Arattarangetram Seventh Episode Part I

Shankar Adisesh: Priya Murle. November 28, 2012 &emdash;
Priya Murle
Image Courtesy: Shankar Adisesh

Hi Friends,

Enjoy the seventh episode of Arattarangetram here.

Special Guest: Smt. Priya Murle, Artistic Director Of Shri Silambam Academy of Fine Arts from Chennai.

0:00 – Madhana introducing the special guest Smt. Priya Murle

1:32 – Madhana’s question – What is your approach to abhinaya?

7:28 – What about rehearsed abhinaya?

8:56 – Experiences in life and its effect on abhinaya

10:31 – Subha’s question – Can the audience find that the abhinaya was changed or perceive it as different from the previous performance?

Madhana’s Segment

14:44 – Video of Padmashri. Chitra Visweswaran (Jayadeva Ashtapadi) Link to video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgmvDtCoqA4 Disclaimer: Arattarangetram does not endorse the dancingindia.net’s views on dance videos. As there are very few videos available to show Chitra akka’s creativity and genius, we had to resort to showing this video.

16:45 – Discussion about the video and Chitra akka’s eye for details in choreography, lighting, and presentation.

24:36 – Video of Padmashri. Chitra Visweswaran highlighting her abhinaya. Thanks to tripmonk0 (Nick) for uploading this video. Link to the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvLdIwEpTNs

26:40 – Different approaches to abhinaya between different styles or banis

30:19 – Discussion about the video and the subtle cues given to the orchestra

Accompanying artists and their lack of rehearsal

Shortage of accompanying musicians for dance

33:51 – Internalization of the song by the orchestra to strike a rapport in a performance

35:51 – lessons to learn from senior artists

37:54 – Raj’s question – learning abhinaya in a on-on-one class versus learning in a group class – differences

Watch out for Part II and Part III of the seventh episode with Priya Murle in the next post.

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Arattarangetram Sixth Episode Part III – Devil’s advocate

0:00 – Devil’s Advocate – “Do you have to believe in God to come across as a bharatanatyam dancer?”

Talking points

  • What is Bhakti?
  • Devotion towards God and devotion towards artform
  • Is belief irrelevant?
  • Spirituality and Religiousity
  • Is it a Journey?
  • Mythology: Just an interesting story?
  • Experience in life and dance
  • What can be a per-requisite?
  • How does an atheist see Bharatanatyam?
  • If one does not believe in God, are you being dishonest on stage that makes an audience believe in the character?

37:55 – Answer to Episode Part II question “Which famous dancer was born in 1936?”

Congratulations to Lavanya Rajagopalan for giving the right answer!!!

39:44 – Final wrap with “Life of Pi”

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/)

Arattarnagetram Fifth Episode – Part III

Dr. Rathna Kumar
Dr. Rathna Kumar

Welcome to the fifth episode of Arattarangetram. From this episode, we will split each episode as three parts and post it one every week from today, so that viewers have ease of viewing. Links to Part I and Part II. And from this episode we have a quiz/question for the viewers. Watch out at the end of the video for details!!!

Special Guest: Dr. Rathna Kumar, Anjali Center for Performing Arts, from Houston, Texas.

0:00 – Raj’s question to Rathna Kumar “How she started Anjali center for performing arts in 1975 and the dance scene in texas: then and now

07:29 – Dancing to recorded music

08:51 – Name of the school as “Anjali”

10:40 – Major changes in dance from 1975 and now in USA, and in general

Subha and Raj’s segment

18:10 – Devil’s advocate topic “Organizing arts is not taken seriously in India, unlike in USA where it is more streamlined

Topics covered:

  • Established and upcoming sabhas/organizations
  • Applying to dance festivals and events
  • Accountability of money
  • NRI dancers and “Green Dollars”
  • A standard for measuring dancers – lack of it
  • Applying for grants for inviting artists to perform in USA
  • Network of dance organizations in US vs India
  • Agents/Impresarios in classical dance – A good career choice?
  • Rasika base in chennai vs other places

33:42 – Rapid fire round to Rathna Kumar by Subha

43:53 – Advice to young dancers

45:27 – Quiz question to viewers “What is the crown of Nataraja made of?“. Send us your answers by commenting in this blog/video or in our facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/groups/399141770149481/)

Arattarangetram Fifth Episode – Part II

Dr. Rathna Kumar
Dr. Rathna Kumar

Welcome to Arattarangetram’s fifth episode. Here is the Part II of this episode. Part I can be found here. And from this episode we have a quiz/question for the viewers. Watch out at the end of the video in Part III for details!!!

Special Guest: Dr. Rathna Kumar, Anjali Center for Performing Arts from Houston, Texas.

Raghu’s segment – Dance History

0:00 – Brief history about the other famous devadasi – a contemporary of Balasaraswati – Chennai Swarna Saraswathi

3:50 – Discussion about her and devadasi costumes in general

6:08 – Rathna Kumar’s experience of seeing/witnessing Balasaraswati’s dance and other legends while growing up in Chennai.

