Krishna Devanandan, Tishani Doshi, Sadanand Menon

conference at the IGNITE dance festival 2016

What are the ways in which the core values of Chandralekha’s work can continue to be passed on to a new generation of dancers and makers?
How does the dancer’s body become a living archive of practice, along with its politics? If one can transmit practice, is it possible to inherit and pass on the politics of the work as well?
With its deep connections to form through the vocabulary of Bharatanatyam and Kalarippayattu, what tangible reference points can we identify in Chandralekha’s work to understand how contemporary dance is anchored to an Indian ethos?

Krishna Devanandan worked with Chandralekha for 10 years, beginning in 1989. She worked with Padmini Chettur for 15 years starting from 1995. Since 1998 she has been a trustee of Magic Lantern Trust, a theatre group in Chennai. Presently, she lives and works in Auroville, studying and teaching Tai Chi Chuan and taking care of administration for the Auroville Art Service. Occasionally she mentors dancers and conducts workshops for Padmini Chettur’s group and Magic Lantern Trust. She is part of the project to teach the first half of Sri, a production of Chandralekha’s, which is an initiative of Spaces. She is deeply interested in developing a pedagogy that teaches the core principles of Chandralekha’s work in dance, and works with Padmini Chettur and Meera Krishnamurthi towards this.

Tishani Doshi was born in the city formerly known as Madras in 1975. She received a master’s in writing from Johns Hopkins University and worked in London in advertising before returning to India in 2001. At the age of twenty-six, an encounter with the choreographer Chandralekha led her to an unexpected career in dance. She has been performing Chandralekha’s final choreography ‘Sharira’ for fourteen years. She has also published five books of fiction and poetry. She lives on a beach in Tamil Nadu.

Sadanand Menon is an arts editor, teacher of cultural journalism, photographer, stage lights designer and speaker at seminars on politics, ecology and the arts. He is currently Adjunct Faculty, Asian College of Journalism, Chennai, and he also teaches at IIT, Madras. A close associate of legendary choreographer Chandralekha, he is deeply involved with issues concerning contemporary Indian dance.

Date: October 14
Time: 10 am
Cost: Registration, INR 300 for all three days of the conference
Venue: Startup Tunnel, Vihara Innovation Network, D-57 Chattarpur Enclave, 100ft Road, New Delhi- 110074