Sri Krishna Gana Sabha's Naatya Kala Conference(NKC) is a very important event during the Chennai Art festival season in December.

30th annual NKC was held between 26th and 31st (six days). Nrityachoodaamani Smt. Shanta Dhananjayan is the convener for the 30th & 31st NKC.(for two years).

This year's conference focussed on the "Abhyaasa-Sampradaaya" (evolutionary developments in the last century) culminating in today's repertoire.


Shanta Dhananjayan about the conference
I have been asked to convene the 30th Naatya Kala Conference to be held between 26th and 31st December 2010. This year, the Secretary Sri. Y.R.Prabhu and the Executive committee members have asked me to focus on the Bhaarateeya Naatya Sampradaaya (classical Indian performing arts), which should throw more light and deeper insight into the Abhyaasa Sampradaaya (evolutionary developments in the last century) culminating in today's repertoire and presentations. So the theme title for this year's NKC is ABHYAASA-SAMPRADAAYA.

We have chosen initially to represent and present Bharatanaatyam, Kathakali, Kuchipudi-Naatya, Oddissi-naatya and Kathak-naatya. We hope to make the deliberations & demonstrations more educative and practical oriented to enhance the quality of appreciation for our arts, This should benefit not only the general audience, students, connoisseurs but also the critics and writers on performing arts subjects to improve their general standard of understanding of classical performing arts.

Each day is going to be devoted to one particular style culminating with an open house discussion. WE want to involve only established and specialized Naatya Institutions rather than individualistic representations.

Each day's presentation will be guided by a great and living legend Achaarya in that particular form of Naatya. So that he or she could trace back the training system from few decades onwards to present day.

Each day's deliberations and presentations will be recorded (audio and video) for archival purposes.

On the last day of the conference (31st Dec) we plan to have an open house purposeful discussion on FUNDING THE FINE ARTS - SOLUTIONS TO PROBLEMS. We are hoping the participation of representatives from Government Founding Bodies (Both Central and State), Corporate Houses, Sabhas and other Cultural organizations, Press and the Public. This session is envisaged to help the performing artistes, how to go about getting funds for productions, running Naatya schools and undertaking foreign tours etc.
- Shanta Dhananjayan

Reports on Sri Krishna Gana Sabha's 30th annual Naatya Kala Conference (NKC) convened by Shanta Dhananjayan from Dec 26-31, 2010
- Lalitha Venkat,
* Sculpting Kuchipudi
- Tulsi Badrinath, The Hindu, Arts - Dance, December 29, 2010
* The gruelling training of a Kathakali artist
- Tulsi Badrinath, The Hindu, Arts - Dance, December 29, 2010
* Reviving Odissi with a focus on the classical
- Tulsi Badrinath, The Hindu, Arts - Dance, December 28, 2010
* 30th Natyakala Conference begins
- Tulsi Badrinath, The Hindu, Arts - Dance, December 26, 2010
* Diverse styles
Excerpts from an interview
Vidya Saranyan, The Hindu, Arts - Dance, December 23, 2010

The presentation included Bharatanaatyam, Kathakali, Kuchipudinaatya , Odissi-naatya and Kathak.

Each day was devoted to one style which focussed on educating and enlightening the commoner and connoisseur to appreciate these performing art forms in greater in-depth. Particularly the critics, reviewers and students could enhance their understanding and appreciation level.

On the concluding day (Dec 31st) whole session focussed on FUNDING CLASSICAL ARTS and how to go about getting funds. Representatives from Government Funding Bodies, Corporate Bodies, Sabhas, spoke and answered questions on the availability and procedure to get funds and opportunities to perform and foreign tours etc to help various Artistes, Art Institutions, schools, Cultural Organisations etc.

Contact: Smt: Shanta Dhananjayan (Phone: 044+24911125)
C/o Bharatakalanjali, 6, Jeevaratnam Nagar, Adyar, Chennai. 600020

Sri. Y.R.Prabhu , Secretary, Sri Krishna Gana Sabha
Maharajapuram Santhanam Road, Old Griffth Rd, T.Nagar, Chennai.600017.
Phone; 044+28140806 /
View the poster

26-12-10: Bharatanaatyam- Kalakshetra, Chennai

27-12-10: Odissi Naatyam: Jayantika, Delhi

28-12-10: Kathakali: Gandhi Seva Sadanam Kathakali Academy: Palakkad, Kerala

29-12-10: Kuchipudi Naatyam: Kuchipudi Arts Academy-Chennai

30-12-10: Kathak: Kathak Kendra: Delhi.

31-12-10: Open house discussion "Funding the Fine Arts" This was a very important event with Government departmental heads, representatives (CEO) from Corporate Houses, and Sabha representatives participating in the delebrations. Her Highness Princess Gowri Parvathi Bayi of Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala gave her key note address.