Saturday , 23 February 2019

Talk on ‘Innovation and Technology in Indian Movement Arts’


MOG Sundays is an initiative to bring to the public a series of talks, films and expressions from stalwarts of various creative fields, across the globe. The event curated by Subodh Kerkar is hosted every Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Museum of Goa in Pilerne. This Sunday there will be a talk by Jayachandran Palazhy on the topic ‘Innovation and Technology in Indian Movement Arts’ will be held on June 24 at MOG.

The talk is followed by a workshop cum audition, open to the public the same day. The workshop will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Leveraging the seminal research and documentation project ‘Nagarika’ that explores the information embedded in performance and physical traditions of India, Jayachandran will talk on the concepts of body and principles of movement in Indian classical dance Bharatanatyam and martial art Kalarippayattu and their relevance in the evolving contemporary Indian movement idioms.

Evolved as a medium for devotional expression in the culturally specific space of the south Indian temple, Bharatanatyam creates imaginary spaces, volumes and images beyond the confines of the performer’s empirical body, which are then woven into a cyclical rhythmic structure.

Nritta, the movement vocabulary in Bharatanatyam is a valuable repository of cultural information about the body, both physical and imagined. Like most Asian martial art forms, Kalarippayattu practitioners also believe in the notion of a centre (Nabhi Moola – region below the navel) where the vital energy (prana or vayu) is stored.

Citing examples of his own choreography, Jayachandran will then explore the possibilities of using digital and interactive technology in performance in the Indian context. The talk will be aided by NAGARIKA interactive digital platform on Kalarippayattu and Bharatanatyam as well as video samples of his own choreography.

(The talk is open to all.)


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