Arshiya Sethi

Aesthetically Speaking: Classical Dance in India

This talk reveals the brilliant universe of the most ancient yet continuing tradition of dance in the world. While the famous Dancing Girl of the Indus Valley civilization, suggests an older history, going purely by the textual, sculptural and epigraphic evidence found elsewhere in India, it would appear that India boasts of an unbroken dance tradition of over two thousand years.

What was dance like then, who danced, for whom and why, are some of the questions this talk attempts to answer. In the process it takes you through a critique of the different dance forms of India, and discusses their aesthetics, kinetics and history.

Time: 120 Minutes

AV Requirements:

  1. Laptop or Computer to play CDs
  2. LCD/DLP Projector
  3. Screen
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