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Indian Dance
“Bharata Natyam is an expression of self. Anyone can watch and appreciate and you don’t have to be Indian to do so.” -Sahasra Sambamoorthi Sahasra has been studying Bharata Natyam since the age of nine. After graduating from Columbia’s SEAS
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Bharata Natyam is one of the Classical Indian dance forms (others include Kathakali and Mohiniatam from Kerala, Odissi from Orissa, Manipuri from Manipur, Kathak from Uttar Pradesh, Kuchipudi from Andra Pradesh) originating in the southern state Tamil Nadu. Although Bharata Natyam
Indian Dance
Bharata Natyam finds its origins in Hindu mythology. As the story goes, Brahma took aspects of from each of the four Vedas, and created the fifth Veda, called the Natya Veda. He taught this Veda to the sage Bharata Muni, who
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During my time living abroad in Madurai, India, in 2006, I interviewed eleven Bharata Natyam teachers (or gurus) on the topic of religious and sociopolitical influences on the dance form. The end result being a first attempt at writing ethnography, what