IISF 2020: CSIR DG Mande, MP Sahasrabudhe talk need to integrate science & performing arts in India

New Delhi: In the 6th edition of India International Science Festival, 13 new events were included. ‘Science and Performing Arts’ was one of them. This event is an effort to explore the logic behind various performing art forms focusing on vocal, instrumental music, and dance in the perspective of contemporary sciences. This is an apt platform for scientists, researchers, academicians, artists, performers and students who are willing to peep into the universe with the help of numerous dimensions of ‘Bharatiya Sangeet’, according to a statement from the Ministry of Science & Technology issued on Friday, 25th December.

Speaking at this event, Shekhar C. Mande, DG, CSIR said that IISF is the celebration of the scientific wealth of India, adding, “Therefore, through the sessions on science and performing arts, we shall try and explore the logic behind various performing art forms focusing on vocal, instrumental music, and dance in the light of contemporary sciences.” DG Mande congratulated all the participants of the event for taking interest in this rare kind of genre of study.

Inaugurating the session, Vinay Sahasrabudhe, President of Indian Council of Cultural Relations, MP, Rajya Sabha, and Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education emphasised the need for integration of science and various performing arts in India. He mentioned that there are various research opportunities. He also encouraged students to opt for research work on this subject, as per the Ministry of Science & Technology.

Rajya Sabha MP and Padma Vibhushan Awardee Sonal Mansingh enlightened the audience with her scholarly approach towards science and all the art forms, particularly in dance and the artistic attitude regarding scientific concepts. She drew a noticeably clear line between science and arts with the proper blend of philosophy in it.

The coordinator from Vijnana Bharati for this particular event, Manasi Malgaonkar proposed a vote of thanks and Sucheta Naik compered the session. Other Sessions included: Lecture on Scientific Aspects of Veena by Jayanthi Kumaresh and Vibrations in Ananda Tandava of Nataraja by Padmaja Suresh. Suresh explained the expressions of various scientific concepts through dance. An interactive session with Sangeeta Shankar, Sudhin Prabhakar, and a live violin performance by Nandini Shankar were also organised.


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