Layavinyasa offers workshops, artist talks, master classes and lecture demonstrations as part of it's community outreach offerings
Workshops on Carnatic Classical music and Kuchipudi dance include segments Melody, rhythm, handgestures or mudras and story telling. Activities can be tailored to cater to age groups and experience level.
Artistic Director Sarada developed a unique workshop 'Dancing with Puppets'. This introduces mudras or hand gestures and story telling elements in Indian classical dance using puppetry by incorporating fun activities to try out the different components of Kuchipudi
Photo : Introduction to dance through puppetry at the Indian Valley YMCA
Lecture Demonstrations/Artist talk
This session introduces audiences/participants to Indian dance and music forms providing an overview of the technique, evolution, and development of Kuchipudi and Carnatic Music - South Indian art forms. As an immigrant artist, Sarada will discuss the social histories and how Layavinyasa has expanded it's roots in the current moment. In an academic setting, activities can be tailored to a variety of disciplines, including Dance, Music, Religious Studies, Asian Studies, Women’s Studies, Literature, Visual Art and Anthropology.
A Kuchipudi master class introduces participants to the multi faceted art forms, focusing on the rhythmic, gestural, and expressive vocabularies that are the underpinnings of the form. In addition to active dance instruction, the class explores concepts of aesthetics, theatre, music and movement in Kuchipudi and their ongoing relevance in the 21st century.