Shiva’s Many Dances: The Tandava Nritya
Robert Del Bonta will share how Shiva’s Many Dances and the celebrated ‘Nataraja’ pose is a culmination of how the ultimate depiction of Shiva’s essence evolves over time in a dynamic conception among the Hindu trinity of gods (the Trimürti).
Del Bonta creates an engaging aspect of one of the Hindu trinity gods, reflecting on how the iconic image of Shiva Nataraja the "Lord of Dance" illustrates a creative and destructive power over eons of time. Shiva’s nature as both male and female is also a constant theme. Shiva manifests many other forms suggestive of power and mythological stories of dance or in prayers. It's but a tiny introduction to a major dance visualization heritage.
Teacher and curator Dr. Robert Del Bonta's work has been presented in exhibition venues such as San Francisco's Asian Art Museum, Berkeley Art Museum, University of Michigan Museum of Art, Mills College, Notre Dame de Namur University, Art Passages in San Francisco and New York City, Portland Museum of Art and the New Orleans Museum of Art. He has lectured widely at museums and institutions in the United States, and published numerous articles and exhibition catalogue contributions on South Asian art with thematic focus largely on Indian art of the Jainas.
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Main image: Shiva Dances for Ravana, an illustration from the Shiva Tandava Stotra India, Himachal Pradesh, Kangra, ca. 1810 Ink, gouache, and gold on paper Private Collection
The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Toni Rembe Rock Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
Dr. Robert Del Bonta
Teacher; Curator; Author, Divine Visions World Lovers: Highlighting Indian Paintings from the Collection of Barbara Janeff
Author, Conversations With Socrates; Chair, Humanities Member-led Forum, The Commonwealth Club of California—Moderator