The Community is invited to a free showcase of Bharatanatyam – an East Indian classical dance form at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22 at the New Beginnings Fellowship Church.
The performance is expected to last about an hour Bharatanatyam is a classical dance form considered to be almost 2000 years old. The dancers in traditional costumes and jewellery communicate the story through facial expressions, neck and eye movements, interpretive hand gestures and intricate footwork set to music and a specific set of rhythmic beats. The stories are often drawn from mythological texts and ancient scriptures.
It is known for its sculpturesque poses featured on many historical structures of Southern India Kavita Nandakishore, a virtuoso dancer has been teaching the dance form at the Los Alamos YMCA since 2007. She has been dancing since the age of 10 and professionally for the last 18 years, having trained in India. She has been a sought after choreographer for various dance festivals around the state. The group will also be performing at the Dances of India showcase of “Ali Baba and the 4 thieves” May 5 at the Duane Smith Auditorium.
This is the 3rd year the dancers will be performing the recital to the public.
Not pictured, but also performing are Arshia Narayanan and Arin Dineen Guest performances will be by the Los Alamos YMCA Kathak troupe taught by Alina Deshpande at the YMCA. Kathak is another ancient dance with roots originating from “Katha” or story. The dance portrays stories through hand gestures and quick foot movements Guest vocalists Nishta Mukundan, 10, and Aditya Viswanathan, 10, students of Harsha Nagarajan also will be performing the South Indian music style.
For additional details regarding the show and the class, contact the The Family YMCA at 1450 Iris Street, 505.662.3100.