By Dr. Malati Agneswaran
Sunday, 27th April -3.30pm to 5.30 pm
Hasya rasa- a sentiment of merriment, laughter, smile,ridicule and fun has its physical representation in the four fold abhinayas, various patras or characters, ragas, talas, within the Natyashastraic practices. Sanskrit drama and folk theatre too abound in Hasya. These can be seen within the purview of the rupakas and uparupakas. Tabularised by Bharata as a rasa minor to Shringara,Hasya nevertheless holds its important position in Indian traditional practices and textual tradition. The lecture intends a brief overview of Hasya in its colourful manifestations as also an underlining philosophical implication.
Dr. Malati Agneswaran began her spiritual and creative journey into dance under the traditional Gurus of Sri Rajarajeswari Bharata Natya Kala Mandir The aesthetic journey continued into her being accepted into Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya. After 40 years of dedication to this great pillar of Indian dance, Dr. Malati has now embarked into exciting dimensions of her creative dance life. With a background of academic brilliance which includes eminent awards like the Senior Fellowship from Government of India, coupled with her exemplary choreography skills & intuitive teaching methods, Dr. Malati’s passion for the art knows no boundaries. She continues her journey through her research in ancient sculpture and dance. All in all, Dr. Malati has dedicated her entire life to the ‘temple’ called dance.