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Sacred Indian dance performance heralds the coming of age of young dancers
culture and I still learning.Megha said studying the Bharathnatyam is a nice addition to the regular visits she and her family pay to India. The dance reinforces cultural lessons and more.there is a good way to experience my culture but doing the dance also helps me learn about my religion, she said.Bharathnatyam Prada Handbag Canvas is rooted in the Hindu faith and many of the dances are named after and pay homage to Hindu gods.
View full sizeJOHN C. WHITEHEAD, The Patriot NewsMallika Kodavatiganti 13, of Hershey Middle School performs her Bharathnatyam Arangetram at the Hershey Area Playhouse Saturday, August, 20, 2011.The dancer begins to train while a toddler.Over the years, she devotes countless hours to pre dawn practices and grueling after school sessions. Gradually, she masters intricate foot steps, hand gestures, neck movements and symbolic eye glances. She studies technique, tradition, etiquette.The dancer becomes a faithful disciple of her teacher, whom she treats with respect and reverence.By the time she is a teenager, the danseuse now a confident, disciplined young woman is ready to debut on stage.Bharathnatyam is the dance; arangetram the debut performance.What started as a form of worship in India thousands of years ago survives today as a thriving cultural art form that heralds the coming of age of a young dancer.This sacred Indian dance is part rite of passage not unlike a Bat Mitzvah or Golden Rolex Watch
a Quincenera, Latin America equivalent to the Sweet 16 and part auspicious beginning, the young student having blossomed into an accomplished dancer.For Indian families, the arangetram is a major event in a daughter life, and they spare no expense in the planning of the occasion. The most elaborate arangetrams rival weddings with stylish invitations, expensive wardrobe and jewelry, hundreds of guests, catered meals, gifts and plum venues that are booked, in some cases, years in advance.is just the beginning, said Mallika Kodavatiganti, 13, who performed her arangetram two weeks ago at the Hershey Area Playhouse. gets harder. Even though I done years of training, this show is the starting point. Over the years, she has juggled school obligations and extra curricular activities with long practice sessions.is difficult, said Mallika, an eighth grader at Hershey Middle School. I didn have time to practice.Arangetram literally means the stage and for many girls marks the first time they perform before a live audience.Dancers perform solo on the stage for up to three and a half hours. Each dance is between 10 and 25 minutes long and calls for a dress change. Musical accompaniment is provided by a vocalist (often the teacher) and an ensemble that includes traditional Indian instruments such as the Mridangam, a percussion instrument, ghatkam, an earthen pot and Morsing, a wind percussion instrument.The rhythmic foot steps, facial expressions and hand gestures of the Bharathnatyam represent spiritual awakening and longing for enlightenment.Literally, the dance form encompasses hundreds of different steps and movements some of them as slight and subtle as the shift of the eyes.were some mess ups but you try not to make them noticeable, said Mallika, who took a plenty of breaks during her dances to compose her nerves. was a little nervous.Its beauty and grace aside, Bharathnatyam provides a critical cultural link.was Guess Backpack
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