Dhirana Movement

innovating, expanding, evolving…

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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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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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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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