Our Third Art Connect Session:
May 2015, Bellevue Washington
In the month of May 2015, the third Art Connect session was conducted at the Telegu Bharati Language School in Bellevue, Washington. The session was led by the dancers Meera and Savitha Srinivasan, who have studied at Arpan. The aim was to promote a greater appreciation of the ancient classical Indian dance form, Bharatanatyam. Meera began the session by discussing the two main aspects of Bharatanatyam: nritta (technique) and abhinaya (expression). She first focused on nritta, and discussed the different rhythmic cycles found in Bharatanatyam. Savitha then performed Tishra Alarippu, a pure nritta piece set to a rhythmic cycle of three.
After this demonstration of nritta, Meera discussed abhinaya (the expressional aspect of Bharatanatyam). Savitha then performed an expressional piece about the Hindu god valor of war and Muruga. It was engaging and Meera felt "that the audience truly had a greater understanding of Bharatanatyam and its significance after the presentation."