I've been studying Bharatanatyam for about two years now and I'm still not clear on a lot of things. This weekend I am attending my first arangetram and just learned that I need to bring a gift! I don't mind bringing a gift, but what does one give for such an occasion?
This is a coworker's daughter who just completed her first year of university. I unfortunately don't know her well enough to know what she likes. I hate to go to my coworker just days before the recital and ask what her daughter might like.
She's got an Amazon wish list, but the only thing on it is a laptop placed there in 2004.
I'm also not clear on what I should wear. I have a few semi-casual salwar kameez, but I don't know how formal or informal to go.
Any insight would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance!
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This world might be coming to an end by 2012. Its survival depends on us. We have to do a tapas. Tapas consists of eliminating all death of hunger among humans, starvation among young and otherwise disadvataged humans and death of hunger among cats and dogs, including homeless ones. This tapas has to be successful within certain number of months from now.
I want everyone who worships any Hindu God to donate once off $150 to a World Hunger cause through any ethical charity or website, and also $150 on behalf of every minor child and every unemployed person. If you live outside of USA, donate 150 of your local currency. I want everyone to donate at least $40 to World Hunger every 3 months.
Make this first priority and tell your family about it.
I have my very first pair of Ghungroos and my costume!
There wasn't any pomp or circumstance shown when she handed them to me-she just saw how excited I was to get my whole costume and smiled lol.
I'm not even sure if I should be trying them on right now! But I can't help myself.
They are very light, beginners ones of course. But my boyfriend gave me a pair of his ankle weights and I'm going to start training with them to build up muscle so when I'm not wearing them kicking and so on will be a breeze.
I put them on yesterday to see how they felt with my whole costume (which I just got yesterday) and felt so heavy cause I was not used to them at all! But after wearing the ankle weights today for a bit (and dancing in them for a bit) when I put these back on to try and see if I felt a difference. These feel light as air!
Anyone else ever train with weights? Anyone been lucky enough to own/wear/dance with a pair of professional ones with more than 50 bells? How do they feel?
Also, anyone (specially in the styles of dance where you do not practice with your Ghungroos) do you find it difficult to dance with your bells for peformance because your not used to the weight? How many of your guys teachers actually have you dance WITH them before peforming?
Hi! I'm new to the comm, I just discovered it last week. This is a fantastic place to discuss each person's passion for dancing :D
I've been searching everywhere for this song, 'Nee Intha Mayam' sung by Papanasam Sivan. It's a Varnam about Krishna. Does anyone know where I may find it? I live in Australia and I'm having some crappy luck locating it.
I have a really pretty red sari with an amazing white speckled pattern on it. Its got gold trimming on it and it is bedazzled with some pretty jewels. Its honestly a little too dressy of a sari for every day wear (more suited for a formal party it looks to me) and so there is really no sense in me keeping it any longer.
It comes with the matching blouse and petticoat.
Im looking to sell it for pretty cheap. Like $75? Which is a hell of a lot cheaper than I bought it for.
I`m looking for photos of mudras used in Bharatanatyam. As i can rememeber one very suitable link was given in Devadasis community http://www.pir.net/~beth/Dance/mudras.html But now, unfortunately, it is not available :( It was very helpful link where were photos of all (!) mudras...
Could you tell me something about this link? Or maybe you know the other links where photos of mudras are accessible? I would be really very happy if you could help me :)
I think this will be my next favorite movie since Marie Antoinette. I've been waiting anxiously for a movie like this for a long time. I haven't seen it, and I probably won't, seeing how it doesn't appeal to the masses who prefer Bollywood crappola.
"Set in rural South India, a place where social barriers are built stronger than fort walls, VANAJA explores the chasm that divides classes as a young girl struggles to come of age.
Vanaja (Mamatha Bhukya) is the 14 year-old daughter of a poor, low caste fisherman, struggling with dwindling catches and mounting debt. When a sooth-sayer predicts that she will be a great dancer one day, she goes to work in the house of the local landlady, Rama Devi (Urmila Dammannagari), in hopes of learning Kuchipudi dance while earning a keep.
She is hired as a farmhand, and her vivacious ways and spunk soon catch the landlady’s eye: when she is entrusted with tending the chicken, she’s caught, instead, chasing them into a general pandemonium, and lying unabashedly to conceal her pranks. To keep her out of trouble, Rama Devi promotes her to a kitchen underhand, where she comes up against the old, crusty and extremely loyal Radhamma (Krishnamma Gundimalla) – Rama Devi’s cook.
It isn’t long before Vanaja gets herself invited to play a game of ashta chamma against Rama Devi. Seeing that losing isn’t the mistress’s forte, Vanaja deliberately gives up her game – a fact that doesn’t go unnoticed - and which eventually secures her the landlady’s mentorship – first in music, and then in dance. Vanaja excels at the art, and seems to be on a steadily ascending path when Shekhar (Karan Singh), Rama Devi’s 23 year old son – handsome, muscular and rather insecure, returns from the US to run for local political elections.
Sexual chemistry is ignited between Shekhar and Vanaja (still a minor at 15), as flirtation and innuendo bloom. But, the situation suddenly turns ugly when Vanaja’s superior intellect pits her against Shekhar in a public incident which ultimately humiliates him in front of his mother. Matters escalate, spiraling downwards and she is pitched into a tale of class, family and animus from which there is only one escape."
I think the movie would break so many barriers concerning the social and artistic boundaries which still remain in India. It's frowned upon if a lower caste person practices Indian Classical dance which is pretty much dominated by the Brahmin (upper castes) for a long time. Which is ironic since Classical Dance used to belong to the Devadasis (non-Brahmins) up until the early 1900s when Brahmins decided to popularize in a more chaste form. The movie has a very strong female personality, which is uncommon, especially in rural India. To fall in love with a man who is significantly older (compared to modern/western standards) and to try to seek revenge after he rapes her.
What is most apparent behind the political/social commentary is the passion for Indian Classical Arts. Three art forms are glorified in this film, Carnatic music, Kuchipudi dance, and the Burra Katha folk narrative form.
Haha. The only thing I would change would be this to be in Tamil and about Bharatanatyam, only because I'm so biased. But I'm can't wait to see this movie, even though I'm not quite fond of Kuchipudi.
Here is a video of me from Friday night, performing a fusion of Odissi and Kathak to Tagore's "Esho Shyamolo Shundoro" at the University of Toronto BSA2007 show. [I'm the Odissi dancer while my friend is the one doing the amazing Kathak moves]. Hope you enjoy it, and please leave feedback!
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