Start date: 6 Dec 2014
Bharatanatyam is believed to have entered the Singapore scene in the 1950s. It is said to be one of the first Indian art forms to be transmitted from India to Singapore. For about six decades now, it has been taught, practiced and performed here in Singapore. The development of the dance form in this landscape has been closely tied in with Singapore’s own social, economic and political development. The traversing of Bharatanatyam transnationally into the Singapore framework weaves notions of culture, memory, preservation, identity, reproduction and change.
“The First International Conference on the Emergence, Devopment and Future Directions of Bharatanatyam in Singapore & Malaysia” identifies and brings together local, regional and international scholars, researchers, artists, observers. and policy makers. This 2-day conference will include keynote speeches, paper presentations, roundtable discussions and lecture demonstrations by scholars/artists/promoters/observers, with emphasis on the local and regional players. The international component will include invited scholars – to provide outsider perspective to the discourse and to place Singapore and the region on the map of international dance scholarship.
This conference would cover issues within the framework of history & historiography, diaspora studies, gender studies and cultural studies, specifically in the context of Singapore and Malaysia.