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.
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)
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