Still theatre of minature art
Bimba The Art Ashram
The two dramatic moments are:
Thyagaraja draws a 5 stringed chariot
by smt.Uma Nagaraj
Hanuman courts wilful captivity
by smt.Deepika Dorai
More about Rasalok and Bimba The Art Ashram for the interested…..
More about Rasalok
Smt. Deepika Dorai – founder artist at Bimba The Art Ashram – is the third generation of artists to practise the unique miniature format, now Rasalok Still Theatre- Miniature art.
In the 1930s, the late Srimathi M N Susheelamma (Malleswaram, Bengaluru) sowed the seeds for this tradition as part of every Navarathri festival offering. Her purely visual creation was her own depiction of an arresting moment in miniature. She created a still scene by costuming small celluloid dolls and positioning them on an illuminated mini-stage with her own handmade miniature replica creations of flora, fauna, natural surroundings and dwellings. These “actors” and their environs depicted a charming moment from a classic in miniature proportions.
This annual practice was continued and enhanced in its visual elements by her daughter and versatile artist Smt. Uma Nagraj. Her daughter was convinced that the rich practice needed to grow and share its enthralling experience. In 2003 it became open to all in a formalised setting. Smt Uma Nagraj and her daughter Deepika each individually compose and narrate each a solo magical moment every year. Deepika stepped in as a practitioner in 2004. She was impelled to make subtle yet dramatically significant changes to create a deep and inspirational experience.
Miniature characters and dramatic details from conception to hand creation created the miniature sense of expanse. Intense solo theatrics were introduced to experience the emotional movement. Retained are the aspects that constitute the core and boundary of the visual art form – classic grandmotherly technology, simple earthy processes that work with what is around, timeless spiritual origins of the drama, and the virtues of silent yet dynamic stillness in depiction.
For each Rasalok still moment, the solo artist now composes afresh miniature characters specifically to discover classic beauty. The aim is a strong and immediate connection with each “creator-actor”. A sense of recognition and live dynamism is infused through creating features, expressions and posture, classic costuming, handcrafting miniature jewellery and dramatic positioning. The intricate detailing is imaginatively hand made from various earthy media – plants, birds, animals, dwellings, interiors, and landscape. This creates vibrantly beautiful settings and backdrop to the climactic effect of the incident. The use of hand operated light effects accentuates the impact of the experience.
The focused atmosphere of a rustic theatre specially created by Deepika lends a special aura. The live performance – an original adaptation of oral classical traditions to this unique theatre by the solo artist- brings an experience of reality and awe to the “Leela” enacted by the cosmos!
Rasalok is a solo art form that blends multiple disciplines into a unified holistic practice and performance in the classical genre. It is a treat equally for all – the artist, the classicist, the modernist, a lover of drama and the child in each of us who loves stories for entertainment and enrichment. Hence it is always open to all only. Mature audiences appreciate the layered meaning and nuances connecting them to our classic legacy of love, compassion, wisdom and learning. Children enjoy the rich multi-sensory experience which enables their minds to receive the indelible impact of the moment. Spiritual seekers experience an opening of doors of perception enabling a depth of intellectual and emotional experience and beyond.
The creation of the moment by the artist starts many months ahead of Navarathri. Her Saadhana culminates in the live Rasalok performances during the festival season, and its spirit flows into the artistic and creative process of Bimba the Art Ashram for the rest of the year. Rasalok can also be experienced many times as it becomes a part of the “Every Saturday Art at 630 pm” offering, from 2008. This which also occasionally features live performances by Masters who soak in and breathe their practice.
More about Bimba the Art Ashram
Bimba the Art Ashram is a unique urban space in the heart of the city of Bengaluru. Creation, conservation and celebration of organic earth-sensitive handmade art blending traditional aesthetics and sensibilities with contemporary form, function and relevance is a live practice. The spaces – every nook and corner – share artistic possibilities ideas and lifestyle values. It is open to all every day through the yeat and home to daily practise of hand making in various forms, Bimba The Art Hut, Rasalok and Aangana. It plays host to Every Saturday Art at 630pm live performances by Masters. Walk around the space and experience and grow your awareness of processes that hand transform earthy wood, metal and fabric into organic art.
