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Pañcavaktraṁ

Pañcavaktraṁ is a production by the School of Performing Arts & Indic Studies of REVA University that highlights the five faces of Śiva – Sadāśiva and elaborates on them through significant stories from Indian mythology.

As a part of the first phase of our campaign, we will be performing in Hyderabad, Bengaluru, New Delhi, Chennai, Bhubaneswar, Kolkata, and Varanasi. In Hyderabad, we will be performing on November 11th, while in Bengaluru, the performance is on November 16th. The performance in New Delhi is on November 26, 2022. The venue will house more than 2000 audience. There will be chief ministers, eminent gurus, and celebrities as guests for the programmes. The local art and artists will be felicitated in each City. There will be special seating arrangements for the press and media. The School of Performing Arts and Indic Studies will have a special stall that features various courses and other facilities available in the school.

For more details about the programme, you can contact Datta Pasumarthi: +91970370831.

There will be Chief Ministers, eminent gurus, and celebrities as guests for the programmes. The local art and artistes will be felicitated in each city. There will be special seating arrangements for the press and media. The SOPAIS will have a special stall in each venue that features information about various courses and other facilities available in the school.

REVA is one of the few Multidisciplinary Universities that uphold the Indian culture and heritage through the SOPAIS. The Performing Arts, comprising music, dance, and theatre, are in demand as career choices, like never before. SOPAIS offers unique, challenging Performing Arts and Indic Studies programmes that prepare artistes for the future. These courses aim to bring a holistic view to the performing arts education system in India. NEP 2020 talks in detail about how art institutions must take the lead to bring innovative changes in our curriculum, by incorporating its suggestions and making a creative change in the education policy. This is where SOPAIS at REVA University opened its door as pioneers in the country to conduct various courses and events to uphold the culture and tradition.

In alignment with the SDG goals and NEP policy, SOPAIS has taken up the initiative of bringing up this unique production called Pañcavaktraṁ which is a commitment towards society. It creates an awareness about the art and helps revive our age-old tradition and culture.

Pancha means five and Vaktra means faces. The five faces are Sadyojāta, Vāmadeva, Aghora, Tatpuruṣa, and Eśāna and they are embodied through the five elements of nature or the Pañcabhūta - Bhūmi, Jala, Agni, Vāyu, and Akāśa. This production is of tremendous significance in the contemporary context. Our ancient treatises and texts chronicle a progressive and “woke” India that is gender-sensitive. The fact that the Lord Siva as Ardhanārīśvara encompasses the male and the female as two halves of the ultimate whole, the total of which is an all-embracing concept of gender and sexuality that existed long before these genders were separated brutally. The piece showcases the confluence of the five elements of Nature that are an integral part of the Indian spiritual identity. Our Vedic gods themselves were incarnations of different aspects of nature.

The production showcases how the five elements superimpose each other with ease in their existence and movement creating harmony and balance in nature. Humans, unaware of the importance of ancient thought have time and again interfered with this balance. This production bridges the gap between the audience who live amidst the smog of global warming, extensive urbanization, and natural resource depletion, and the age-old tradition that has enlightening tales of sustainable development, harmonious living, and the importance of nature.

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Abhivyakti

Under NEP, arts in education is a must and also promotes Indian languages, arts, and culture. REVA University is an interdisciplinary university that offers courses in Performing Arts. To empower teachers and overcome the challenges post-pandemic, the School of Performing Arts and Indic Studies has curated a unique certification course named ABHIVYAKTI for K 12 teachers.

The objective of ABHIVYAKTI is to enhance the non-verbal communication of teachers in the post-pandemic era through facial expressions, gestures, and Natya techniques of Indian knowledge systems. The program includes arts, storytelling, the power of expression, dance and expressions, artificial intelligence in understanding the emotions of today’s students, and the importance of verbal communication in teaching-learning in the post-pandemic era. The certificate program will be delivered by an expert faculty team of the REVA School of Performing Arts along with an online session by an expert from an International University. The program will be organised for all CBSE/ICSE/State Board government and private schools as part of the Outreach program and Teacher Empowerment Strategy of REVA University.

Day 1 of Abhivyakti featured a lecture demonstration by Prof Manvita on the topic Bhāva which spoke of effective communication through facial expressions. We had teachers from various schools come for the event and engage wholeheartedly in the entire event as Prof. Manvita took them through a series of exercises and games on effective methods of communicating and from someone with such a body of experience in the field of education backed by her strong background in psychology and the performing arts, the advice shared was invaluable.

Day 2 of Abhivyakti featured a talk by noted dancer/academician, Dr. Viji Rao on the module of Angika. She highlighted the use of Angas (major limbs) and Pratyangas (ancillary limbs) in teaching. Her lesson for relevant and pertinent for all teachers but also included some key aspects of dance that can be utilised in teaching methods that help faculty maintain agility and energy while standing on their feet and delivering lectures. With her wealth of experience she was able to equip the attendees with useful tools for their work.

Day 3 of Abhivyakti was about Dhwani, voice modulation and projection with two interesting sessions. The first session was conducted by Prof. Kavana, Carnatic Music specialist who spoke about the different variations in voice that can be applied by teachers. She was able to address many questions by the participants on the importance of modulation in conveying the true intent of the lesson to the students. Prof. Akshar, a versatile theatrician, conducted an interactive session on the importance of Voice projection as a teacher in order to be able to have command over and the attention of the class. It was a lively and intriguing session for all participants.

