photo credit: Radha Ganesan
Storytelling with Navatman
August 22 - 26 @ 5PM
Drop by with your little ones in tow for a healthy dose of adventure, comedy and culture during our storytelling session with Navatman! Watch your favorite gods and goddesses and your scariest rakshasas come to life in this family friendly retelling of Indian mythology and folk tales, told in Navatman’s unique style. No stories are recycled - every day from August 22 - 26 at 5pm, different members of Navatman staff will tell a different story (or two)!
August 22: Storytelling with Sahasra Sambamoorthi - Tales from the Ramayana
August 23: Storytelling with Jessica Perez - Tales of Shiva
August 24: Storytelling with Karishma Shetty - Tales of the Ten Dashavatars
August 25: Storytelling with Maya Kumar - Tales of Krishna
August 26: Storytelling with Sahasra, Jessica and Karishma - Animal Tales
Karanas Workshop with Rukmini Vijayakumar
August 22 - 26 @ 8AM
Get a taste of Rukmini’s Karanas course in this one week intensive for Indian classical dancers.
Karanas are the basic unit of movement in Indian Classical dance, as prescribed by the Natyashastra. Dr Padma Subrahmanyam’s research in the area has revived the Karanas and their usage in today’s Classical Indian dance forms. A Study of the Karanas will revitalize your Classical movement technique, irrespective of the Classical dance form you practice. It will give your body concepts of isolation, and articulation and break away from linear movement to a more curvilinear form. The Karanas will give your choreography a breath of fresh air and your body a new found rhythm of motion. It will help you reach to our traditional roots to reinvent and bring creativity to your dance.
*Please note, this class requires advanced training in Indian classical dance; we recommend a background in bharatanatyam or kuchipudi.
photo credit: Gauri Saxena
Indian Mythology For the Modern World: New Perspectives in Abhinaya
Seminar in Indian Classical Dance
August 27 @ 12:30PM
Indian mythology dates back centuries, and has informed the Indian classical performing arts repertoire for just as long. These cherished stories have been preserved throughout the ages, remaining constant despite centuries of cultural growth and change. At times, they give new perspectives deeper meaning; sometimes they clash with newly embraced values; sometimes, they don’t hold up under a critical eye.
So why do we return to these stories? What do we gain from steadfastly telling these often larger-than-life tales through dance? What new perspectives both in and with Indian mythology can deepen our understanding of abhinaya, both as audience members and as performers?
Join us as we wrangle with the complicated relationship between Indian mythology, dancers and the audience on August 27th, at 12:30PM.