The annual festivals of Ganesha Habba and Navarathri are happenings in Bimba the Art Ashram that deepen and expand the extraordinary spirit of these timeless celebrations. The recent Gowri Ganesha Habba witnessed over 120 Ganesha and Gowri clay idols each individually and lovingly hand-painted by the artist for display and worship.
Bimba the Art Hut is situated at the entrance to this refreshing lung of art called Bimba the Art Ashram. This space is housed in a quaintly charming building which is over 100 years old. Our founder artist hand worked and transformed this period structure into Bimba the Art Hut. This is a treasure house of aesthetic handmade earth sensitive art that flow seamlessly into daily living. Each exquisite piece carries an idea and a story embedded with values that you will cherish in your home and your life.
Bimba the Art Hut also showcases work from masters who walked into our space and have now become our friends. You can appreciate work from indigenous masters who sculpt, weave, carve, paint in their own life spaces. You can thus grow your awareness about our traditional practice and processes that continue to create fresh and vibrant art and the crucial linkage they represent with sensible living. This space shares such ideas that we can add to our lives everyday and occasionally spotlights a specific aspect through a special happening!
Come Experience Embrace the Rapture of Rasalok (Solo Still Theatre – Miniature Art) Rasalok can be interpreted from Sanskrit as a heightened aesthetic soulful experience of a complete world. It is spellbinding theatre in a dramatically still yet dynamic moment in a lovingly composed miniature panorama. The composer-artist’s soulful narrative in the miniature theatre atmosphere brings to life the arresting spectacle. You are transported to an enchanting timeless era. Rasalok over the years has been experienced by many. It is universal in appeal to all ages and walks of life spanning young children, families, corporate groups, professionals, senior citizens, classical artists and spiritual seekers.
Some timeless moments shared over the years include Hanuman the Blissful Prisoner (2006), Krishna the Divine Servant (2008), Awe strikes Mother Yashodha (2010), Shankaracharya – a sacred throw of dice (2013) and Kanakadasa – Ecstacy Enslaved (2014).
Rasalok 2013 – Ganga an ethereal tryst – Slice of still theatre moment. The picture depicts Ganga poised on the last step, ready to leave Swargaloka. The entire miniature world (not in the picture) portrays two more levels – the Mountains of Bhoomiloka where Lord Shiva is positioned to capture Ganga’s descent in his tresses and the Plains where Earth awaits the descent of the Goddess. The artist’s rendering of the actor’s form, features, costume and jewellery and her dramatic positioning against the exquisitely beautiful backdrop realized through realistic depiction of landscape, dwellings, structures, flora and fauna expands the Moment into vibrant life. Each intricate detail is handmade by the artist from earthy media lying around, such as the white bracelet crafted from individual beads and the hand stitched borders on Ganga’s veil.
A corner of Bimba the Art Hut celebrates Ganeshaa and Gowri Habba
By day the Aangana basks in sunshine welcoming visitors all day all year (clockwise from top left pic 1); at night the open stage came alive to a breathtaking Kathakali performance (pics 2 and 3) and Kuchipudi style movement created as enchanting puppet theatre using hand carved puppets (pic 4)
Come Experience Embrace the Ambience of Aangana
Angana is our founder artist’s hand architected and hand made spaces for growing art and its connectedness with spirituality through practice performance.
The courtyard in the heart of Bimba the Art Ashram exudes an air of warmth and tranquility. Each structure is built with handmade walls and five different hand-mounted roofs fashioned from mud, terracotta and found wood, metal, steel etc. The process was one of continuous spontaneous discovery and organic making. Fascinating pieces of art in every nook and corner invoke surprise and delight. Guests experience a feeling of home-coming in the rustic simplicity of the earthy aesthetic lifestyle.
Open to the sky, the Aangana comprises sacred spaces, living spaces, display rooms, two open air stages and Rasalok mini theatres. Visitors love the classic woodless kitchen. The aura of the Aangana enhances the depth of experience of every happening. The Rasalok mini theatres have been specially crafted to deepen and focus the intimate still theatre experience. The Kolu or Gombe Habba is celebrated through a magnificent display in the Kolu room, open all year. Over the years the open air stages have been witness to some outstanding performances by Masters who live and breathe their indigenous art forms. Rasalok and occasional performances by masters are open to all through the year as “Every Saturday Art at 630 PM”.
on All 10 days of Navaratri
13th to 22nd Oct 2015 | 11:30, 4:30 and 6:30pm
90 minutes each
Angana – Mini theatre
Bimba the Art Ashram
42 Ratnavilasa Road,
Ctc : Deepak 080 – 26622639 / 9886635069
Drishti Art Centre
To celebrate 15 years of journey into classical dance by Drishti Art Centre, a Bharatanatayam institution headed by Anuradha Vikranth. The evening will feature, mega dance performance by the students of ‘Drishti’-disciples of Smt. Anuradha Vikranth
A special dance production “Navarasa Shakti” will be presented as part of this evening.
