Abhinaya is an integral part of Bharatanatyam. Expression can be achieved through the use of facial expressions, specific lyrics and melodies and/or the use of various parts of the body. Through a lecture-demonstration type performance, the students are introduced to specialized hand gestures coupled with body language through which geometrical and abstract shapes are created in space, which, when related to their surroundings, help weave stories rich in life lessons. The stories are created entirely through mime, without using props. The practice of abhinaya teaches us to observe the world around us – to pay close attention to the nature of all beings and therefore to become more empathetic. The program will be offered by one artist.
Ramya S. Kapadia is a Bharatanatyam dancer, choreographer, instructor and a Carnatic vocalist (South Indian classical dance & music forms). Ramya believes that art can and should tell stories that move audiences to becoming better and more compassionate human beings. The collaborators in her works are artists, scientists, literary scholars and philosophers who all share her vision of creating a better world through art. As a former medical physicist and neuroscientist, Ramya is constantly seeking ways to merge the arts and the sciences. She has taught master classes to students across the globe over the last 10 years. Through her school Natyarpana, she shares the rich traditions of Carnatic music and Bharatanatyam with the youth of the Triangle Area.