Learn about Kuchipudi dance and the iconography that informs it.
Facets of Indian Culture will highlight the connection of dance, material culture (e.g. ornaments, tools), medieval sculpture, and painting. Kuchipudi dance, a South Indian dance form, will be performed. A demonstration of hand gestures with explanatory narratives will precede each of two ten-minute dances. A collection of figurines and idols will be on display. A moderated talk and Q & A session, and reception will follow the dance performances.
Layavinyasa, a woman-led organization that builds bridges between people of different cultures and forges new paradigms using Indian art forms, will produce and present the program. The program will be hosted outdoors at the Greenwich Historical Society in association with ICC.
Sarada Nori is the founder and artistic director of Layavinyasa, a non-profit organization that propagates Kuchipudi dance and Carnatic classical music originating from south Indian. She has been a part of prestigious festivals such as the International Festival of Arts and Ideas at Yale, conducted workshops and demonstrations in and around New-England. She holds a Masters degree in Arts, specializing in Kuchipudi and explores creative learning methods to connect with students from diverse backgrounds. Sarada is a Greater Hartford Arts Council Board of Arts Ambassador. As an active member of the community, she engages in extensive community outreach by articulating these artforms at public libraries, educational institutions, corporate houses, non-profit organizations, religious institutions and organizations focused on Indian diaspora.
Funding for this project is made possible by the State of Connecticut and the National Endowment for the Humanities, both of which provide significant support to Connecticut Humanities.