Date(s) - 11/14/2015
Investment: $30 or $42 (includes the Bharata Natyam Performance)
Enjoyed the performance? Come experience a class with Jaan R. Freeman (Disciple of Smt. Nandini Ramani and Smt. Priyamvada Sankar) Senior disciples of T. Balasaraswati
In the workshop participants will learn some of the fundamentals of the dance form. Some of the basic steps will be introduce along with some of the hastas (hand gestures). Students will also be introduce to Abhinaya, the art of storytelling.
Bharata Natyam: Is the most popular of the classical dances of India. It was born in the inner most sanctum of the Hindu temples as part of the rituals and offerings to the deity of the temple. The art is indigenous to southern India; it is traditionally performed by a solo dancer. The art has two aspects the first is the pure rhythmic abstract dance which incorporates complex foot work and decorative hand gestures performed to spoken rhythmic syllables. The second is the expressive storytelling called Abhinaya, which uses hand gesture, facial expression, mime and body positions to create the mood and convey the idea set forth in the sung text.