This contribution accompanied Indian Dance: Articulations/Tensions/Negotiations with Shivaangee Agrawal and Mandeep Raikhy, an online durational session discussing the embodiment of Indian dance in our current world. Based on their artistic practices and concerns, guests across India and the UK, with diverse perspectives were invited to contribute to the conversation that revolved around questions of language, criticality, globalisation, caste interacting with dynamics of race, histories, access, and pedagogy – arriving at no neat conclusions.
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This event was part of International Festival of Learning #2 supported by Arts Council England
Priyanka Chandrasekhar is a lawyer by education and a professional classical dancer based in Bangalore. She is trained in Bharathanatyam for more than 25 years and Kathak for about 10 years. She has also learnt the margi techniques of movement. Priyanka has performed extensively in both solo and group formats in India and abroad along with popular dance companies. She is currently a freelance performer and choreographer. She enjoys process based works and building work through facilitation.
Priyanka conducts bharathanatyam classes under the initiative – ‘Nirali’. Presently, Priyanka is trying to relook at the pedagogy of classical dance and aspires to design a new curriculum in classical arts which is accessible, relevant and critical. With a keen interest in the politics of the form and it’s history, Priyanka’s present work explores inter-disciplinary approaches, methods and collaborations that provide space and agency for her co-creators and audiences. She hopes to create a new body of work in Bharathanatyam that includes relevant content, a thinking mind, questions, personal stories, political contexts and has the ability to leave the audiences with an experience.