Dhirana Movement

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We will overcome. Our moment has arrived.

This Dhirana Movement experiment using the popular “We shall overcome” refrain and setting it to Bharatanatyam movements, came to us somewhat out of the blue or maybe not so much… Thinking about African American history month and the civil rights struggle but also other struggles for liberation around the world including India, where women are…

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Aswathy & N. Srikanth on choreography

Happy New Year to all!  It’s been a while. To start 2014 off with a spark, we wanted to share a Q&A that we recently did with  well-known Bharatanatyam artists and husband and wife team based in India – Aswathy & N.Srikanth.   In telling us more about their recent production – “Amritavarshini – A…

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Performance Ready: Chapter 3!

Here is the third and final Chapter in our three-part “Performance Ready,” series about jewelry, costume and the finishing touches. The purpose of this series was to help dancers and those helping dancers to get ready for a performance. As we have said in various disclaimers, there are different ways of getting ready – this…

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Performance Ready: Chapter 2

Here is Chapter 2 in our three-part series “Performance Ready,” getting ready for a Bharatanatyam performance. This video is a HOW-TO on make-up.  As in the other video, please note, that there are different ways to do make-up, and this is just one example. The following make-up items were used for the video. However, we…

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Performance Ready: Chapter 1

Hi everyone, hope you had a wonderful summer!  It’s been a while! 🙂 For a bit of a change from our normal stuff, this time, we are putting together a three-part HOW-TO series on how to get ready for a Bharatanatyam performance.   We start with a video on how to do the hair. We…

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Poetry Revisited – Without Warning by Sappho

Our latest Poetry Revisited takes Sappho’s poem, “Without Warning,” and attempts to bring another dimension and experience to it by exploring the expressive nature of the Indian dancer’s feet. Here is the text – Without warning as a whirlwind swoops on an oak Love shakes my heart Credits: Dancer – Lakshmi Swaminathan Choreography – Lakshmi…

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Teaching Dance from a Distance

We know that there are quite a few dancers who teach Indian classical dances in the U.S. We have the opportunity to see many of their students perform. Yet we don’t often hear about their experiences and views on teaching ancient dance forms whose roots are across the seas.  We don’t often hear about how…

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Expanding from the Inside-Out & Outside-In

As the Dhirana Movement is about encouraging and highlighting (tasteful, at least to us 🙂 ) experimentation, innovation and the play of different art forms, we thought it would be interesting to hear from two dancers who are doing just that.  But from different sides of the world  – Priyadarshini Ghosh and Chitra Kalyandurg. Priyadarshini Ghosh…

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Poetry Revisited – our first experiment!

Welcome! Below is our first experiment – Poetry Revisited.   Poetry Revisited is the first experiment of the Dhirana Movement. We sought to use the tools of expression available to us in Bharatanatyam (South Indian classical dance form) to bring further depth and life to Rabindranath Tagore’s famous poem, “Flower.”  As in other Indian Classical dance…

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