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To further enhance her creativity and promote Indian Classical Arts, Divya has established ‘Divyakala’, a creative venture showcasing her versatility as a dancer, teacher, artist, dramatist and creative therapist.
Divyakala is a like a banyan tree, playing the habitat for the myriad art forms of India. Just like the immortal and meditative arts of India, the banyan tree signifies eternal growth, with its majestic tangles and deep roots, trunks and branches. Divyakala aims to create a similar spread for Classical Arts of India. Divya’s dance studio is a space for all artists, art lovers and art enthusiasts to come together, collaborate and share their views on the diverse art forms from our country. This is a place where the thoughts merge together to create a greater canvas for the growth of Arts.
Under the banner of Divyakala, Divya has been holding exhibitions to promote her art in painting and creative designing. She has also worked in collaboration with Chandigarh Sangeet Natak Akademi, to enhance the creativity and overall ability of children in Government Schools through ‘Children’s Theatre Workshop and Festival’.
Divya conducts various formats of workshops on a regular basis, to spread the beauty, intricacy and traditional format of Kathak amongst initiated and uninitiated participants alike. With the concept of "Value Addition" to various spheres of the participants, she has devised modules to engage the participants of all age groups, nationalities and knowledge levels of dance. With complete flexibility over length and frequency of sessions, Divya conducts workshops ranging from two to seven days.
The workshops focus on bringing to fore the fact that the various Art Forms prevalent in India are correlated and that a basic knowledge of these correlated art forms is essential. Rhythm, music, literature, instruments, sculpture, painting etc, are integrated together in order to increase the spectrum of expression for the dancers. Various exercises have been developed to touch upon these allied art forms, thereby soaking in the strengths, benefits and flavours of each of these rich traditions to give a wholesome experience to the participants. Voice modulation, rhythm play, abhinaya (story telling through expressions), improvisations on literature, etc exercises have been used by Divya, in her workshops extensively
Divya believes that there is a strong need for strengthening the basics in order to understand the rich art form Kathak. Hence, extensive emphasis is laid down by her through exercises, footwork, body angles, rhythmic structures, literature and more in order to enhance the dance and interpret it as an artist. To engage the minds of all age groups, Divya adopts the technique of story narrations, imitations in nature and most importantly thinking imaginatively, in order to make the learning more effective and easy.
In this fast growing world, there now is a need to understand the use of stage craft, costume designing, make up, sound, lighting, recording etc. In her modules, Divya, brings about the need to understand these changes, and get an understanding about technology in today’s times.
Dance works on the premise that the mind and body are interrelated and interact in health and illness. Thus, dance helps, whether the primary focus is an illness of the mind (which will impact the body) or of the body (which will impact the mind). Divya through her extensive discussions, narrations and audio- visual aids connects the resources within a dancer to unite the mind, body and soul.
To spread the knowledge and awareness of Indian Classical Art forms in the society, Divya conducts the lecture – demonstration module on a regular basis. As an artist Divya believes it is her responsibility to make the audience more educated about the technicalities of the rich Indian Classical dance forms, so that the ‘rasa uttpatti’, which is the constant sharing, communication and transmission of emotions and energy from the dancer to the audience and vice versa, becomes a liberating experience for all. Her love for dance makes it easier for her to help the audiences uncover the gamut of layers that lie embedded deep in the heart of the Classical forms.
Divya engages with children, youth and adults at schools, colleges, training institution, corporate offices, government organisations, to propagate Indian Classical Dance through her expansive sessions on Kathak. The endeavor of the lec-dem module is to bring the Classical Dance forms closer to the audience, allowing them a chance to get a deeper and closer understanding of the rich tradition of India. Being fluent in Hindi and English, this particular session can be conducted in both or either of the languages for duration of 1-3 hours. The module consists of basic information on Indian Classical Dance forms, the journey of Kathak through the years, detailed commentaries on the technical aspects of Kathak; which are then performed by her. A portion of the session also focuses on engaging the participants in active communication through introduction to rhythm, hand gestures and brief narrations of stories from life around us. This process of lecture demonstrations takes the artist and the participative audience on a journey of discovery and exploration of the self.
Expressions involve various mediums; art, music, drama, dance, writing etc. The aim is to break the barriers of the mind, body and thoughts by combining techniques of creative therapy in order to express freely and be limitless with our imagination. Over the years Divya, has worked with children and adults, using her strong base in dance, rhythm and art to help individuals break free of stress, express without fear, relax the mind, achieve catharsis, develop social and behavioural skills.
With the aid of colours, movement, speech, improvisation, story telling, enactment; the mental, emotional and physical channels of the group and individuals are engaged directly. At the heart of the various techniques used by Divya, lies meditation. The premise of these meditative sessions is to express, communicate and let go. These well planned sessions help individuals solve conflicts, manage behaviour, improve self-esteem and develop self-awareness. She believes that the communication with the self not only strengthens the core but also generates a creative energy which in turn acts as a healing force for the mind, body and soul.
Each therapy is influenced by its unique medium or art form, giving it the flexibility to meet the complex needs of every individual. Through meditation, dance movement therapy, guided imagery and drama therapy, a means of self expression is evolved to augment personal growth by traveling the length and breadth of the inner being.