About the Institution
Drishti Art Centre established by Anuradha Vikranth, noted Bharatanatyam dancer from Bangalore, is dedicated to nurture, promote and propagate classical arts. Its main activities include – imparting training in dance; publishing ‘Drishti’, an exclusive magazine on dance and music; organising workshops, seminars and dance festivals; and collaborating with other cultural organizations to promote art.
Activities of Drishti Art centre
Drishti Art Centre, currently training over 200 students in Bharatanatyam. Drishti magazine, It is one of the most popular quarterly magazines in Karnataka on art, dance and music – Which strives to entertain, inform and instruct readers. Drishti Dance Ensemble: Drishti Art Centre also promotes young talented dancers by giving them the platform to perform through Drishti Dance Ensemble. Drishti with others, Drishti organises workshops, seminars and so on in collaboration with other cultural organizations to promote classical arts.
Anuradha Vikranth is a renowned Bharatanatyam danseuse, known for her vibrancy and grace. She has created a niche for herself in the field of Dance and over the years, has grown in stature, broadened her artistic vision and expanded her skills through several innovations. She has established herself as a dancer, choreographer and a teacher. She also is the co-founder and creative director of Drishti, an exclusive quarterly magazine on dance and music. She is the secretary of World Dance Alliance –Karnataka Chapter. Trained in Bharatanatyam by Guru Nirupama Rajendra, Guru Narmada and Guru Padmabhushan Dr. Padmasubrahmanyam, Anuradha Vikranth has given innumerable performances all over India and abroad, and won the appreciation of art lovers, connoisseurs of dance and critics.
Anuradha is an ‘A’ graded artist of Doordarshan. She runs the Drishti Art Centre, a premier dance institute where she imparts training in Bharatanatyam.
Tuesday | 13th October 2015 | 6 pm
Chowdiah Memorial Hall
Gayathri Devi Park Extension,
Directions to the Venue : http://goo.gl/maps/tquFl
with Deeptha and Lakshmi
Stories from Rajasthan & Gujarat
Age 4 to Adult
Tickets available on Book My Show : http://bit.ly/ZqpU3f
Sunday | 11th October 2015 | 4.30 pm.
Rangoli-Metro Art Center
M G Road Boulevard
M G Road
Bangalore – 1.
Letter Writing Competition
Postal Department, Karnataka
for students from class 1 to 10 Std
Saturday | 10th October 2015
Rangoli-Metro Art Center
M G Road Boulevard
M G Road
Bangalore – 1.
Grama Bharata Samskritika Vedike
Bhoga Bharata V/s Sukhi Bharata
Gandhi : Nalige Nambida Nayaka
Authored by Baraguru Ramachandrappa
will be released
Saturday | 10th October 2015 | 11:30am
Indian Institute of World Culture
No.6, B P Wadia Road
Bangalore 560 004.
LIGO – India
Beyond Gravitational Wave Detection to Gravitational Wave Astronomy
A Special Lecture by
Prof. B. R. Iyer
International Centre for Theoretical Sciences
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Bengaluru
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
Bangalore Association for Science Education
Predicted by Einstein almost a century before, Gravitational waves (GW) have eluded direct detection till now. The talk will provide an introduction to GW and the heroic attempts to detect it. The first detection of gravitational waves by detectors like Advanced LIGO and Virgo seems imminent in the coming years and will open up a new observational window to the Universe. When detections become routine, inaugurating GW astronomy requires extension of the existing network to a global network to provide good sky localization for the GW sources. LIGO-India will play a key role in locating and deciphering GW sources with implications for astrophysics, cosmology and eventually fundamental physics.
Sunday | 11th October 2015 | 5:30pm
Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium
Sri T Chowdiah Road,