Nuances of Bharata Natyam explained

Nuances of Bharata Natyam explained

Uma Verma

Christchurch, May 11, 2019

Students of Revathi Performing Arts (Picture from Facebook)

The New Zealand Dance Week (April 27 to May 5, 2019) saw various dance schools and associations organising open houses around Christchurch.

One such was ‘Revathi Cultural Association,’ which conducted an Open-Day  along with ‘Revathi Performing Arts’ at the Halswell Library on April 27, 2019.

Dance formats highlighted

Bharata Natyam demonstration on April 27, 2019 (Picture Supplied)

The event focused on displaying the Facts and Fascinations  of Bharata Natyam,  the origin and the subtlety of the dance form.

Other dance forms such as the Bollywood Dance, Ballet  and Belly Dance were also a part of the event.

Bharata Natyam is one of the finest dance forms of India, dating back to 200 CE.

It is popular among Indian families, which encourage children to learn from an early age.

Revathi Cultural Association has been teaching this dance form for 10 years in Christchurch with the objective of raising awareness among the residents of the City.

The event was attended by about 60 parents and dance enthusiasts.

It started with a prayer song performance followed by a belly dance by ‘Tribal Diva Belly Dance Company,’ Ballet by Suhana and Bollywood Dance by Timila Shetty.

Activities for children 

Enthusiasts learning the basic movements of Bharata Natyam (Picture Supplied)

Fun activities for children were a part of the Programme. They were taught ‘Eyes and Head’ movements,  dance gestures and expressions which are considered the soul of the dance.

The event also included ‘Dress-up’ stalls allowing the attendees and children to wear the traditional dance costume and jewellery.

Revathi Cultural Association is celebrating its Annual day September 21, 2019.

We warmly welcome everyone to be a part of the joyous event.

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