Vilasini Natyam Online Lecture Demonstration Workshop
Celebrating 75th Year of Independence under the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav with Shreshth Kala Sangam in collaboration with Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya, Mumbai, Maharashtra an initiative by Shreshth Kala Sangam Research Centre, presented Two-Day Online Lecture - Demonstration workshop on Vilasini Natyam by Purvadhanashree on Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st November, 2021 from 2:00 - 3:00 PM IST.
About : Shreshth Kala Sangam
Shreshth Kala Sangam is a society which has been formed by young intellectuals and artistes, supported by some of the best minds of India, who are Advisors. The society is completely dedicated to classical dance, music, art, culture, literature, yoga. Shreshth Kala Sangam motto is "Evolution of Oneself" and it works towards its core principle by letting everyone know in various ways that the light resides within you and if you have faith and belief in yourselves then definitely you can be the change. During last year's lockdown we organized several international webinars with international participation and we collaborated with many organizations to conduct several dance & music concerts, lectures by great scholars, yoga teachings by renowned yoga experts to mention a few.
The Chief Patron of Shreshth Kala Sangam is Shri. Margi Madhu, Eminent Scholar & Kudiyattam Dancer & Choreographer, Kerala. The Chairperson is Prof. (Dr.) Rama, Educationist, Writer & Principal, Hansraj College, University of Delhi and there are many other eminent scholars associated with our society. Chairperson, Organising Committee is Dr. Baldevanand Sagar, Educationist, Writer & Visiting Faculty, National School of Drama, Delhi to name a few.
About the Artiste:
Purvadhanashree is a Vilasini Natyam and Bharatanatyam Artiste. From 2000 to 2014 she learnt Vilasini Natyam under Padmabhushan Guru Swapnasundari. Sahitya Kala Parishad, Delhi selected her under the Young Talent Scholarship in the year 2002. For the achievement in the field of Vilasini Natyam, Central Sangeet Natak Akademi awarded Purvadhanashree the Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar in 2008. In 2016 she was awarded the Devadasi Sashimani Devi Smriti Puraskar in the 11th Devadasi National Dance Festival, Bhubaneshwar. She is a "TOP grade” Bharatanatyam artiste of Doordarshan and an empanelled artiste of ICCR.
About Vilasini Natyam:
Vilasini Natyam is the dance tradition of Telugu Devadasis - researched, interpreted, revived and recast by Padmabhushan Guru Swapnasundari. It was traditionally performed in the temples as a ritual, in the royal courts for the aesthetic pleasure of royalty and for the general public as a form of infotainment. As all the Devadasi dance forms went through the renaissance period, this art also went through a difficult stage of rejection, doubt and rebuke. Unlike other Devadasi art forms this dance form did not find a gradual transition from the temple to the public arena. In the 1990s Guru Swapnasundari researched on the dance tradition of Telugu Devadasis. She learnt from some of the senior practitioners - Maddula Lakshminarayana and others. Guru Swapnasundari's understanding and interpretation of the Telugu Devadasi art is Vilasini Natyam.