Pic by Avey Varghese, Courtesy – Uma Sathya Narayanan
Hello Arattarangetram viewers, this is the first part of Episode II of Arattarangetram Season II. In this episode, our special guest is Uma Sathya Narayanan, senior disciple of Chitra Visweswaran.
To listen to just the audio from the interview, you can download the mp3 from here (right click link and select “save link/target as”).
0:05 – Madhana introduces the booklet Sathya Narayanan
2:30 – “YouTubaanubhavam” – Discussion on Uma Sathya Narayanan’s video – http://youtu.be/XjDa4i6X4yc?t=7m25s
5:00 – Uma Sathya Narayanan answer’s Raj’s question on Chitra Visweswaran’s baani, Uma Sathya Narayanan’s interpretation of it and comparison of Chitra Visweswaran’s baani with other Vazhuvoor baanis
8:13 – Uma Sathya Narayanan talks about her initial days at Chidambaram Academy of Performing Arts
9:59 – Uma Sathya Narayanan answers Subha’s question about the idea of “abandon” in dance and how it comes with experience
12:22 – Raj asks Uma Sathya Narayanan about how her personal technique has evolved
15:34 – Subha plays another video clip – http://youtu.be/lP7MCmHisZA?t=47s
16:50 – Subha asks Uma Sathya Narayanan on grace and happiness in Chitra Visweswaran’s baani
19:26 – Kathak Influence (Birju Maharaj ji) in Chitra Visweswaran’s baani
21:13 – Do today’s dancers or does Bharatanatyam in general lack a sense of abandonment/spontaneity? Uma Sathya Narayanan answers..
23:38 – Effortlessness in dancing and its importance
24:55 – Drawing inspiration from nature for dancing
25:53 – The atmosphere in Chidambaram Academy of Performing Arts, Chennai and how it is conducive for learning art forms
28:09 – Experience about working in group – “Panchali Sabadham”
30:53 – Approach towards music, stage decor for Bharatanatyam
34:16 – Shadow play in “Sakhyam” production with Lakshmi Parthasarathy Athreya
36:24 – “Body language” for mime in Bharatanatyam
37:31 – Footwork intonations (vallinam, mellinam) in YouTube video
40:00 – Pressure on the artiste to handle lights, stage craft, and other logistics before show – India vs. abroad
44:31 – Uma Sathyanarayanan answers Madhana’s question on how the artist in her responded to her husband’s loss
51:12 – Family support in getting Uma Sathyanarayanan back to dancing
53:43 – Social stigma towards her dancing
57:30 – Vail Sathyanarayanan sings “Adhuvum Solluval” Javali (Sourashtram, Adi, Dharmapuri Subbarayar)
Watch out our blog for Part II of this episode with Uma Sathyanarayanan!