Karana Prakaranam is a result of Dr.Padma Subrahmanyam's four decades of research on Bharatamuni's Natyasastra. This product is both educative and entertaining. It gives practical guidance for training the body, through a pedagogy system that Dr.Padma has revived from the common dance codes, meant for whole of Asia and India in particular. Marga is the path laid down by Bharatamuni giving a common grammer for the whole Continent. The 108 Karanas, which were the basic units of dance, have been demonstrated along with the relevant sculptures interspersed. The Jatayu Moksham choreographed and performed by Dr.Padma, revalidates the strength of Marga dance technique in enabling the past to march into the future, allowing creativity without losing the roots of eastern aesthetic values.
The DVD includes basic training for Angika Abhinaya like Angas, Upangas of the body and face, Hastas, Sthanas, Caris, Karanas, Saushtava, Recakas, Angaharas, Pindis, Mandalas and Kalpana.
DR. PADMA SUBRAHMANYAM (Awarded Padmasri and Padma Bhushan by the President of India)
Padma opened a new chapter in the history of Bharatanatyam by being the first artiste to present on the stage the Karanas....not only a visual but also an intellectual treat.... remarkable for the plastic fluidity of her movements, the precision of her steps and the richness of her personality - Times of India (1963)
Extract from the citation of Lifetime Achievement Award :- .....for fundamental research on the foundations of Indian Classical Dance and establishing the unitive thread in the diverse Indian dance forms on the basis of Natya Sastra; for innovative cross cultural research and compositions with Far Eastern and Western styles; and above all, for being a beacon and paramount exponent and torch bearer of the highest in the perennial Indian artistic traditions - Soorya, Singapore (2009)
Dr. PADMA SUBRAHMANYAM's NATYASASTRAM VISVA MARGAM - Bharathanatyam - Live Web Streaming
Dr. PADMA SUBRAHMANYAM & Artistes of NRITHYODAYA proudly present the premiere of NATYASASTRAM VISVA MARGAM
The Global Path
(based on the quintessence of her half a century of research)
Inaugural show in aid of
Bharata llango Foundation for Asian Culture (BIFAC) Natyasastram Visva Margam - The Global Path
Natyasastra studies gained momentum after Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam's passionate research for over half a century along with its practical resurrection. Bharatamuni's Natyasastra is the oldest grammar on performing arts in the world. The precepts found in it are of universal and timeless value. The correlated study of relevant texts and sculptures resulted in the phrase - "Padma opens a new chapter in the history of Bharatanatyam" as commented in the media five decades ago. The present new production is a paraphrase of her practical reconstruction, which she later realised to be the common grammar for dance in the Indian sub continent as well as for the Asian performing arts. Bharata's precepts came to be called Marga - the common path, with its connections with the regional variations termed Desi. This programme is intended to give a kaleidoscopic vision of the tremendous scope that Natyasastra technique offers for usage of physical and emotional expression along with utilisation of myriad forms of music.
In 'Natyasastram Visva Margam1, Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam performs her choreography with a versatile group of 18 Nrithyodaya artistes including Dr. Gayatri Kannan and Vineeth.
The programme includes the following numbers:
1) Purvaranga - the artistic and ritualistic prologue along with Thrigadha - the discussion between three.
2) Performance of 108 Karanas
3) Rasa Karana Nritta - The Karanas relevant to Navarasas relating to Ramayana
4) Natya - A scene from Kalidasa's Shakuntalam
5) Gajendra Moksham - For the music of Miagi Micheo of Japan
6) Jatayu Moksham - For the Symphony of Tchaikovsky of Russia
This programme is an offering at the feet of Bharatamuni, the Adiguru, in whose memory a Pan-Asian cultural educational research centre is coming up at Pattipulam near Mahabalipuram. Your support to Bharata-llango Foundation for Asian Culture (BIFAC) will help strengthen the harmony and common thread of spiritual aesthetics of Asia.