National seminar on
ARTS AND CULTURE FOR INDIAN RESURGENCE
a report by Vijay K. Sharma
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A National Seminar on Arts and Culture for Indian Resurgence was organized by KALAIKODAM—Komala Vardan Institute of Art, New Delhi--as part of its Silver Jubilee Celebrations at the India International Centre, New Delhi on 1-3 August 2008. Dr. Bharat Gupt of
Following the Indian tradition in the true sense of the term, the Seminar began with the Vedapatha and Mangalaacharan (invocation with recitation of the Vedic hymns) melodiously sung by Dr. Sarita P Yajurvedi of
In the past, Indian Arts, Literature and Culture have influenced not only Asia and the
The inauguration and keynote address was given by Prof. Acharya Vachaspati
Upadhyaya, Vice-Chancellor, Lal Bahadur Shastri Vidyapeeth. He emphasised that it was the duty of the present day artists and scholars to ensure that the younger generation acquired the traditional knowledge so that they could add further to it. The famous dancer Smt. Komala Vardan, the founder Director of Kalaikodam proposed a formal vote of thanks.
The first Plenary Session was marked by an inspiring lecture by Shri Kireet Joshi who pointed out that in
The afternoon session concentrated on Restoring Arts in Education. Ms.Shruti, musician, educationist, gave a power point presentation on the theme. Shri Rajendran of the National School of Drama, New Delhi talked about producing Sanskrit plays in today’s time, giving examples of some of the new productions by the NSD, emphasizing the need to adept with the changing times. The session was chaired by Dr. Vijay K Sharma of
In the next session, Shri Prashant Bharadwaj made an interesting power point presentation and showed images of the performing folk arts of Himachal Pradesh and discussed how efforts are being made to save them. The session was chaired by Dr. Shashi Tiwari of
On the second day, after the Mangalaacharan by Dr. Sarita P Yajurvedi, Ms.Anisha Shekhar Mukherji, Visiting Faculty,
In the afternoon, Dr. Sarita P Yajurvedi, in her mellifluous performance, demonstrated how the folk songs and the ritual music were transformed in the Classical in Hindustani ragas. She illustrated her performance-cum lecture with a variety of musical renderings from different parts of the country. Dr.Come Carpentier de Gourdon examined the merits and demerits of Globalization for the Indian Arts. Dr. Shashi Tiwari of
On the third and final day, after the usual Manglaacharan by Sarita P Yajurvedi, the famous American dancer, Ms.Sharon Lowen examined the fate of teaching methodologies followed by music and dance, in particular, the in-house training by the gurus and wondered if the new university or conservatory system could replace it fruitfully. Mr. Gautam Chakrabarti spoke on the reasons behind the Indian state pursuing a cultural schema for patronage mainly to project the image of
In another session, Dr. G.C. Tripathi of Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts,
In the afternoon, Shri Paranjoy Guha Thakurta, the well-known journalist, showed a documentary film (earlier telecast on the Lok Sabha channel) which conveyed how the television media needs to be more responsible and improve itself ethically. Dr. Bharat Gupt gave a power point presentation on the major symbols of Indian art and literature emphasizing that there was a continuous and thoughtful growth along certain values. The session was chaired by Shri Pammi Singh of The Attic.
Each paper was followed by discussion by the predetermined eminent scholars and practitioners of various arts amonst the audience, such as Dr. Shashi Tiwari (Delhi University), Dr. Madhu Khanna (Jamia Millia Islamia), Dr. Vijay K Sharma (Delhi University), Ms. Anisha Shekhar Mukherji (School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi), Dr. Chandra Mohan (Delhi University), Shri Manohar Khushalani (Stage Buzz), Shri Pammi Singh (The Attic) and Dr. Come Carpentier de Gourdon.
The Seminar was well attended for all the three days. It ended with a formal and detailed vote of thanks by the Seminar Director, Dr. Bharat Gupt.
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