All forms of art come from the same aesthetic philosophy: Geeta Chandran


By Sukant Deepak

New Delhi, May 19 (SocialNews.XYZ) When the pandemic caught everyone off guard, rendering the eerie familiar and monochromatic colors, and inviting fear, panic, discrimination and depression; dance, because Geeta Chandran has become her traveling companion.

“Its potential to create joy and provide emotional nourishment and creative energy saved me, despite two Covid attacks my family and I faced,” recalls the Padma Honors recipient Bharatnatyam Chandran dancer Shri and Sangeet Natak Akademi.

Even as we adopt new normal post-pandemic behaviors, very different from our pre-pandemic lives, Chandran decided to pay homage to the source of dance that helped her survive and overcome. Thus was born “In Search of Infinity”, an “autobiography of my dancing spirit”, which will be presented at the India Habitat Center in the nation’s capital on May 21.

“It reveals the internal landscape that was robust enough to keep me busy, busy and happy,” she told IANS.

For someone who has been engaged with Bharatnatyam for four decades now, from the age of five, she says the dance form is her language of communication which she uses both to delve into her traditional heritage magic dance and say things that she finds important and meaningful as an artist.

“That resilience in my art form to be flexible – both ancient and contemporary is its greatest peak,” she adds.

Chandran, who also learned music, feels that for her dance and music emerge and feed off each other. Rejecting the siled approach to the arts, she asserts that different art forms, including music, dance, painting, sculpture, poetry, literature and film, come under the same aesthetic philosophy.

“And I’m constantly inspired by creativity in all of these disciplines. And that leads me to collaborate with artists of all genres and enjoy the creative spark that comes from that.”

Lamenting how artists have been left to fend for themselves during the pandemic, she feels it was a new low.

“Many of us were deprived of our regular sources of income – performances. How did artists survive financially and psychologically? No one cared. I consider this a huge tragedy. While many countries, big and small, created leaflets in support of artists, here in India, where art and culture are such a part of who we are as a people, we felt ignored and completely inconsequential.”

Talk to him about the performance courses being introduced in several universities, especially private ones, and Chandran feels that considering the art of “performance” should be analyzed academically, it’s a positive development.

“However, we cannot simply be guided by Western conceptual theories of performance. We need to create a robust new language of analysis of Indian performing arts where creation and its viewing are experiential. Theory must follow practice .I know the performing art of academics getting doctorates without ever seeing a performance.”

When it comes to audiences, the dancer feels that they haven’t changed as fast as the ways of consuming entertainment (have changed).

She believes that with the options available at the click of a remote control, audience behavior in consumer culture has changed.

“For an artist, it’s a challenge; on the one hand, we have to cater to the traditional audience that comes to watch us live, but then there’s the other vast audience that awaits us on metaverse, OTT and social media How can artists with their limited resources tackle
these multiple platforms? How to ensure that in this new universe it is not the richest who win, but the most talented and creative? And what an immense challenge for the future of our arts,” she concludes.

(Sukant Deepak can be contacted at [email protected])

Source: IANS

All forms of art come from the same aesthetic philosophy: Geeta Chandran

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