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Arattarangetram Season 2 Episode I (Part I)

Image Courtesy: Anjana Rajan
Image Courtesy: Avinash Pasricha

Hello Arattarangetram viewers,

Welcome to Season II of Arattarangetram. This is the first part of Episode I of Arattarangetram Season II. In this episode, our special guest is Smt. Anjana Rajan, Visiting professor at New Delhi’s National School of Drama and the Shriram Centre for Art and Culture, and Correspondent and Senior Assistant Editor with The Hindu from New Delhi.

0:00 – Raghu Introducing the special guest Smt. Anjana Rajan.

Raj and Madhana’s segment

1:39 – Video from Louis Malle documentary “L’Inde fantôme: Reflexions sur un voyage

http://youtu.be/UueMNMoFEl4?t=9m36s

Anjana Rajan reminisces about her days in Kalakshetra.

08:37 – Subha asks “How important is to keep it (tradition) intact?

14:00 – Raj asks “How you started learning Bharatanatyam and can you tell us about your journey?

26:49 – Raj and Subha ask “How was the transitioning from Geneva to Kalakshetra?

35:17 – blooper

35:59 – blooper continued

37:15 – Subha’s question “Your experiences with Rukmini Devi Arundale in Kalakshetra

49:49 – The second video is of archive of Rukmini Devi Arundale  http://youtu.be/pZbtCfF-1-8?t=7m43s

50:52 – Subha asks “People who have interacted with Rukmini Devi Arundale and those who did not interact: the change in polarizing views. What are your views?

  • Subtlety in art
  • debate on adavus
  • The term “sanitizing the abhinaya”
  • Looking at why things were done at that period of time.

52:29 – UPDATE: It is the garuda mandala of the 2nd Tat tai tam adavu and not the 7th natta adavu as mentioned. Apologies for any confusion

1:00:50The Delhi art/dance scene, then and now

1:12:55Contrasting qualities about Delhi and Chennai

1:15:56 – Madhana’s question: “How does yours and GS Rajan’s synergies play at home and on stage?

1:25:55Language barriers while learning dance at Kalakshetra

Watch out for Part II and Part III of the same episode with Smt. Anjana Rajan in the next post.

Part II – https://arattarangetram.wordpress.com/2013/09/22/arattarangetram-season-2-episode-i-part-ii/

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