When the Gods Dance : Bharatanatyam, Part 9 and 10 (DVD Only)

Edited by Lata and Gita, Krishnaswamy Associates, 2008, $40.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

When the Gods Dance : Bharatanatyam, Part 9 and 10 (DVD Only)/edited by Lata and Gita

"Part 9: The dance of Shiva is a favourite theme for all dancers, be it any classical style and so it is to this young couple Sandhya and Kiran from Bangalore, who have learnt the art of Bharatanatyam from Smt. Padmini Ravi and from Shri Dhananjeyan. The next is a very novel number yet within the parameters of the classical art. 10 Dancers of Nrityalaya Aesthetics Society, Singapore, perform 10 Ravanas depicting the 10 heads of Ravana who is on his way to abducting Sita. This number is choreographed by Shri Bhaskar and Smt Shanta Bhaskar, founders of the well established Nrityalaya Aesthetics Society in Singapore. The third item is Thaye Yashoda, an all time favourite number describing the various pranks of Krishna performed by Smt Radha, a veteran in the field who started learning Bharatanatyam from Guru Ramaiya Pillai. Yes, the same Radha, one of the popular trio sisters of yesteryears--Kamala, Radha and Saraswathi.

Part 10: This episode takes a peep into the classrooms of one of the popular Bharatanatyam schools in Chennai--Chidambaram Academy of Fine Arts run by the renowned Smt. Chitra Vishveshwaran. Her students then perform to Chitra's choreography "Ramar Taalattu" which narrates the highlights of Ramayana to young children. Next comes "Nartanam Seiyene" by the popular dancing couple, Narasimhacharis and their students at Kalasamarpana. The dancing duo who inspire their students to always treat dance as a way of worship, have choreographed and tutored their students to perform to "Nartanam Seiyene" with Bhakti and devotion, indeed evoking a sense of surrender in the viewer."

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