Workshop on South Indian Dance I ─ Bharatnatyam
Introduction of Bharatnatyam
Bharatnatyam is a classical dance style from Tamil Nadu, South India. It is believed to have originated around the 2nd century B.C as a devotional art performed in the ancient temples of India, today this art form has moved to the stage and contributed vastly in popularizing Indian culture around the world.
The main features of this dance form are its execution of intricate rhythmic patterns in foot movements, its variety of hand gestures and associated meanings, sculpturesque poses and its expressive eye movements.The course will introduce students to the warming up and strengthening exercises; basic steps of this dance form; using hand gestures and eye, neck and shoulder movements and it will take you back in time to experience the beauty of ancient India.
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.