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Bharatanatyum Classical Indian Dance Workshop | January 25th at 6pm

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When: Sunday, January 25th, 2015, 6pm to 8pm
Where: Shaolin Temple Quanfa Institute, 198 Spadina Ave (basement), M5T 2C2
Cost: $5 per person, FREE for STQI Members, students and seniors
Please click here for the online registration form

What is Bharatanatyum?

Bharatanatyum is a classical Indian dance form born in the temples in the South of India over 2500 years ago and has survived, evolved and even thrived through historical and cultural turmoil. The devadasis, temple dancers, would sing and dance in the praise of the residing deities in the temples. As time passed, the dancers travelled from the temples to kings’ courts, where the subject changed from deities to the ruling king and royal family. As India became invaded by foreigners, the dancers were no longer treated with the respect they were once given as devadasis. The name of Bharatanatyum fell from the good graces of society and was close to disappearing as families no longer wanted their daughters to dance at all. After the independence of India there was a huge surge of revival of the ancient arts and modern day Bharatanatyum emerged as a performing art form on stages. Currently, Bharatanatyum is practiced and performed around the globe from community stages to prestigious platforms.

The technique itself was developed from the sculptures around the temples in South India. The entire art form of Bharatamatyum revolves around a unique stance of a demi-plié, a half sitting position. It is danced to Carnatic (classical South Indian) music and has a rich variety of rhythm structures and sequences. There is also a story telling aspect of Bharatanatyum, called Abhinaya, which requires soloists to take on roles of various characters (gods, goddesses, heroes, heroines) to depict mythological stories.

What You Will Experience at this Workshop

Atri will introduce to you this beautiful and complex dance form. It will consist of an introduction to the basic stances and movements along with basic rhythm structures, so you can see for yourself how stimulating and challenging this dance form truly is. Bharatanatyum integrates your physical and mental capacities, bringing about a complete mind-body experience.

Following the workshop, Atri will be presenting a piece called Shanmughapriya Kavutuvam. It is a short piece in praise of the 6 headed god, Muruga. He is known to spear kumkum (red powder) all over his body, the one who destroys demons with his trident and travels on his beautiful peacock. This item brings together both the story telling and the technical aspects of Bharatanatyum.

About Atri Nundy

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The passion for dance was formed at a very young age for Atri Nundy when she started learning Bharatanatyum at Sampradaya Dance Academy under her teacher Lata Pada. After completing her arangetram (graduation) in 2005, she continues to work as a teacher at Sampradaya Dance Academy and is a company dancer and choreographer at Sampradaya Dance Creations. She has toured extensively in India and in the UK and has performed in various prestigious venues across the nation. She has attended a variety of workshops including ones that have been conducted by highly acclaimed artists such as Harikrishna Kalyanasundaram, Priyadarshini Govind, Leela Samson and Mavin Khoo.

While training in Bharatanatyum, Atri was fortunate enough to be able to train in various dance forms, such as rhythmic gymnastics, ballet, jazz and acrobatics during her childhood. This melange of forms has given her the opportunity and the interest to explore beyond the traditional realms of Bharatanatyum. Although she continues to practice traditional repertoire, she has a keen interest in collaborating with other art forms to not only strengthen her own foundations but also to find a different movement vocabulary.

Please click here for the online registration form