A course offering historical perspective of embodied practices in Modern India.
27 February 2020 to 16 April 2020

At the end of February, Studio Abhyas is scheduled to offer the first module of a one-year course titled – Taming the Sensory Body: Memory, Text, Idea. This course will examine the cultural shifts that took place within the practices of yoga and dance around the turn of the last century. And which recast the body within definitions that overrode both the sensory-body as well as lived-histories in favour of a variety of rational idealisms.

The first module will focus on the cultural and social visions of some key reformers that shaped our modern history, public imagination as well as reformist-ideology. And how these normative ideas drawn upon puritanism and Victorian morality became germane to the construction of a monolithic religious identity in modern India.

The course will include readings from across disciplines: history, anthropology, philosophy, politics, religion, and critical theory, gender studies as well as biography, historiography, hagiography, hermeneutics and so on.  

This course is open to all. It will be beneficial to all serious students of Indian dance and yoga, and informative for those interested in knowing how belief systems and even spirituality maybe historically orchestrated.

Each module will run over eight weeks and will be available online through Zoom. The first module starts on Thursday 27th February 2020 till Thursday 16th April 2020. The contribution for the course is Rs. 8000 Preregistration is required.

For more details contact –
Mridupankhi: +91 9599575830, email – Mridupankhi@gmail.com