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Krishna Gana Sabha
40th Natya Kala Conference titled "Roots"
December 26-30, 2022 Chennai
Convenor: Rama Vaidyanathan
with support of Rajika Puri, in honour of her mentor Indrani Rahman and the Art & Culture department of the Government of Tamilnadu

Day 1
Monday, December 26

9am: Mangala Isai by students of Tamilnadu Government District Music schools

9.30am to 11am: Inauguration
Invocation: Vachika Abhinaya by Ragini Chandershekar, Uma Sathyanarayanan and Dr S Vasudevan
Lighting of Lamp
Welcome Address by Saashwathi Prabhu
Curator’s Address by Rama Vaidyanathan
Address by Guest of Honour & First Convenor of NKC, Dr Padma Subrahmanyam

11am to 11.50am: Inaugural Lecture
Breath and Rasa: Explicit & Implicit in the Natya Shastra by Dr Sreenath Nair with Rajaneesh Chakyar

12pm to 12.50pm: Movements and their Meanings - Delsarte’s theory of Applied Aesthetics for Indian dance and theatre by Ramaa Bharadvaj

12:50pm to 1:30pm: Lunch

1.30pm to 2.30pm: Planted Seeds: Three senior artistes re-visit their memories with their gurus and mentors 
Rajika Puri on Indrani Rahman
Padmini Ravi on KJ Sarasa
Dr Sandhya Purecha on Parvati Kumar

2.40pm to 3.40pm: Footprints of Aadal in Ancient Tamizh Literature by Dr S Raghuraman with Apoorva Jayaraman

3.45pm to 4.30pm: High Tea hosted by Krishna Gana Sabha

4.30pm to 6pm: Moksha: Celebrating the legacy of the Trinity by Usha RK, Nisha Rajagopalan, Karuna Sagari, Parshwanath Upadhye and Pavitra Krishna Bhat

Day 2
Tuesday, December 27

8am to 9.15am: Workshops for Dancers
Roots to Explore: Texts and textures of Hasta Abhinaya by S Jayachandran

9.30am to 9.50am: Bark to Bough
Legacy Of Rajarathnam Pillai by Ramya Ramnarayanan and disciples

10am to 10.50am: Roots, Entwined: Interlinking architecture, painting, sculpture and dance
by Dr Choodamani Nandagopal

11am to 11.50am: Roots, In-depth: Integrating Kerala’s indigenous arts into Mohiniattam
by Bharati Shivaji

12pm to 12.50pm: An Overview of the History of Dance Patronage in India by Dr Anita R Ratnam
Followed by a discussion on dance patronage in the current scenario, challenges and politics
with Dr Ananda Shankar Jayant, Kavitha Ramu and Zakir Hussain

12.50pm to 1.30pm: Lunch

1.30pm to 2.45pm: Mahari: A journey from the Natya Mandir to the proscenium by Aruna Mohanty

Day 3
Wednesday, December 28

8am to 9.15am: Workshops for Dancers
Roots To Explore: An interactive talk on taking dance to the grassroots through the workshop demonstration model of SPICMACAY by Ashok Jain

9.30am to 9.50am: Bark To Bough, Legacy of Dr Vempati Chinna Satyam by Sailaja and disciples

10am to 10.50am: Roots, De-mystified: Unravelling the mysteries of Kathakali by Kaladharan Viswanath with Kalamandalam Adithyan

11am to 11.50am: Canopy: Extension of Bharatanatyam’s branches outside Tamizhagam by Dr Parul Shah

12pm to 12.50pm: Kathak: Carrying echoes of Rajasthani literature and folk traditions by Prerana Shrimali

12.50pm to 1.30pm: Lunch

1.30pm to 2.45pm Deity and Dance: Ritual repertoire from Tanjore traditions by Dr Swarnamalya Ganesh with Niveda Aadithya

Day 4
Thursday, December 29

8am to 9.15am: Workshops for Dancers
Roots To Explore: Negotiating rhythm in dance by Kiran Subramanyam

9.30am to 9.50am: Bark To Bough
Legacy of Balasaraswati by Aniruddha Knight and Disciples

10am to 10.50am: Thanjavur Natyam: Roots of Sringara by Lakshmi Viswanathan

11am to 11.50am: Traveling Roots
Sattriya in changing spaces: Monks, pedagogy & performance by Anwesa Mahanta with Hari Prasad Saikia

12pm to 12.50pm: Set in Stone: Exploring the pan-Indian epigraphical history of dance through lecture, illustrations and performance by Dr Chithra Madhavan with Divya Shiva Sundar

12.50pm to 1.30pm:Lunch

1.30pm to 2.45pm: Mehefil-e-Raqs: Tawaiff repertoire from the Mughal era by Rani Khanam 

Day 5
Friday, December 30

8am to 9.15am: Workshops for Dancers
Roots To Explore: Nritya Samskritam —--- Spotlight on ancient literature for dance by Shatavadhani Ganesh

9am: Tevaram by students of Tamilnadu Government District Music Schools

9.30am to 9.50am: Bark To Bough
Legacy Of Adyar K Lakshman by Nithyakalyani Vaidyanathan and Disciples
10am to 10.50am: Bala and Rukmini: Transnational legacies by Dr Avanthi Meduri

11am to 11.50am: Seeds of Abhinaya: Insights into the Telugu literary and dance traditions
by Dr Anupama Kylash

12pm to 12.50pm: Inter-Weaves: An illustrated lecture on the interdependency of cinema and dance by Radhika Shurajit

12.50pm to 1.30pm: Lunch

1.30pm to 2.45pm: Colours of the Earth: Mahabharata in Dravidian Nadu by Dr VR Devika with Tamil traditional Koothu artistes  

Venue: Krishna Gana Sabha, T Nagar, Chennai

Workshop for Dancers between December 27 and December 30, 8am - 9:15am are ticketed.