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Arattarangetram Season 2 Episode 2 (Part II)

Hello Arattarangetram viewers, here is the continuation of Season 2 Episode 2 of Arattarangetram, featuring 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”).

 

0:14 – Devil’s Advocate: Dance music vs. Carnatic music

9:18 – Discussing a musician’s ego when accompanying a dancer

13:06 – Communicating with musicians for dance orchestration

18:10 – Uma’s musical training with A.S. Murali Sir

22:14 – Chitra and Visweswaran’s relationship dynamic as dancer and musician

27:47 – Training for dance music

31:19 – Challenges for dance musicians

35:40 – Solutions for challenges for dance musicians

41:43 – Uma talks about singing for Chitra Visweswaran’s productions

49:55 – Rapid Fire

Thanks for watching!

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Arattarangetram Season 2 Episode II (Part I)

pic 2 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!

Arattarangetram Eighth Episode – Part I

Smt. Jayakamala Pandian

Hi Friends,

Enjoy the eighth episode of Arattarangetram here.

Special Guest: Smt. Jayakamala Pandian, Artistic Director of Rajarathnalaya Arts Foundation, Bengaluru

0:00 – Subha introducing the special guest Smt. Jayakamala Pandian

2:55 – Madhana’s question – “How is the dance scene in Bengaluru? How different  is it from Chennai?”

10:22 – Her favorite bangalore dancers

10:50 – Does Bengaluru has as sabha culture like Chennai?

11:52  – How do Bengaluru audiences perceive classical dance?

Madhana’s Segment

14:42 – Video of  “SKR 80 function held in Chennai, 2012” Link to video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B10xj-1yCnY

Jayakamala Pandian recounting the experiences of organizing the event in honour of her father, Swamimalai K. Rajarathnam Pillai’s 80th birthday celebrations.

22:23 – Unique teaching method of Bharatanatyam by SKR to his students

25:30 – Vazhuvoor nritta and its uniqueness: How is grace incoporated in the style? Explaining Ramiah Pillai’s and SKR’s teaching vazhuvoor bani.

38:00 – Collaboration between Bharatanatyam artists – an established norm.

Watch out for Part II and Part III of the seventh episode with Smt. Jayakamala Pandian in the next post.

Arattarangetram Sixth Episode – Part I and II

Welcome to the sixth episode of Arattarangetram. We did not have a guest for the first two sections of this episode.

0:01 – Introduction by Raj

Madhana’s segment – Youtubeaanubhava

0:16 – Discussing about the video clip “Shobana Live 2” by Shobana aka Shobana Chandrakumar
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXbm7hhxPYo) Bhairavi Varnam “Mohamana” (Video Courtesy: tripmonk0)

Discussion on her choreography

07:45 – Should we show smile or bhavam while doing nritta sections?

09:36 – Persona or Technique? What comes across on stage?

11:45 – Sanchari part of the video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXbm7hhxPYo) “Bhoga Tyagesa”

15:41 – Difference in execution of the sanchari by Shobana and the previously discussed Balasaraswati’s video (http://youtu.be/fmV2OXSNjZk?t=18m24s).

16:43 – Mridangist (Nellai Kannan) role in the sanchari

19:48 – Wrapping up Madhana’s segment

21:34 – Lokadharmi versus Natyadharmi

Raghu’s segment Dance history

25:31 – The Year 1936 – Why it is a significant year in Bharatanatyam?

26:55 – Blooper

27:30 – Actual start of the Dance History presentation (Image Courtesy: Dance history column @ http://www.narthaki.com; http://www.cinemanrityagharana.blogspot.com; Google Images)

38:30 – Previous episode (fifth)’s question to the viewers “What is the crown of Nataraja made of?“ and its answer

References: 

http://tamilartsacademy.com/books/siva%20bhakti/chapter11.html

http://tamilartsacademy.com/journals/volume1/articles/festival_of_dance.html

41:36 – Current episode’s question to viewers “Which famous dancer was born in 1936?

Watch out for the Part III of the sixth episode!!! Send us your answers by commenting in this blog/video or in our facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/399141770149481/)

Arattarangetram Third Episode

Friends, Apologies for the delayed posting of the third episode. Due to some technical glitches the video could not be published immediately after the shoot.

Special Guest: Dr. Joyce Paul Poursabahian

Youtube link of her dance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6XSuWR0-AE

Introduction:

00:22 – Subha introducing the guest Dr. Joyce Paul Poursabahian

01:28 –  Madhana’s question to Joyce akka about her PhD in Anthropology of Performance studies.

Madhana’s Segment

11:41 – Reviewing the Trikala jathi from the documentary “Sanchari”, based on Leela Samson.

15:30 – Joyce akka’s experience with her guru Leela Samson.

21:58 – A jathi from the varnam “Roopamu Joochi”in Thodi Ragam, followed by the sahitya part

23:17 – Leela akka’s abhinaya and related discussion about Abhinaya

27:14 – Challenges of teaching Abhinaya

Raghu’s Segment

34:49 – Dance notations in 4th century

References

•Early Tamil Epigraphy: From the Earliest times to the Sixth Century AD. By Iravatham Mahadevan, 2003, Harvard Oriental Series Volume 62, Harvard University Press.

•http://www.hindu.com/lr/2003/08/03/images/2003080300280403.jpg

•http://sangeethas.wordpress.com/2012/05/05/inscriptional-evidences-related-to-dance-and-male-dancers-in-tamilnadu/

•http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_-07hPytYBXc/TKHfM9GkYKI/AAAAAAAAAew/7HcU4ps2HHQ/s1600/erode.jpg

•http://www.hindu.com/mp/2005/10/08/images/2005100801370301.jpg

Subha’s Segment

42:29 – Rapid fire round

47:21 – Devil’s Advocate: Do we need an Arangetram? What does it stand as of today?

Topics touched upon:

  • Joyce akka’s own arangetram experience
  • Money involved (Arangetram fees vs tuitions for regular class)
  • Solo performance as a challenge
  • Pressure from others and within
  • Emotional aspect of doing/completing an arangetram

Arattarangetram Second Episode

Second Episode of Arattarangetram:

This episode is dedicated to Late Padmabhushan Guru Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam

Special Guest: Kishore Mosalikanti

Introduction:

00:15 – Subha introducing the guest artist
Madhana’s segment:

00:58  – Kishore Mosalikanti sharing his experience about his guru.

06:30  – Discussing the Kuchipudi dance drama “Krishna Parijatham” by Uma Murali Krishna and Group. This was choreographed by Padmabhushan Guru Dr. Vempati Chinna Satyam

Link to the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rt8zgCY2V_U

09:53 – Discussing the Tarangam in Kuchipudi

14:25 – Discussing the Narada and Krishna conversation in the dance drama “Krishna Parijatham”

20:23 – Discussing Bhama Pravesha Daruvu from “Krishna Parijatham”,

followed by more discussions on Kuchipudi.

Raghu’s segment:

26:20 – Pallava sculptures related to dance.

First sculpture depicting Nataraja – Seeyamangalam

Kuncita Karana of Shiva – Kailasanathar temple, Kanchipuram

Court Dancer – Vaikunta Perumal Temple, Kanchipuram

References:

followed by

36:55 – Discussion on nattuvangam in Kuchipudi, Bharatanatyam and Mohiniattam

Subha’s segment:

41:26 – Recording practices of live performances by audiences.

Clip shown: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fm7A6_qHLOc

Some questions asked:

  • Can we control the audience completely?
  • Is there IP rights for Indian traditional music and dance performances?
  • Archiving choreography vs. piracy of choreography
  • What about Ethical values of requesting a copy of the music/choreography/video?