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”
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”
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
1:00:50 – The Delhi art/dance scene, then and now
1:12:55 – Contrasting 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?”
1:25:55 – Language 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.