Dhirana Movement

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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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An Artist’s Learning Journey through Cultures, Identities and Audience Engagement

written by Aswathy V. Nair, dancer, choreographer, Co-Director of Nrityalaya School of Classical Dance and Music  When the Dhirana Movement team approached me with a request to elaborate on my experiences during my performance tour of the U.S earlier this year, I was a bit apprehensive as to whether it is too late to bring…

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Elevating Indian Classical Dance in the U.S. – a Q&A with Anuradha Nehru

In our latest Q&A series, we spoke with Ms. Anuradha Nehru, a highly-accomplished U.S. based Kuchipudi dancer, choreographer and educator, and the founder and director of Kalanidhi Dance.  Kalanidhi Dance is an organization committed to elevating Indian Classical Dance in the U.S. though training and presenting high quality dance productions. We spoke with Ms. Nehru recently…

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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 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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