I feel sincerely grateful to my former student who invited me to speak and share my way of teaching (using mindfulness, embodiment, and contemplation in academic teaching) on TEDxUniversiteitvanAmsterdam. The event is scheduled for November 15th, 2021 in a small and beautiful theater in Amsterdam. We have already prepared the text, it still needs littleContinue reading “Sharing my story”
The sacred art of whirling dervishes The last period has been saturated for me; the death of my father and the completion of 10 years long Ph.D. project left me emotionally numb. On the one hand grief and the other hand excitement of completion – seemed as if the two opposites have canceled each otherContinue reading “A dance of remembrance”
The Material for Spine is an outcome of many years of curious movement exploration by Steve Paxton, skillfully compiled in a video presentation. It is a system with ideokinetic imagery and exercises that allows connection with one’s spine, the part of our body, which is the most unseen.
Gaga – a movement language: where dancers are guided through ‘movement-igniting’ metaphors to rediscover dancing.
I write this in the times of COVID-19 pandemic, where the lock-downs and social distancing has affected almost the whole globe; resulting in closing down dance schools, courses, gatherings, retreats and festivals. However, for me personally the lock-down has been brightened up by generous initiative of German Acogny, and her school Ecole de Sables (inContinue reading “Tribute to the living legend”
A teacher’s testimonial on integrating student-led discussions with dance improvisation.
Tribute to Gabrielle Roth Two year ago, a visiting teacher on a modern dance class introduced the 5 rhythms warm-up, moving through head to toes, dancing body parts on rhythmic percussions. Without saying its name or revealing its history, the teacher just guided us through the dance. It stood out for me, from many otherContinue reading “5 Rhythms”
In the context of contemporary education, be it at schools, colleges, universities or workshop gatherings, one of the most needed exercises are the group bonding and trust building activities. In the interdisciplinary education much can be adopted from music education. The nature of musical education, demans teaching group skills for performance, for co-creating music, orContinue reading “A valuable resource for educators”
Shortly about Konnakol, the art of vocal percussion from the Carnatic music tradition.