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Dr. SHATAVADHANI R GANESH - Lecture Series Lectures on Dance, Poetry, and Literary Performance

Performing & Visual Arts

Dr. SHATAVADHANI R GANESH - Lecture Series

Lectures on Dance, Poetry, and Literary Performance

Oct 4th, 7th, and 8th 2019 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

 

The Bhavan is delighted to present Sanskrit scholar (and a scholar in multiple Indian languages), author and interpreter Dr. Shatavadhani R Ganesh in our exciting Lecture series. Happening on the 4th, 7th, and 8th of October, he will be presenting 3 lectures illuminating key aspects of Indian Art, Culture and Literature. Open to dancers, musicians, artists, academics, as well as to the general public, his talks are extremely insightful, and significant for all who have an interest in the field.

NATYASHASTRA UNRAVELLED – A talk on Indian Dance

Fri, Oct 4th, 2019 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm followed by an audience Q&A

Natyashastra is the bible of Indian Classical Arts, especially of Indian drama and dance. It is a detailed treatise and handbook on Indian Classical dramatic arts, written by Sage Bharata. The text consists of 36 chapters with 6000 verses which talk in detail on every aspect of performance – stagecraft, makeup, costumes, movements, expressions, genres of acting, musical scales and instruments, and Rasa Theory. Join us as we explore the various aspects described in the Natyashastra and how it informs Indian Aesthetics.

BEAUTY OF SANSKRIT POETRY – A CULTURAL STUDY

Mon, Oct 7th, 2019 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm followed by an audience Q&A

One of the oldest languages of the world, Sanskrit has given a wealth of texts for the human spirit – poetry, religious texts, dramas, et al. On the 6th of October, Dr. R Ganesh will delve into the poetic beauty and cultural study of several Sanskrit poets such as Vaalmiki, Vyaasa, Kaalidaasa and others. Join us to understand and unravel the nuances of these poetic treasures.

THE ART OF ASHTAVADHANAM

Tue, Oct 8th, 2019 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm followed by an audience Q&A

Avadhānaṃ literally means the concentration of the mind. It is a Sanskrit literary performance popular from the very ancient days in India.  It involves the partial improvisation of poems using specific themes, metres, forms, or words. The true purpose of an Avadhanam event thus is the showcasing, through entertainment, of superior mastery of cognitive capabilities and creativity in multiple modes of intelligence - literature, poetry, music, mathematical calculations, puzzle solving etc. ASHTAVADHANAM is the ability to demonstrate 8-fold concentration, which is tested by 8 pruchakkas (experts).

Join us as Dr. R Ganesh brings this ancient art to us.

Dr. SHASTRY MEMORIAL TALKS

Dr. H V Satyanarayana Shastry was a great Sanskrit scholar and one of the noblest human beings who served The Bhavan London for many years. These lecture series’ are organised in his memory

 

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