A family-friendly event, we are pleased to offer you an afternoon performance of Bharatanatyam, an art form used to tell stories through classical dance in India. Dr. Sudha Raj will direct her students as they tell stories and end the program by asking you to try out Bharatanatyam in an interactive way and learn how you can tell your own stories through dance!

Bharatanatyam is an ancient form of Indian Classical Dance. It derives its name from Bharata Muni, the author of “Natya Shastra” (treatise on dance), written between the 2nd Century BC and 2nd Century AD. The name “Bharatanatyam” signifies three basic concepts: “Bhava” (expression), “Raga” (a musical note), and “Tala” (rhythmic beat). It is a blend of “Nritta” (the rhythmic movement of the body without any expression of emotion), “Nritya” (the combination of rhythm with expression through the eyes, hands, and facial movements), and “Natya” (the dramatic element). All dances are structured around the “Nava Rasas” (the nine common emotions of happiness, anger, disgust, fear, sorrow, courage, compassion, wonder, and serenity). The dance is accompanied by South Indian Carnatic music.