I dance Bharathanatyam. Bharathanatyam is one of the most popular and well-established classical dance forms of India. Highly stylized dance movements, mime, melodic music, vigorous rhythm, colorful costume and jewelry have made it a unique style of its own. Story telling and/or translating the meaning and sentiment through dance is the primary objective; the entire body is used towards achieving this objective. The three syllables “Bha ra ta” represent the three quintessential aspects of Bhava (expression), Raga (melody) and Tala (rhythm) of the dance form. I have been learning since age 7 and I have performed in Cleveland, Cincinnati, and Chicago.
I also dance a folk dance called Karagattam. Karagattam is a unique south Indian folk dance with musical accompaniment, performed balancing a pot ‘Karagam’ on the head. Traditionally, this dance was performed by the villagers in praise of the rain goddess.
I also dance/choreograph Bollywood (Indian movie and pop songs). I have performed at the Asian Student Welcome, Holi, Diwali, Taste of India, and Garba programs at UC.