The Indians classical dance forms are timeless languages of expression that depict social life and experiences through mudra. Unlike in the western dance forms, a dancer’s body movements in Indian classical dance are restricted by invisible boundaries or geometric frames. Dance as an art form helps one explore the inner self and let go of any inhibitions that may be limiting the artist’s expression. When an artist learns how to articulate & emote despite the challenges of boundaries/space, the outcome is even more enriching and delightful to watch. As budding artists and designers, students at IIAD were introduced to this concept by Shagun Bhutani, an exponent of traditional dance forms like Odissi and Seraikella Chau.
The session began with Shagun describing her body of work through dance and how it helps her as an artist in depicting stories and life experiences. In the later half of the session, Shagun taught the students some basic dance moves and how to be comfortable emoting through their body movements. It was an extremely fun session but at the same time was enlightening for the students on how dance can help them become better artists, be it in the field of fashion, communication or interior architecture & design.
About Shagun Bhutani
Shagun Bhutani is a noted Odissi and Seraikella Chau artist who has conducted various workshops in Italy, USA, South Africa, Japan and Mexico. While being an exponent of the timeless traditional dance forms, Shagun did not shy away from embracing the American Contemporary form during her stay in New York. Shagun incorporates a beautiful blend of her intense training in the traditional Indian dance forms with that of Hath Yoga, Zen Dance and American Contemporary in her teaching methodology. She has also been training number of aspiring artists in Odissi and Seraikella Chau at her training institute, Madhyam.