Bangalore International Centre had arranged a lecture Demonstration on “Aesthetic joy – an esoteric journey", by Dr. Padmaja Suresh, renowned Bharatanatyam exponent and Director, Aatmalaya Academy, Bangalore, on 9th December, 2015 at 6:30 pm at its auditorium. The event was chaired and moderated by Mrs. Lata Pada, Artistic Director of Sampradaya Dance Creations, Canada.
In her Lec-Demo, Dr. Padmaja narrated how Tantra Yoga attempts to unify Shiva and Shakti by raising the serpent power from the lowest Mūlādhāra to the highest Sahasrāra Chakras. The subtle body is composed of seven chakrās or energy centres. All these Chakras converge when vibrated into the Bindu of Sri-Chakra, the mystical Yantra, the supreme Goddess within the wonderful mind- body sphere. In dance, one delves deeply into the macrocosm and into the micro orbits of forces. She explained that human beings are bestowed with six subtle chakras according to Tantra Yoga. There are several ways of raising this shakti found in humans. Dr Padmaja indicated how yogic sadhanas, dance prayogas, basic postures of Bharatanatyam open up the body chakras, and enhance the flow of energy. She also demonstrated the unification of Shiva and Shakti as depicted in Tandava and Sukumara Nritya; And also how purusha and prakruti is merged according to Natya and Tantra shastra, which depicts the most popular Ardhanarishwara form of Shiva. She demonstrated these through audio visual presentation.
The performance was well-attended and appreciated.