We were recently asked to provide some coverage of a couple of traditional classic Indian (Tamil) dance recitals. Bharatanatyam Arangetram, as it is known, is a graduation performance. With each performance, the dancers danced for about 3 hours to the applauds of the appreciated audience.
We were treated to an array of speculator colours and rhythmic classical Indian music. The dancers floated gracefully across the stage, periodically stopped for graceful poses.
Bharatanatyam is a traditional dance-form known for its grace, purity, tenderness, and sculpturesque poses. Today, it is one of the most popular and widely performed dance styles and is practiced by many dancers all over the world. The Arangetram is the graduation performance that the dancers must perform to the public to obtain formal approval from the audience. It is a test for the student(Sishya) as well as the teacher (Guru), as the Guru’s knowledge and the Sishya’s talent are judged publicly by the audience. The Arangetram is only performed when the Guru feels that the Sishya is capable and skilled enough to perform. A student would have gone through at least 10 to 12 years of training before such refined skills are obtained.
A few students from The Temple of Fine Arts in Perth presented their Arangetram performances at the John Curtin College of the Arts and we were there to capture their performances.