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Dancing the Dance (post Arangetram/college edition)

Many dancers and students out there dream of dancing through life, both figuratively and quite literally. I mean, who wouldn’t?! For some of us this dream is realized but for many more of us, the various demands on our time and resources make it challenging to sustain dance as their sole career or focal point,…

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Stigmas & Sexuality – Valli Uses Poetry and Dance to Challenge Norms

Featured image credit: Center for the Arts, Wesleyan University and Sandy Aldieri of Perceptions Photography A winter storm in the Washington D.C. area does seem like a good time to reflect and think deeply. On that note… Here are two separate excerpts from an academic essay written by Medha Swaminathan (author info below) about a recent performance…

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Ascending the Stage: Students in America Speak on Arangetram

Hope all of you have been having a wonderful summer. Below is our second interview with a student from the U.S. as they prepare for their Arangetram. Preethi Ramamurthy, a student of the Srishti School of Dance and Smt. Vani Ramesh will actually be having her Arangetram in India.  Preethi offers some special insights into…

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Falling In Love with Indian Dance & It’s Evolution with Indira Kadambi – Part 2 of 2

Here’s the long awaited PART 2 of our Q&A with Indira Kadambi, a brilliant and delightful Bharatanatyam artist, choreographer and educator.   She was recently back in the Washington, D.C. area working with the Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Company.  So the perfect time to once again highlight an expert in the field and a wonderful spirit!…

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Ascending the Stage: Students in America Speak on Arangetram

Its not too difficult to find wonderful articles, interviews, videos, etc. on the many renowned and highly accomplished Indian Classical dancers and teachers out there in cyberspace now.  We are lucky to have access to the wisdom and insights of such stalwarts in the field, and we are grateful that they are willing to share their…

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Every Dancer is Different – A Q&A with choreographer, performer, Viji Rao

Tighten your core to sustain a pose.  Give attention to your body and though adavus must be done correctly, its possible to adjust your movements in subtle ways to suit your unique form.  These are just a few examples of helpful insights that I (Malini) remember from my training during my time in Philadelphia, PA…

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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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