Saturday, July 24, 2010

bharatanatyam to bollywood

A good friend asked me to photograph the first performance of Indian classical dance Bharatanatyam, by his daughter and one of her classmates.  Years of training went into this presentation of classical and modern India dance, focusing most of their effort on Bharathanatiyam, which is a form of Indian classical dance that originated in the temples of Tamil Nadu.  It is known widely for its grace, elegance, purity, tenderness, expression and sculpturesque poses.

It was a fantastic performance well received by friends and family of the girls, and I was honored to have been asked to photograph the event.  Intermingled between each of the performances, various folks described the dance and the tradition surrounding the event.  It was a truly special event.

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