Dance Performance

Imagine a dance form that is meditative and spiritual, yet fun-filled and entertaining !

 

Think of a dance form that moves every part, every joint and muscle of the face and body in an aesthetic and structured manner !

 

Visualize a dance form that not only teaches Indian values, but also Math and physics with high focus-building techniques !

 

All these and much more beyond your imagination is the dance form called Bharata-naatyam Practiced for thousands of years in India… A lot of wisdom has gone into its creation…

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What is Bharata-Naatyam?

It is a unique dance form that most have never seen before.

With exotic costumes, jewelry and finger painting, it is a visual treat.

 

It is one of the 7 classical dance forms

To be learned from a Guru for some years.

 

Its beauty is in its symmetry, geometry, dynamism and rhythm

using all parts of the body to express emotions and stories

 

It encourages people to see a world of joy and beauty

A world filled with peace and harmony.

 

It enables viewers to look inwards

connecting to their own true selves

 

It is a manifestation of the celebration of the “eternal universe”

Through the celebration of the beauty of the body, mind and spirit.

 

It represents the eternal longing of the individual soul

To unite with the Supreme Soul

 

Representing the very dance of the cosmos

It is more than just a visual treat

 

It is educational and holistic,

and a fun way to play with speed, rhythm and music

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What are the benefits of doing even a few steps of Bharata-Naatyam?

  • This dance form is elevating and fun, bringing joy and peace

  •  It improves physical and mental health

  • It develops focus, coordination, balance and fine motor skills

  •  It helps in easily understanding concepts in math, science, music, history and English

  • It makes the culture of India come alive, showcasing her diversity and values

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What to Expect when Shanthi performs?

Shanthi starts with a short presentation on India, describing the diversity and culture using a Map of India.

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Then she gives a short introduction to the dance forms of India showing pictures

 

 Explaining Dance forms

Then, Shanthi performs some Bharatanatyam items, explaining each song and its meaning. The items give a sampling of the many aspects – Complex foot work, Various emotions, Role play and Drama.

 

 Mother's compassion to daughter

She gives 1 minute samples of other classical dance forms of India. She also does a 30 second costume change to show a folk dance which is very different from the classical dances.

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