APPEAL TO ALL PERSONS AND INSTITUTIONS WHO HAVE INTEREST AND RESOURCES
TO CONTRIBUTE TO CREATE MONUMENTAL VENTURE FOR THE BENEFIT OF FUTURE GENERATIONS
V.P.DHANANJAYAN's proposed new project for the benefit of the future generations
A New Treatise of Naatya (Indian Classical Theatre)
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is the most important text of dramaturgy that India has ever produced.
Written between 500 BC to 300 AD by Sage Bharatha, it serves as a comprehensive
guide, extensively covering all aspects of theatre. Though the title literally
means 'Science of Theatre', the Naatyasaastra contains the fundamental
facts about all our art forms. In 6,000 Sanskrit 'slokas' under 36 chapters,
Natyasastra covers all aspects of theatre and other art forms, beginning
with origin of theatre, acting, costuming, make-up, properties, dance,
music, poetic composition, play construction, grammar, audiences, rituals,
and the architecture of theatre.
Since it was
originally written there has been no concerted effort to update this treatise
with the advances made in the past 20 centuries. While scholars and artistes
have made commentaries and translated the text into other languages, they
have so far been reluctant to add to these ancient scriptures and to extend
the theories to include insights of later generations. Since the ancient
texts, there has been systematic evolutionary changes in practice and theory,
which have to be recorded in concrete forms and other long lasting methodology.
(Like rock cut sculptures, browns statues, photo album in book form, digital
is producing Nava Bharatam, a new multimedia project to document advances,
innovations and additions made to all aspects of Naatya (Classical theatre),
with a particular emphasis on contemporary Bharata Natyam. This is intended
as the sequel to the Natyasastra which will provide a more complete history
of Indian Classical Theater as it has evolved till today, using the following
types of media:
New vocabulary in Samskritam (Sanskrit), written by scholars in the poetic
meter of the original Natyasastra and translated into modern languages.
Professional images of all the new hand gestures, postures, poses and movements.
This will include the gestural vocabulary developed to represent modern
subjects such as cars, airplanes, computers and cell phones.
Artworks: Line drawings and paintings by leading artists.
Professional quality videos of prominent dancers demonstrating their varieties
Sculptures of nearly 500 body postures (karanas) that have been developed
since the original 108 described in the Natyasastra. These will be carved
in granite and installed in selected sites by traditional sculptors.
types will be assembled in the following ways:
Book: Includes the text, photos and illustrations. Web site & DVD:
Includes text, photos, illustrations and videos in a searchable and interactive
format. Site-specific installations of granite sculptures in places such
as Kalakshetra, Bhaaskara and Dakshinachitra. Construction of a new museum
space for display if proper funding available. .
& Ideas FINDING FUNDING RESOURCES AND INDIVIDUALS & CORPORATE HOUSE
TO CONTRIBUTE TOWARDS THIS AMBITIOUS MONUMENTAL PROJECT .
project manager and core research team including scholars, dancers, teachers
and grant writers. Establish the scope of the project in terms of areas,
styles and time-periods of coverage. Get estimates from writers, photographers,
videographers, visual artists, sculptors and architects. Develop a detailed
project plan and timeline. Develop a grant proposal and apply for funding.
Start execution of the project upon receipt of initial funding. Suggestions
and voluntary help welcome.
DEDICATED TO THE CAUSE OF PRESERVATION, PROTECTION AND POPULARIZATION OF
BHAARATA-NAATYAM AND IT'S GREATNESS AND DIVINITY.