Day 4 of Abhivyakti was conducted by Prof. Deepa Pillai and by Prof Anusha. The lecture was about storytelling. The speakers spoke about the tool of storytelling being very powerful and its impact on children. Storytelling is an essential part of teaching as the elements of Katha, when incorporated into teaching can transform dry subject matter to impactful and intriguing lessons.

Day 5 of Abhivyakti featured a talk by Mr. Hareesh, founder of Luminous, an illuminator of Science and Humanity, Preventia house, Bengaluru. His module was based on Varnana, or narrative elements which are particularly significant for teachers. He captivated the minds of all attendees with important pointers on narration that can be used in day-to-day teaching.

Prof. Subhobroto from a neighbouring K12 school opined that there were a lot of important take-aways for him as a teacher in a school dealing with multiple age groups and he also spoke about how it would impact his teaching methodology going forward.

Indian Knowledge System is extremely rich in providing various skill sets that one can learn and put into practice these skill to overcome the challenges and become good communicators. The School of performing Arts and Indic Studies is facilitating the process of adapting the skill sets that are clearly propounded in ancient Indian knowledge systems related to performing arts.

The 5-day intensive training programme for teachers of K12 schools for non-verbal communication culminated on the 30th of September with a ceremony presided over by Honourable Chancellor, Dr P Shyamaraju. Teachers from different schools shared their experiences and feedback over the workshop and were presented with certificates by Honourable Chancellor sir and Director, School of Performing Arts & Indic Studies, Dr Vidya Kumari S who spearheaded this event.

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Pragna

As socially responsible citizens and an institution committed to civic responsibility, we at REVA University, have started a movement ‘Pragna’ to raise awareness on road safety and road discipline. The neighbourhood is home to a number of schools and colleges apart from our University and hospitals. It is a common occurrence during rush hours for students to struggle to cross the street and arrive at school/ college on time. Women in particular are having trouble making it to their destination in a timely manner when they are walking on the footpath. Additionally, there are a number of hospitals in the area, making it challenging for emergency patients to get there on time owing to road indiscipline. As the stakeholders of REVA University, it is our responsibility to ensure that the safety on roads is kept up to par. It is in this juncture REVA has initiated ‘Pragna’ campaign in association with the traffic police, NSS, NCC, and the neighbouring educational institutions.

REVA will run this campaign from October 2022 to November 2022. During this time, we will also create civic awareness at strategic points through the use of placards with safety messages, personal connect with larger institutions, appeal for cooperation, and ensure due publicity is given to generate awareness.

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Samaavesha

REVA University embraces gender equality as a way of our life. Like Maya Angelou, we believe that it is our priority “to teach young people early on that in diversity, there is beauty, and there is strength” and we practice this whole-heartedly.

Aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal V – Gender Equality - the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, REVA University, is proud to host Karnataka Rajyotsava awardee Dr. Akkai Padmashali, well-known transgender activist, at REVA University on Thursday, 10th November 2022. The event will witness a solo theatre performance by Nayana J Sooda, written and directed by Belur Raghunandan, on the life of Dr. Padmashali. The performance will be followed by a talk on ‘Gender, Sexuality, Inclusivity, and Diversity’ by Dr. Padmashali.

The event is OPEN TO ALL and we welcome all interested to visit our campus and be a part of this programme. Click on the QR code below to register for the event and buy the ticket, priced at 100/- INR. It is a charity event and the amount collected will be handed over to Dr. Padmashali’s human rights organization, Ondede, which works towards advocating the rights of children, women, and sexual minorities.

Register & Pay: https://payment.reva.edu.in/

Note: Registered participants are required to send an email confirmation to dir.ah@reva.edu.in and attach the proof of payment.

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Nyaya Darshana

The term ‘Nyaya’ refers to Justice and ‘Darshana’ means vision. The School of Legal Studies, one of the prestigious law schools in the country at REVA University has come forward to bring in a social awareness campaign, especially among women, who are comparatively fewer in number in the domain of law. Nyaya Darshana is a series of events that contributes to the social development and betterment of society in alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals IV, V, and XI.

“Nyaya Darshana” is an initiative of the School of Legal Studies to imbibe moral and ethical values along with the study of law, and to ensure a sense of social responsibility in the students- aligning the goals of providing quality education and holistic development to the students with the Sustainable Development Goals.

In Greece, the meaning of the word justice is “to each his due”. It means that every person gets what they deserve with moral, ethical, and legal considerations. In Roman society, the law was considered to be fair and just. The Representation of Lady Justice comes from a Roman society where she is the Goddess of Justice.

In India, the representation of the Indian symbol of Justice is represented with a balance scale to show evidence must be weighed neutrally, while the representation of the blindfold shows impartiality to those in front of justice and the sword represents swiftness and finality of justice.

Nyaya Darshana is aligned with SDG goals IV, V, and VII which signifies bringing awareness of justice to the rural and urban sectors, encouraging more women to participate in Nyaya Darshana, and collaborating and partnership with judges, political leaders, and advocates through legal aid centre of the School of Legal Studies respectively.

The main objectives of Nyaya Darshana are:

As part of the Nyaya Darshana, Probono clubs, lecture series, and panel meets are organised. This includes Pro Bono legal general services, lecture by learned judges and eminent advocates as well as legal aid to villages.

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