Introductory Talk on South Indian Dance ─ Bharatnatyam
Introduction of Bharatnatyam
Bharatnatyam is considered to be one of the oldest dance forms in the world. It originated around 2 century B.C in the temples of South India. Bharatnatyam technique comprises three main parts – music, drama and dance and still remains uniquely traditional till present day. The dancer maintains intricate rhythm by her feet movements, shows the meaning of the story by her hand gestures and face expressions and follows the melody of the music by graceful body movements.
About Ms Oxana Banshikova
Oxana is a Bharatnatyam performer, teacher and choreographer from Kazakhstan. She is a scholarship recipient from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and was awarded a Diploma in Bharatnatyam Classical Dance from the world famous Kalakshetra College of Fine Arts (Chennai, India) after completing a four-year course. She has also received a diploma in Nattuvangam (rhythmic dance accompaniment) from Kalapeetam Music School (Chennai, India).
Oxana has performed and taught this dance form in India, Kazakhstan, and Armenia and has been promoting Indian Classical and Fusion Dance in Hong Kong for the past eight years through teaching Bharatanatyam to local and foreign students. She is the artistic director and creator of the Cosmic Dance Company, and is working towards increasing awareness of this beautiful dance form by staging and choreographing Indian dances, conducting workshops and collaborating with other artists.
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