Events : Dance & Theatre

Lecture Demonstration on "Poetry in Motion : The poetic and storytelling roots of Kathak" by Madhu Nataraj

Held on Monday, 31st July, 2017 at 6.30 PM

Bangalore International Centre had arranged a Lecture Demonstration on " Poetry in Motion: The poetic and storytelling roots of Kathak " by Madhu Nataraj on Monday, 31st July, 2017 at 6.30 PM at its auditorium.

Madhu Nataraj focused her lecture demo on the profound Kannada Vachanas and poetry of the 12th century women mystics called Sharanes: Lingamma, Muktayakka, Molige Mahadevi and the radical poet Akkamahadevi. In a dance piece called "Nirvayya: dissolving in divinity," she demonstrated how these mystics sought to "vanish without a trace, like camphor on fire.' Similarly, poetry and kathak dissolve into each other, leaving the viewer with a feeling of transcendence, bliss and dissolution of self. She performed and narrated about Bhakti poets like Surdas and Tulsidas, as well as Sufi poets like Amir Khusrau, Ibrahim Adil Shah (Deccan Empire) and contemporary poets like Rabindranath Tagore and Masti Venkatesh Iyengar. The presentation offered a glimpse into the world of love, communal harmony, feminism and dissent as expressed in poetry and kathak.

The performance was well attended and admired by the audience.