Author: ಮನೋರಮಾ. ಬಿ.ಎನ್
‘What is dance?’, ‘How is it performed?’ and ‘Why dance?’ these are some of the questions that keep cropping up often for deliberation from the very beginning of learning to the stage of performance. Besides, starting with technical terms such as nritta-nritya-naatya, maarga-desi, lokadharmi-naatyadharmi, uddhatha-sukumara, laasya-taandava, abhinaya-nritta, bhaava-vibhaava-anubhaava, rasa-ouchitya-vyutpatti, shaastra-sampradaaya-parampare-ranganirmaana through several dimensions of research like ‘What is good research?’, ‘What are its attributes?’, selection of the topic, methodology, etc., there have been disconcerting trends that have made commentating on the subject lose its significance. In this background, as well as with a view to address the need for a systematic process to examine and observe our roots and in keeping with the aspirations of its members, Nupura Bhramari Dance Researchers’ Forum had organised an orientation seminar on August 26, 2012, at Gowri Natyashala at Basavanagudi, Bangalore.
Though it was on the lines of ‘Vakyartha Goshti’, where, a given topic or a descriptive sentence is debated, its pros and cons discussed and finally arrived at a unanimous decision; the emphasis was laid on understanding the evolution of terms used in dance and related art fields. Here, the terms were taken one by one in the backgdrop of the evolution of art and analyzed, argued and arrived at individual definitions. It came to the knowledge of the artistes and researchers that the terms which till now seemed trivial had many complex dimensions.
In this background, the summary of the Orientation course, part I, is given hereunder;
Major points of discussion
Under above discussion many definitions has been constructed on ‘What is an art’ . (It is not updated here because of the rules of Forum)
Forum’s convener and administration section chief , Smt. Manorama B.N. presented the introductory note and towards the end read out the decisions before thanking the participants. Dr. Karuna Vijayendra, head of the academic wing, conducted the proceedings. A total of thirteen members from different parts of the country participated.
Important Instructions: All the members of the forum are equally responsible for the decisions taken in this orientation course and adherence to the same is expected from each one of them. The forum will not consider any negative opinions expressed by absentees and the topics will not be taken for discussion again. In this regard, it is suggested to each of the members to actively take part in all the sessions of the orientation course. If this opportunity is missed, link to the future activities may be lost. Hence it is advised to take complete advantage of the forum and get benefited.
Decisions taken in the Orientation course – 1
The proceedings of the session created a common platform and stood as a preparation for future programmes, workshops, seminars and annual conference. The committee expects similar co operation from its members complimented with necessary studies and deliberation.
Important Note: This opportunity is for the members of the forum only as the aim here is to respond to the needs and expectations of the members. Hence maximum usage can be obtained from the forum. The same has to be seriously noted by the members who missed the previous session.
Guidance is available for members desirous of presenting papers in the annual conference. Further, any clarifications needed in relevant topics, can be sought from the forum.