Venue: Stanton Library, Level 1
Happy Hindu New Year!
Join us for a talk on the philosophy of Diwali by Swami Shrikarananda (Swamiji) who is the Resident Acharya (Teacher) of Chinmaya Mission Castle Hill, Sydney. Swamiji has been in charge of spreading the Chinmaya vision in QLD and ACT for the past 10 Years.
This talk will be followed by a 25 minute performance of Indian traditional dancing - Odissi and Kathak.
Odissi is a major ancient Indian classical dance that originated in the Hindu temples of Odisha – an eastern coastal state of India. Odissi, was performed predominantly by women and expressed religious stories and spiritual ideas, particularly of Vaishnavism (Vishnu as Jagannath). Odissi performances have also expressed ideas of other traditions such as those related to Hindu gods Shiva and Surya, as well as Hindu goddesses (Shaktism).
Kathak is is the Hindi name for one of the eight major forms of Indian classical dance. The origin of Kathak is traditionally attributed to the travelling bards of ancient northern India known as Kathakars or storytellers.Wandering Kathakars communicated stories from the great epics and ancient mythology through dance, songs and music in a manner similar to early Greek theatre. Kathak dancers tell various stories through their hand movements and footwork, but most importantly through their facial expressions. Kathak evolved during the Bhakti movement, particularly by incorporating the childhood and stories of the Hindu god Krishna, as well as independently in the courts of north Indian kingdoms.