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Bharata Natyam – For New Audiences

This coming weekend, Indian dance enthusiast Gaitrie Devi (Devi Bollywood Dance) will be hosting a special guest who will be performing and guiding instructional workshops on Bharata Natyam (South Indian classical dance).


In order to introduce more Buffalonians to Indian dance and culture, instructor Gaitrie Devi continues to host dance sessions, workshops, events, lessons and performances throughout Buffalo. Gaitrie first started teaching Bollywood Dance in Buffalo back in 2013. In a previous BRO article, she described Bollywood Dance as “…a combination of Bhangra (a high energy form of dance originating from Northern India) Garba (which originates from the villages of Gujrat) and Classical dance, the murdras (hand gestures), facial expressions and footwork are key to this particular style (Bharatanatyam and Kathak).”


On Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25, Gaitrie will be hosting a very special guest at the New Ashker’s on Main Street (still under development). Her guest is Mr. Freeman, who will be performing and teaching traditional southern Indian dance, which is the foundation of all dance forms from India – including Bollywood. The two day event series is titled Bharata Natyam for New Audiences.

The program will feature items of the Bharta Natyam repertoire with an interactive dialogue with the audience throughout a whirlwind of stories and rhythm.

“Guests can expect to see a beautiful Indian classical dance performance followed by an answer/question portion for audience members,” says Gaitrie. “Mr. Freeman has been performing this style of dance for audiences for many years around the world – hoping to educate, showcase and give background on this art form. Devi Bollywood Dance is excited to host Mr. Freeman as he returns to Buffalo with his Bharata Natyam – For New Audiences.”

Bharata Natyam Performance – Saturday, Sept 24th, 2016

Time: 6pm-7:30pm | Advance: $15 Door: $20

A question/answer session to follow after performance

Fundamentals of Bharata Natyam – Sunday, Sept 25, 2016

Time: 11am -12:30pm Cost: $20

In this introduction class to Bharata Natyam participants will be introduce to the pada vinyasa (foot positions), basic adavus (basic steps), hastas (hand gestures), walking in various talams (time cycle) and introduction to Abhinaya (story telling).

Bharata Natyam Intensive – Sunday, Sept 25, 2016

Time: 1pm -3:30pm Cost: $30

This class will build on the foundations learned in the Fundamentals of Bharata Natyam. Participants will be taught a short dance routine. (A background in dance is recommended)

Package Deals:

Performance & Fundamentals of Bharata Natyam $33

Performance & Bharata Natyam Intensive $43

Purchase All Three in Advance $60

Bharata Natyam – For New Audiences

Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25, 2016

The NEW Ashkers | 1526 Main Street | Buffalo, New York | Facebook event

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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