8:22 – Her views about teaching and her passion. Her mother, her grandmother and her family’s influence in her life.

15:48 – Raghu’s question to Rathna Kumar “Being a child artist in film industry and a classical dancer, what is your views on current portrayals of classical dance in Indian movies“. Discusses about Sai-Subbulakshmi.

21:20 – Future of classical dance – There is hope!

23:43 – Anecdotes from her days of being a child movie star.

25:23 – Sharing anecdotes of her interaction with actor Kamal Hassan

Watch out for Part III of the Fifth episode and the quiz at the end.

Arattarangetram Fifth Episode – Part I

Dr. Rathna Kumar
Image Courtesy: http://www.anjalicenter.org/images/rathna.founder.gif

Welcome to the fifth episode of Arattarangetram. From this episode, we will split each episode as three parts and post it one every week from today, so that viewers have ease of viewing. And from this episode we have a quiz/question for the viewers. Watch out at the end of the Part III video for details!!!

Special Guest: Dr. Rathna Kumar, Anjali Center for Performing Arts, from Houston, Texas.

0:00 – Introduction of Dr. Rathna Kumar

2:25 – Rathna Kumar talking about her experiences in Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi; overcoming hurdles in life. What dance means to her and her mother’s encouragement

Madhana’s segmentYoutubeaanubhava

11:43 – Discussing about the video clip “Swaralaya”
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRhCbGTf7Po)

13:39  – Discussing Alarmel Valli’s dance and her art

19:17 – Discussing one another video of Alarmel Valli of her Abhinaya in the “Lament for a Fallen Warrior” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7H_-lW-PMY). Discussing the imagery Alarmel Valli creates in her dance. Alarmel Valli’s musicality and importance of music in dance.

29:34 – Madhana’s question to Rathna Kumar. “What is your opinion for a dancer, who has learnt more than one dance form, should do to avoid influences of ine art form over another?

33:47 – Rathna Kumar’s gurus: K J Sarasa and Vempati Chinna Satyam. Their roles in her formative years ans her experience with them. Sharing anecdotes about the way her gurus drove their standards in a student.

42:31 – Importance of a guru in life and her loss of losing them in the same year.

45:38 – her upcoming performance in Krishna Gana Sabha this season

Do lookout for the second part of this episode next week!!! Also, send us your comments and views

Arattarangetram Fourth Episode

Hi Friends,

Enjoy the fourth episode of Arattarangetram here.  At the outset, apologies for the echo that you hear while viewing the video. We will definitely troubleshoot this in the next episode.

Special Guest: Sangeetha Shyam – Bharatanatyam and the Worldwide Web blogger

(Link to the blog: http://sangeethas.wordpress.com/)

Sangeetha Shyam

Introduction:

00:18 – New member of Arattarangetram, Raj’s introduction

00:42 – Subha introduces the Special Guest for the episode, Sangeetha Shyam

02:31 – Madhana’s question to Sangeetha about the Bharatanatyam and worldwide web blog (http://sangeethas.wordpress.com/)

04:24 – Subha’s question to Sangeetha about her experience of maintaining the blog and her related web based activities. (http://onlinebharathanatyamacademy.wordpress.com/)

Madhana’s Segment

07:53 – Discussion about “Bala” 1976 by Satyajit Ray, where Bala demonstrating the padam “Unnai Thoodu Anupinen” in Ragam Saveri

followed by discussion about “musicality and dance”

18:24 – An excerpt from the Mohamana Varnam from the same documentary, where Bala is shown performing to the “Bhoga Tyagesa” and discussion about the line Bhoga Tyagesa.

followed by discussion about Balasaraswati.

Acknowledgement : The video shown was uploaded by another blogger Minai, who maintains the blog “Cinema Nritya Gharana“. 

Link to the full documentary “Bala” 1976 by Satyajit Ray

Raghu’s Segment

31:12 – Raghu’s question to Sangeetha about her experience of learning under Padmashri. Chitra Visweswaran

followed by being a teacher from a student

42:14 – Video excerpt showing the Devadasis doing alarippu who were in the service of the Maharaja Sayajirao Gaekwad III of Baroda in 1930.

Link to the full video: http://www.britishpathe.com/video/maharanee-of-baroda/query/maharanee from timestamp 07:10

More info about the video from Minai’s blog:

http://cinemanrityagharana.blogspot.in/2012/07/rare-video-clips-of-devadasis-uday.html

http://cinemanrityagharana.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-devadasi-video-mystery-solved.html

References:

1:00:19 – Subha’s question to Sangeetha about judging a performance

Subha and Raj’s Segment

1:02:55  –  Devil’s advocate topic “Ideal/Best diet for a dancer and should dancers watch their weight”

Topics touched upon:

  • glycemic index
  • BMI
  • Rice
  • thrifty gene hypothesis
  • south indian diet
  • fitness – resistance exercises
  • ideal body type for dance
  • criticisms towards dancers being overweight
  • mental stress on dancers about watching weight

1:27:25 – Rapid Fire round to Sangeetha by Subha

Send us your comments and views

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?