Indian Art in Context
A course entitled Indian Art in Context will be offered
at the Chennai Mathematical Institute during the
August–November, 2016 semester. The course will be taught by
T.M. Krishna with Gita Jayaraj, Dr A. Mangai, S. Nandagopal,
and Baradwaj Rangan.
Art includes performing arts such as dance and non-performing
forms like sculpture. Context refers to the intersection of
society, politics and art. The art-forms under discussion
would be chosen to highlight these connections.
One aim is to sensitise students to the interplay of aesthetics
and perception with geography, class, gender and caste.
The course is principally meant for CMI undergraduates, who
will take it for credit.
Evaluation will be based primarily on:
a presentation by the students on a topic chosen based on
the lectures in agreement with the instructor
a project wherein the student will apply the tools used in
the course to analyse an Indian art-form that is not covered
in the lectures.
Others, young and old, with a serious interest in the themes
will be welcome to the lectures. If you intend to attend,
please write on or before 25 July, 2016
with Indian Art in Context in the subject field.
The class will meet in the Seminar Hall, CMI for fourteen
sessions, every Tuesday during 13:45–16:30, with a break
of 15 minutes. The first class on 16 August will be
taught by TMK, as will be the last. He will take six classes
altogether; the others two sessions each.
T.M. Krishna, one of India's foremost musicians, is also
an author, public speaker and columnist. He will focus on
Classical (Karnatik) music and Bharatanatyam.
Gita Jayaraj wrote her M.Phil dissertation on Kerala's
ritual performative form, Theyyam. She freelances as an
editor and writer. She has served as the administrative head
at a college of journalism. She will discuss ritual art
forms, and in particular Theyyam.
Dr. A. Mangai is an academic, activist and artist. She
teaches English in a city college and is a director,
playwright and actor in Tamil. She will lecture on subaltern
art forms, beginning the discussion with Tappattam.
V. Nandagopal is a senior and celebrated painter, metal
worker and ceramist -turned-sculptor based out of the
Cholamandalam artists village. He will focus on the Madras
Movement of Art and his own work.
Baradwaj Rangan, is one of India's leading and
award-winning Cinema critics. He is an author and Associate
Editor at The Hindu. He will cover Cinema.
| August 16 || T M Krishna |
| August 23 || Gita Jayaraj|
| August 30 || Gita Jayaraj|
| September 6 || Dr A Mangai|
| September 10 || Dr A Mangai|
| September 27|| T M Krishna|
| October 4 || T M Krishna|
| October 11 ||S Nandagopal|
| October 18|| S Nandagopal|
| October 25|| Baradwaj Rangan|
| November 1 || Baradwaj Rangan|
| November 8 || T M Krishna|
| November 15|| T M Krishna|
| November 19|| T M Krishna|