PURUSH – The Global Dancing Male
Building upon the incredible success of "Mad and Divine" (2011) and "Epic Women" (2012), Arangham Trust in association with Kartik Fine Arts is delighted to present another conference, "PURUSH: The Global Dancing Male" from December 20th to 22nd 2013 at Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan in Mylapore, Chennai. The pre-conference shows will be held at Alliance Francaise on December 18th & 19th 2013.
Created and curated by Dr. Anita Ratnam (Artistic Director of Arangham Trust) and co-curated by Hari Krishnan (Professor of Dance, Wesleyan University, USA), PURUSH is a five-day festival, dedicated to explorations of the male dancer in India and the diaspora from classical traditions to contemporary manifestations, from hyper masculine aesthetics to female impersonation, from historical colonial modernity to twenty-first century global realities.
PURUSH is produced by Arangham Trust in co-operation with Kartik Fine Arts for their annual dance conference titled NATYA DARSHAN. Started in 2001 this event has become the crucible for discussions, deliberations, presentations and lectures on dance and dance-led issues.
Featuring powerful performances by established and emerging male dancers, PURUSH also includes discussions and panel presentations with leading scholars from the fields of dance history, cultural studies, and gender studies, interrogating the past, present and future of the Indian male dancer. Major highlights of PURUSH include honouring Kathak maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj with the "Lifetime Achievement Award" instituted by Kartik Fine Arts, felicitating some of the leading male Bharatanatyam gurus of today and the world premieres of cutting-edge contemporary and classical solo and ensemble works specially commissioned for this conference.