About The Idea of God

Through traditions dated thousands of years back, BCE, we have a set of thought processes on the concept of God which are not so clear cut as the definitions we have today. Apoorva goes back to the Rg Veda, a text that deals with the origins of the universe, to ask questions to herself - and the audience - of the various ways we can interpret, question, and understand the connectedness and surrender many of us find in the universe around us.

The solo full length Bharatanatyam recital will explore the idea of God in Indian philosophy and thought through the exploration of texts and narratives previously unseen through the medium of Bharatanatyam. From Vedas and Sangam texts, all the way down to revolutionary and modern writing of the 21st century. This visual journey probes the Indian understanding of God Through the centuries.


Dr. Apoorva Jayaraman is a Bharatanatyam artiste based in Chennai with a multidimensional interest in the classical arts. Apart from being a noted performer,steadily carving her own niche in the world of Bharatanatyam, she is invested in the wider canvas of art as a professional practice and an academic discipline.

She is a Junior Fellow of the Ministry of Culture (GoI) researching The Role of Art in Knowledge Advancement. She has conceived and curated noteworthy dance-related conferences called Navadhisha - New Voices in Dance (@navadhisha), and fosters an active interest in Arts Policy in India. She has recently also edited and published a book called “Why do we dance?” with contributions from many young thinkers and artists in the field. She is the co-founder of RootEd Foundation (@therootedfoundation) that is working in the areas of audience development and dance awareness. Her most recent venture is The Study Room, an alternate arts education space, endeavouring to bring the principles of traditional arts education into the virtual classroom and a modern
mind space.

She holds a PhD in Astronomy from the University of Cambridge and a Masters degree in Physics from University of Oxford.