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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  • 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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  • ‘Ashta Nayika’ for World Dance Day 2018

    ‘Ashta Nayika’ for World Dance Day 2018

    To celebrate World Dance Day, Jawahar Kala Kendra in Jaipur organised an evening of Indian classical dance on April 29, 2018, inviting three dancers representing the Kathak, Odissi and Bharatanatyam styles of dance to conceptualise an evening showcasing the various nayikas or heroines based on Natyashastra. Rashmi Uppal, Lipsa Sathpaty and I presented traditional compositions…

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  • Khajuraho Nritya Samaroh 2018

    Khajuraho Nritya Samaroh 2018

    Khajuraho, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Madhya Pradesh, known for its 1000 year old temple monuments is a host to one of the oldest and most prestigious classical dance festivals in India. The week-long Khajuraho Nritya Samaroh features young and senior artists presenting solo works, as well as group choreographies. I had the honour…

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