WORKSHOP

Exploring the Indian Aesthetic-Space

S Bhuvaneshwari

Curated by Deshna Mehta

Date: 14 & 15 Nov

Time: 11:00 – 16:00

Venue: SADHANA DELL ARTE

 

Age Group: 20+ Max Participants per Workshop: 30

Indian Aesthetic thought can be traced back to Sage Bharata’s Nāṭyaśāstra which not only defines rasa (aesthetic-experience) but also demonstrates its application in theatrical art. The experiment of ‘aesthetic-space’ in this workshop is an inspiration drawn from the methodology of Nāṭyaśāstra. The physical (aṅga), verbal (vāk) and mental (sattva) media are the instruments of aesthetic expression. The notion of aesthetic-space shall be explored through the physical medium primarily the movement of feet and hands. The stage-space shall be then experimented with the physical movements. The verbal medium in Sanskrit plays constitute the ‘dialogue in space’ (ākāśa-bhāṣita) and the ability to express the mind by defining space through facial expression by some characters in Sanskrit plays – these shall be explored. The participants shall then engage in exploring and defining their idea of ‘aesthetic-space’.
 

At the workshop: 

Participants will be taken through a presentation that demonstrates physical movements and subtle concepts drawn from Sanskrit plays. On understanding this context and approach, the facilitator will speak of ‘aesthetic spaces’ allowing each of the participants to explore their own. The workshop will also serve as a platform for them to express their explorations. Please carry note taking material.
 

Please carry note taking material.

S Bhuvaneshwari

S Bhuvaneshwari’s area of interest and study is Indian Philosophy from the Sanskrit sources. Her PhD at the University of Madras (2010) was a focused study on Pedagogy as seen in the tradition of Advaita Vedanta. She is presently doing her Post-doctoral Research at IIT-Madras in Chennai, where she is working on the Principles of Mimamsa in Advaita Vedanta. She has been teaching Indian Philosophy & Aesthetics since 1997. She has published 20 articles and two books on Indian Philosophy.
Between 1991 and 1995, she performed as a Bharatanatyam dancer. During this time, she has also worked with Contemporary Choreographer Chandralekha and performed in four of her major productions.

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