Rachna Nivas has given lecture demonstrations, master classes, and arts education performances across the U.S. and India at K-12 schools, universities, and multi-disciplinary conferences. Some highlights include UC Berkeley, Yale University, International Kriya Yoga Congress, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, Discovery Museum, International Women’s Forum, Branhma Kumaris World Spiritual Organization, Young Audiences of Northern California, Kohler Arts Center in Wisconsin, and Montalvo Arts Center in Saratoga, California.
Tailored to suit the needs of the particular audience and age group, demonstrations include a live performance, video presentation, and discussion. Topics covered can include an introduction and demonstration of:
- The complex rhythmical mathematics inherent in classical Indian music and dance (audience-interactive)
- Philosophical concepts integral to Hindu philosophy and the dance form such as Aum, Ardhanariswara (the synthesis of masculine and feminine energies), Shunya (nothing), etc.
- Story-telling and poetry based on Hindu mythology and India’s great epics
- Pandit Chitresh Das’ innovation, Kathak Yoga, a mind-body practice that integrates rhythmical compositions, recitation of the rhythmic cycle, organic math, singing, instrumentation, and breath control to achieve a higher state of consciousness
- Rich exchange between the Hindu Bhakti movement and Islamic Sufism during medieval times of India
- Foundational concepts of Kathak including Tayari (speed and prowess), Layakari (the ability to play with rhythm),, Khoobsurati (beauty), Nazakat (grace and subtley), Abhinaya (mime and expression) and Nava Rasa (the nine sentiments)