by Juan Irizarry for The Dance Journal
Master Bharatanatyam artist Professor C. V. Chandrasekhar is one of India’s most highly regarded and, at age 79, longest practitioners of the form. After a two-week workshop process with the master, Philadelphia-based dance company Three Aksha presented an evening of Bharatanatyam dance at the Painted Bride Art Center on March 13 and 14, 2015.
Inspired by the overlap of science and spirituality, Professor C. V. Chandrasekhar created a Bharatanatyam dance piece “Vibhava.” The piece decodes “the Theory of Evolution” through Hindu mythology. Change, they say, is the only thing Constant. All of us experience change in our life: our views take shape, thoughts mature, perceptions get molded, and if ever we sit and reflect, we wonder how it could be that we are so different from the way we were just a few years back! Similar change in the life of our planet is evidenced by the process of Evolution. The dance piece revolved around the “Theory of Evolution” as proposed by the Biologist Charles Darwin and comparing it with similar thoughts in the Hindu tradition.