Thursday 12 March 2020

Bhaanotsav: Reconstructing of Rupaka and Uparupaka - Footloose and fancy free with Dr.Sunil Kothari

Established in 2013 by Kathakali exponent and Sanskrit scholar, musician, musicologist, actor, director Piyal Bhattacharya, Chidakasha Kalalaya, Kolkata's aim is to undertake research and practice of Bharata's Natyasastra as prayoga, presentation, reconstructing of Rupakas, which are Rasatmaka, and Uparupakas which are Bhavatmaka. Following various elements of Natyasastra, the recreation of Bhana as Rupaka and Bhanika as Uparupaka by Piyal has further opened up a new chapter in the field of classical theatre, drama and dance-dramas.

Devoting his entire life to the study of Natyasastra, the music as referred to in Natyasastra, learning it from classical musicians, within India and abroad in terms of pan Indian approach, recreating instruments as mentioned in Natyasastra, like veena and harp, Piyal has taken a journey which indeed is not an easy one to grasp. It expects of the spectator also to have background of Natyasastra, knowledge of Sanskrit and also Pali, Prakrit and other allied languages - a tall order.

In 2013, Piyal staged Bhanika at National School of Drama, New Delhi, which generated interest amongst scholars, directors, dancers, critics. He has been active all these years gathering like-minded actors, dancers who are willing to join him in this journey. With meager financial support but with lot of enthusiasm they have envisioned a form of Marga Natya.

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