Pallabi Chakravorty will be speaking about “Affective Labor in Dance: South Asia and Beyond” at the University of Chicago, April 18, 2014.
The symposium also kicks off with a discussion of (her book) “Bells of Change: Kathak Dance, Women, and Modernity in India” with the Critical Dance Studies Reading group at Northwestern University, April 17.
More info about Pallabi’s book available here: http://www.pallabi.com/research.php
If you’re in the Atlanta area, join Pallabi Chakravorty at Emory University on Thursday, October 17th at 7PM for a guest lecture/performance “Beyond the Body: Emotions in Kathak Dance” (Sponsored by the Department of Religion and the Department of Middle East and South Asian Studies, Emory University).
This presentation will use live performance and scholarly explorations to identify the ‘Kathak dancer’ as the seeker of love, pleasure, and devotion, both on the physical and the metaphysical realms. It will use musical genres such as thumri and tala stuctures (metrical scales from the north Indian tradition) to elucidate the idea of the dancer as seeker.
Kumudini Lakhia will lecture on Dance in India on September 20 (4:15-6PM) in the Scheuer Room, Kohlberg.
Indian dance is an important artistic expression of India’s cultural heritage. This audio-visual presentation by visiting Cornell Professor Kumudini Lakhia will chart the contemporization of classical dance traditions. She will present a brief history of Indian dance and then focus on Kathak , a north Indian classical form, to show how the body is molded in the Kathak technique. She will illustrate this by using her own choreographic innovations and discuss her motivations for breaking out of the traditional repertoire. She will conclude with her contributions to the modern development of Kathak as a concert dance form and its increasing relevance in India and its diaspora.
Kumudini Lakhia, the visiting Cornell Professor in the Dance Program, is one of the most accomplished and highly recognized artists in India, in the field of dance and choreography. Her innovations in the field of Kathak, a classical Indian dance from North India, are equivalent to innovations by trail blazers such as Martha Graham. She founded Kadamb Center of Dance and Music in Ahmadabad, Gujarat in 1967. She is a pioneering figure in the Indian contemporary dance movement and her works set in motion what is known now as contemporary Kathak. Her choreographies are landmarks in the annals of Indian dance and they range from contemporary choreographies to some of the iconic creations in Bombay films. Kumudini is the recipient of some of the highest civilian awards in India such as the Sangeet Natak Academy award, Padma Shri and Padma Bhusan. She is one of the most sought after teachers and choreographers in the world, working and collaborating with international dance stars such as Akram Khan. Her life and work are the focus of the book “Movement in Stills: The Dance and Life of Kumudini Lakhia” by Reena Shah. Her students are also internationally renowned dancers and choreographers such as Aditi Mangaldas, Daksha Seth, and Prashant Shah. Apart from teaching at Kadamb, she holds regular workshops and classes in the U.K, Canada, and USA. She carries the message that tradition and innovation are not oppositional ideas, but that tradition can be the springboard for creativity and innovation.