Duke-UNC Sangeet will be hosting Ramya Kapadia, a vocalist, dancer and choreographer, for a lecture demonstration on movement and mime in the ancient classical Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam, which is over 3,000 years old.
Kapadia will give the lecture on March 31 at the Nelson Mandela Auditorium in Chapel Hill from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
For lecture demonstrations, the artist picks a theme and speaks about it in order to give background information to people who may not be familiar with the subject matter. Ramya will be performing her own demonstrations with music and dance to display what she will be talking about.
“For example, this one is called ‘Movement and Mime’ so I assume she's going to be talking about the importance and significance of movement in this particular art form, and then she’ll portray the facial expressions and she’ll dance a few items to show exactly what she means by her lecture,” said Priya Vasan, a junior and president of Duke-UNC Sangeet.
Vasan said Duke-UNC Sangeet started out as a partnership between Duke and UNC as a way to promote Indian classical fine arts on both campuses. She said there is a strong classical music and classical dance community in the Triangle area.