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Scholars Day 2005, Wednesday, April 13

Nepalese Dance

This presentation focuses on the cultural dance practice of the Newar people of Nepal known as Charya Nritya. The religion from which Charya Nritya stems, Vajrayana Buddhism will be reviewed an explanation and examples of the dance form itself. In Charya Nritya, the dancers use visualizations to embody certain deities, therefore, a description of the deities that Charya Nritya represents, particularly the deity Vajrayogini is included. Charya Nritya is a ritual dance specific to Tantric beliefs, therefore, Tantric ideologies are inclued in order to better understand the dance. The presenter draws from an account of her ‘lived experience’ learning and performing the dance form in Nepal under Rajendra Shrestha, director of Kalamandapa (Institute of Classical Nepalese Performing Arts).

Presenter: Amy Rance (Graduate Student)
Topic: Dance
Location: 152 Hartwell
Time: 3:45 pm (Session V)