While we sit and admire a dancer move, there are so many things that cross our minds. Her stamina, flexibility, strength, agility and of course her beauty. As dancers we can peek below the surface and imagine how many strenuous hours of training has gone into executing a perfect performance. But is just practice enough to build a … More What’s on your plate?
Makeup and prep for stage is a long and precise process. It takes hours to build on the layers of makeup that will brighten your face and keep it that way throughout a very demanding stage performance. The top layer of stage makeup usually melts away with the focus of harsh lights on the dancer’s … More Skin, Makeup & Glow
Dance is a blessing to us in more ways than I can list. The one I appreciate the most is that dance gives us a better understanding of ourselves. Every body is different. The one and only way to keep yourself fit is to understand how much of what your body needs. Keeping ourselves fit is about … More Are you Dancer Fit ?
Odissi is a sensual, lyrical and exceptionally graceful dance. Every aspect of odissi focuses on bringing out the intricacies of movement in dance. The costume, jewellery and makeup for odissi also reflect the same subtle nuances of the dance form. The Saree worn by Odissi dancers are characterised by features of traditional prints of … More The Glorious Odissi Sari
In an attempt to find an odissi summer workshop I googled Odissi+Bangalore and what popped up was a video of the world’s 1st odissi flashmob! Conceptualized and executed by Ashwin Raghupathy, bunch of beautiful dancers break into a pallavi performance in the middle of Bangalore’s plush UB city courtyard. Absolutely fascinated and extremely jealous of … More Celebrating Artists – Ashwini Raghupathy
The greatness of a story lies in how many times it can be retold. How many versions of the story can be made without ruining its essence. Romeo & Juliet, Cinderella, Lion King, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Each of these stories have been the subject of books, plays, movies, animated movies and musicals. It takes … More Celebrating Artists – Nirupama & Rajendra
Belly dance is a celebrated classical dance form that has found its space all around the world. Popularly considered as a sensual dance form, Meher Malik has paved a way for belly dance to be viewed very differently in the indian society. Today, she is a successful entrepreneur running her dance school in Delhi. She … More Celebrating Artists – Meher Malik
Odissi is a visual art form creating dynamic visuals on stage with the help of costume, make-up and jewellery; this is exactly where ‘Aharaya Abhinaya’ steps in. Odissi dance is complemented by intricate filigree silver jewelry pieces. Filigree, in French, means “thin wire,” and in Oriya it is called Tarchasi. This highly skilled art form … More Odissi Jewelery
Namaskariya Shlokaआंगिकम भुवनम यस्य वाचिकं सर्व वाङ्ग्मयम आहार्यं चन्द्र ताराधि तं नुमः (वन्दे) सात्विकं शिवम् Translation Your body is the movement of the world Your words resonate through the entire universe The Moon and the stars are your ornaments I salute you Shiva, the embodiment of truth The Namaskaria Shloka helps us better understand the … More Dance Shlokas
I have spoken of Colleena Shakti and her work so many times. There is so much about her that is amazing and inspiring that her story gets richer as we share it with one another. Her life is like a dream that all us dancers envision but only a few, just a few, manage to … More Celebrating Artists – Colleena Shakti