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Dr. Janardan Ghosh, along with Luckyjee Gupta, invite you to join them for an evening of fun, storytelling and connecting!
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~ with Dr. Janardan Ghosh Who can apply: All those who have participated in the basic Katha ‘Koli workshop. Dates & Timings : (in India time) April 10, 2021 : 5 pm – 6 pm & April 17, 24 & May 1, 8 , 15 ,2021 : 5 pm – 7 pm The Flow Day 1 – One hour – Introduction and revisiting the basics Day 2 – Two hours – The Appropriation of the Narrative Day 3 – Two hours – The Rhetoric of Images Day 4 – Two hours – The Perfected Body Day 5 – Two hours – The Rehearsal Day 6 – Two hours – The SHOW Entering the Cosmic Tale Katha ‘Koli claims that the ultimate reality is conceived as a story and the experience is understood as a spiritual drama. Katha ‘Koli based on Raganuga Bhakti Sadhana has a method, a process, which is both, the means (sadhana) and also the goal (sadhya). So it is a practice (anusilana) that one needs to seriously indulge to the full. The practice of embodying the story: Action engaging emotions, allowing the teller to penetrate the inner world of the story. Stanislavski says, “It is with our bodies that we transmit to others our inner experience”. The physical expression of an inner experience is termed as anubhava by Bharata in the Natya Shastra. The Katha ‘Koli performance is a ritual process formulated in terms of aesthetic experience similar to Raganuga Bhakti Sadhana. In Raganuga Bhakti Sadhana, Rupa states that the inner perfected emotions of the characters from the story of Bhagavata were physically expressed as anubhavas and the only door of access to the inner emotions of these characters is through these physical expressions or anubhavas. Hence, Rupa suggests that if the seeker or devotee could “somehow take on or imitate the anubhavas of one of the exemplary character,” one could obtain the emotions of that character and come to inhabit the world in which the character resides. Katha ‘Koli attempts to inhabit the truth of the stories that one explores and thus stumble upon the identity of the self. According to the philosophy of ‘Achintyabhedabheda’ proposed by Caitanya and later adopted by Sri Ramakrishna, in one of his multifarious sadhanas, the human souls can become like, but not identical to the model character. A child enters the world of the model parent by imitating and thus taking on an identity presented by the parent, but in the process does not exactly become the parent.” Katha ‘Koli performer aims to enter the truth of the story following the process of Raganuga Bhakti Sadhana and offer an immersive experience to the listener. The advanced module will deal with the process mentioned in our basic discussion and create a full fledged performance. Each individual will be required to devote a ‘spirited’ self and engage deeply in the act to be initiated into the process. We will work at three cross three levels: The Appropriation of the Narrative: The obvious meaning (shravana), The obtuse meaning (the metalanguage) [kirtana] and the linguistic stillness (dhyana).The Rhetoric of Images: (visualized lila) The image, in its connotation, is constituted by an architecture of signs drawn from a variable depth of lexicons (of idiolects)…Visualize-Recreate-InhabitThe Perfected Body: (Siddha Rupa) The Rasa Box. Understanding Signs (mudras), Revisiting Emotions (smarana), Performing the Ritual (nishevanam) The time in between the mentioned days will be a self monitored working out of the given task (approximately 5 hours per each interval).
Every story is a journey. We began at Dakshineswar Ghat and walked to Jadu Mallick's Garden House, then onto the dilapidated Mosque to Buro Shiv Mandir (Ariadaha) and then to the house of Gopal's Ma ....Walking down the lanes of Kamarhati to Panihati, Moni Sen's house, Raghav Pandit's house and lastly to the holy Mahatsov Tala. It was an attempt to revisit Sri Ramakrishna's longing for Sri Chaitanya's experiences. Trekking from Dakshineswar to Panihati is a pilgrimage to the world of spiritual longing and community building; with the profound idea of love and peace. This is a step towards our work-in-progress with our latest production - Paramahamsa: Ek Vyakulatar Goppo. The Katha 'Koli team, storytellers and performers, started the journey at 5.45am from Dakshineswar and completed the journey at around 9.45am. We read portions from Kathamrita, Lilaprasanga, Chaitanya Charitamrita and Chaitanya Bhagavat. The travellers performed Nagarkirtanas as well. To walk is to immerse. This is just a glimpse of the same... We will be using the entire video as a backdrop for our performance of Paramahamsa. Our next show is at Amtala, South 24 PGS, hosted by Hyphen Theatre on 29th November.
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