Bharatanatyam Blog

Sneha Chakradhar’s Indian classical dance blog

Bharatanatyam is an Indian classical dance form rooted in 2000 years of history. It originated in the temples of south India and was nurtured by hereditary communities of artists. It is an interpretative dance style that uses gestures and symbols to narrate stories from ancient Hindu mythology. Bharatanatyam uses intricate footwork and is known for engaging the body in creating straight lines and geometric shapes. It is a coming together of music, rhythm, yoga, biomechanics, philosophy, spirituality, mythology, poetry and literature.

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  • Arangetram, 1st October 2000

    Arangetram, 1st October 2000

    18 years ago on Ganesh Chaturthi, I presented my Arangetram (debut performance)under Kalaimamani Lt. Guru K.N. Dakshinamurthy, and his youngest daughter Veenu Dakshinamurthy. Looking back now, I was so fortunate to receive the blessings of such stalwarts, who lovingly came to grace the occasion. Former President of India Lt. Shri R. Venkataraman, eminent poet and […]

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  • Uttaradhikar Festival by Raza Foundation

    Uttaradhikar Festival by Raza Foundation

    My last solo performance before the pandemic was indeed special. Raza Foundation invited my guru, Smt. Geeta Chandran to select a disciple to present her style and vision of Bharatanatyam. I was the chosen one and was given this wonderful opportunity to perform at the ‘Uttaradhikar’ festival on November 30, 2019, at the India International […]

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  • 28th Raindrops Festival of Indian Classical Dance

    28th Raindrops Festival of Indian Classical Dance

    It was an absolutely delightful experience to be a part of the Raindrops Festival this year, curated with a lot of love and passion by veteran Kathak dancer Smt. Uma Dogra and her Samved Society for Performing Arts.  I was invited to perform on the opening day of this two day festival held on the […]

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  • Parichay


    A hot Sunday morning spent in the cool basement studio of Kathak dancer Swati Sinha in Gurugram, inviting a group of curious minds into the world of Bharatanatyam. In an attempt to make the classical arts more accessible to people with a stressful, urban lifestyle, Swati has begun this series titled ‘Parichay’, where she invites […]

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