Feminist take on Natyashastra1 min read
Manipal: The Dr. T.M.A Pai Chair for Indian Literature explored a feminist approach towards Natyashastra, through Bharatnatyam, on August 29, at the Gangubai Hanagal auditorium, at 4:30pm.
The talk of veteran critic, Dr. B.N Sumitra Bai on ‘Bharata’s Natyashastra: An alternative discourse’ was featured in the event. Senior artiste and director of the Samudaya Group, N Mangala, from Bengaluru, interspersed the event with her dance performances.
She enacted three powerful women of history: Urmila (Lakshman’s wife, Ramayan), Cleopatra (last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt) and Kunti (the mother of Pandavas, Mahabharat). When asked about the new feminist approach to present Natyashastra, she said, “I’m happy we’ve started something new because it’s very difficult to understand and analyze the academic part of Bharatnatyam. So we thought of doing it alternatively: talk and perform. I’m very happy to become a part of this experiment. This is just the beginning and we will try to continue.”
Dr. Vaidehi, chairperson, Dr. T.M.A Pai Chair of Indian Literature, also presided over the event along with Varadesh Hiregange, director, Gandhian and Peace Studies.
Edited by Kavana Desai