Hari Krishnan and B. Balasubrahmaniyan

Navaratri Festival: Music Department Colloquium

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 4:15pm
CFA Hall


In this interactive presentation, Associate Professor of Dance Hari Krishnan and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music B. Balasubrahmaniyan present and analyze pieces from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century courtesan dance repertoire of South India. At the core of these pieces is a poetic display of eroticism and interpersonal human relationships. They will discuss the aesthetic and social histories of these pieces, and their relationship to Karnatak music and Bharatanatyam dance. This talk will be followed by a performance in which they demonstrate how the techniques of dance and music aid the performer to create commentary on the text of the compositions through the evocation of metaphor and variation. The performance will be accompanied by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music David Nelson on mridangam, and Fugan Dineen MA ’05, Ph.D.’15 on nattuvangam.

Image (from left): Hari Krishnan and B. Balasubrahmaniyan