Dance conference to discuss sensuality in Indian dance

Indian culture has never shunned sexuality as an undesirable facet of life. The myriad art forms of India in general and Bharatanatyam in particular have wholly accepted the sensuous, sensual and the erotic in life without any hint of moral censure. However, there must be clarity as to what is aesthetic in art and what is not.

A performing artiste has to tread carefully between two extremes- be prudent as to not to stray into the prurient or foray into the crass! Either way, she/he may make the audience wince for different reasons.

– Are there are any parameters for sensuality in art forms?
– If yes, what is the level up to which it is permissible?
– Does it depend on the individual dancer / dance style / guru and of course the taste of the audience?

The 3-day Seminar on ‘Sensuality in Indian Dance‘ sets out to find answers to these questions. You have a galaxy of distinguished scholars and dancers sharing their perceptions.

And you can contribute to the event and make it meaningful by mailing your views / comments and even full – length articles to

Who’s who?
Organisor : Kartik Fine arts
Chairman : Shri.L.Sabaretnam
President : Shri.A.V.S.Raja
Secretaries’ : Shri.R.Rajagopal

Advisors for the Natya Darshan Conference:
Prof.Sudharani Raghupathy
Prof.Chitra Visweswaran

Convenor :
Smt.Priyadarsini Govind


Theme : ‘Sensuality in Indian Dance’
Day 1 22nd Dec, 2007
10.00 a.m. The inauguration is by Dr.Mrs.Y.G.Parthasarathy, Chairman, Bharat Kalachar
Keynote address – Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan,
Honouring eminent artists Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan,
Shri. Adyar K.Lakshmanan
and Smt. Leela Venkatraman
10.30 a.m. Lecture demonstration – Smt. Leela Samson
11.30 a.m. Lecture demonstration – Shri. T.M.Krishna
Moderator: Smt. Ratna Papa Kumar
Day 2 23rd Dec, 2007
09.30 a.m. Lecture demonstration – Chitra Sundaram
10.30 a.m. Lecture demonstration – Shri. Sadanam Balakrishnan
11.30 a.m. Lecture demonstration – Surupa Sen and Bijayini Satpathy (Nrityagram)
Moderator: Smt. Hema Rajagopalan
Day 3 24th Dec, 2007
09.00 a.m. Lecture demonstration – Smt. Vidya Rao
10.00 a.m. Lecture demonstration – Dr. Prof. Raghuraman

For more Information: Natyadarshan

Moderato r: Smt. V.R.Devika
Valedictory address – Smt. V.R.Devika, Managing Trustee, The Aseema Trust
Vote of thanks – Smt. Priyadarsini Govind


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