By Vaishnavi Ananthanarayanan
With high energy in the air, passion for dance coursing through the participants’ veins, each looking forward to five days of intensive dance, day two of Dance India started with a session of yoga wellness by renowned Hatha Yoga instructor Arti Daryanani. Participants were asked to first connect to their bodies and find their energy centres. Warming up with yoga and after a sumptuous breakfast, the delegates branched off into the four core classes – Intermediate Bharatanatyam taken by Mythili Prakash, Advanced Bharatanatyam by Priyadarsini Govind, Bharatanatyam Teacher’s Training by Leela Samson and Intermediate Odissi by Madhavi Mudgal.
After four hours of rigorous training, with a lunch break in the middle, the participants settled in for an enriching session on Lighting Design with particular focus on Indian classical dance by K. Kalaiarasan – Technical Director at Apsaras Arts Ltd., Singapore. The session was a great eye opener, giving artistes a clearer perspective of what happens in lighting and stage management.
Followed a session on Ashtapadis in Odissi by Madhavi Mudgal. Ashtapadis – the eight-line verses penned by Jayadeva and his wife Padmavathy in the work called ‘Gita Govinda’—are said to bring out the divine leela of love between Radha and Krishna. Madhavi beautifully explained the ashtapadi Yahi Madhava and Radha’s reactions as a khandita nayika to Krishna who has been with another woman. She stressed the need to portray Radha as an uttama nayika with finesse and subtlety.
The next exciting session was just an hour away. Connecting through Dance by Leela Samson, Madhavi Mudgal, Priyadarsini Govind, Mythili Prakash and Prashant Shah was an interesting exchange of thoughts within the panel as well as with the audience in topics ranging from music for dance to solo versus group choreography and several other aspects of dance. Day 2 of DANCE INDIA 2013 came to an immensely satisfying close.