Media as Mediator: Intertextual Narrative in Digital and Performative Presentation
“Media as Mediator” tells a tale in two mediums: classical South Indian and Western dance in the seven-dance suite, Liquid Gems, and the fiction Tamil film, Pancha Ratna Media as Mediator was an intervisual presentation that explored sacred characters in a contemporary story in two- and three-dimensions. Intervisuality compares and interprets visual images in a cultural context. This concept enhanced contemporary approaches to classical Hindu myths in Liquid Gems and Pancha Ratna. Media sources brought classical Bharatanatyam dance and Bollywood-style songs into conversation with Western dance forms in the dance suite, Liquid Gems, and the Tamil fiction film, Pancha Ratna. The story focuses on women’s issues in diverse marriage arrangements, dowry and murder/suicide. Contemporary media reports influenced the way in which sacred archetypes inform their modern counterparts in the narrowcast narrative.
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