To many people in many cultures, music is an important part of their way of life. Ancient Greek and Indian philosophers defined music as tones ordered horizontally as melodies and vertically as harmonies. Common sayings such as “it is music to my ears" point to the notion that music is ordered and pleasant to listen to.
Dancing can help us jump our brain to overdrive. Left side of the Brain is analytical and logical while right side of the Brain is creative and triggers the sense of aesthetics. Dancing is great at involving the entire Brain to function simultaneously – from musical and kin-esthetic, to rational and emotional.
For the “Performing Arts” The tutelage needs to be sequential, to develop skills and understanding of creating, performing, and responding. The pedagogy provides opportunities for students to make connections among the arts, with other disciplines within the core curriculum, and with artistic resources in the community.
We have put in our efforts to introduce the ethos and philosophy of "Performing Arts" at IIT Guwahati. The "Performing Arts" discipline emphasizes the interaction of technical mastery, cognitive knowledge, and creative imagination. Centre for Creativity has been created in order to nurture the activities pertaining to “Performing Arts”. In every semester we are running zero-credit courses (Senate approved) in the following disciplines of “Performing Arts”:
The dance course is coordinated by Dr. Anwesa Mahanta, a renowned Sattriya danseuse who has been honoured with national award of “Yuva Sangeet Natak Akademi Award” for her contributions in the field of performance and research.Violin is taught by Dr. Devanand Pathak who was a regular performer at the All India Radio Lucknow before joining IIT Guwahati as an "Artist in Residence".Now he is a graded All India Radio artist from AIR Guwahati. He is an excellent Tabla player too.The vocal music (Hindustani Classical) is taught by Ms. Bhaswati Sarma , an approved artist of All India Radio Guwahati and Akashvani Santiniketan and Dr. Anita Mahanta who is an eminent artist and have received accolades for their performance.