Natya Institute of Kathak & Choreography presented
Dr Maya Rao Kathak & Choreography Conference
From 6pm to 8pm (digital)
May 1 & 2, 2020 Bangalore

DR. MAYA RAO KATHAK & CHOREOGRAPHY CONFERENCE - an initiative of Natya Institute of Kathak & Choreography.

The annual conference named after the legendary dancer-choreographer Dr Maya Rao that features some of the best known performers, speakers and dance academia from across India and the diaspora community - in its second year albeit in a virtual Avatar. Due to the global pandemic crisis, this year's conference went digital, one of the first ones in the country today.

The conference brought into focus the re-framing & reinvention of the performing arts in the times of COVID-19 and its aftermath.

Performances, illustrative lectures and interactive panel discussions featured eminent names like Dr Anita Ratnam, Lynne Fernandes, Aditi Mangaldas, Mahesh Dattani, Madhu Nataraj, Rajiv Menon and more from the fields of dance, design, theatre and film making.

The Digital Dance Conference - The Dr Maya Rao Kathak & Choreography Conference on the 1st & 2nd of May 2020, 6 to 8pm.

- May 1:

Inaugural address by Dr.Anita Ratnam
Special dance feature: Aditi Mangaldas
Panel discussion: 'Re-imagining resilience-Live Arts post Covid 19' (Lynne Fernandez, Mahesh Dattani, Shivani Wazir Pasrich, moderator-Madhu Nataraj)
Audience interaction
Film 'Rare folk and rirualitic forms of Karnataka' by Sneha Kappanna

- May 2:

Maya to Matter: A retrospective feature on Guru Maya Rao
Panel discussion: 'Looking, Watching, Seeing- Changing dance optics' (Rajiv Menon, Sivarajah Natarajan, Sreedevi Deshpande Puri, moderator - Dr.Anita Ratnam)
Audience interaction
Maya: An empowered feminine presence, talk by Sandhya Mendonca
Film 'Dancing Wheels' of choreographer Syed Sallaudin Pasha

The conference also took efforts to raise funds & awareness for the poverty-stricken Folk & ritualistic performers of rural Karnataka. The Covid19 pandemic and the ensuing lockdown has severely affected artistes in India. In particular, the already marginalised and neglected Folk artistes depend on daily performances to support themselves and their families. The current scenario with the indefinite lockdown is abysmal. With no state support and meagre to no savings, the folk artistes have a bleak future, even starvation facing them.

The conference this year therefore attempted to support a few families of these folk artistes in Karnataka region. With the help of collaborator, folk researcher Sneha Kappana, NIKC has identified 10 families that need urgent help with food ration and other essentials. All proceeds from this fundraiser to go towards supporting these families for the next 5 months.

In the current lockdown a lot of people need help. Please keep artistes in mind and contribute as much as you can. If you wish to donate directly to the organisation, please do write to us and we shall share the necessary details.

Donations can be made through this link

Contact: madhu@stemdancekampni.in

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