 | 6pm | Bharata Kalanjali, Adyar

Sculpture and Dance - A walk through the Museum by Jayakumar B
Understanding sculptures and history from a dancer’s perspective. 
20th December 2018 | 11am | Bronze Museum, Egmore

Flowers of the Kurinchi - Interrelating Dance and Poetry
Poetry Reading by Alarmel Valli
20th December 2018 | 6pm | Kingsley Manor, Kanakavalli, Chetpet

Aesthetics of Dance from Temple to Proscenium - Panel Discussion
Panel Discussion – Chitra Visweswaran, Sruti Janaki and Jyotsna Narayanan
20th December 2018 | 7pm | Kingsley Manor, Kanakavalli, Chetpet

Subscribed - Dancers should Expect Criticism
Writing workshop that focuses on how dance is perceived and written about by Chitra Mahesh
21st December 2018 | 11am | Kaizen Design Accents, R.A. Puram

For any queries, write to natyadarshan2018@gmail.com