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Dances of India - Learning Bharata Natyam

Year: 2003, 60 mins
Code: PC-Danlea

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Padma Chebrolu: Namaste! This is how we greet each other in India. It means "I bow to the God in you." Our culture and art are both ancient and spiritual. Classical dances of India are born in the temples and are the dances of the mind, the soul and the divine. These dance traditions still follow the rules set by Guru Bharata in his Natya Sastra (Science of Dancing) from second century AD. This dance instructional film is created for aspiring dancers who want to learn the basic technique and practice on a regular basis to become magnificent dancers.

This film features interactive menus and chapter marks for easy access to your desired dance step or scene.

Some of the highlights include: 1.Salutation, 2.Basic Positions, 3.Single Hand Gestures, 4.Warm up Exercises, 5.Steps Series One, 6.Head Movements, 7.Eye Movements, 8.Neck Movements, 9.Steps Series Two, 10.Double Hand Gestures, 11.Poses, 12.Costumes & Make Up, 13.Ananda Natanam Dance.

This film teaches traditional Bharata Natyam as performed by hundreds of millions of Indians all over the world. If you are interested in India and its arts, this video is a must for you.

Padma Chebrolu started learning dance at the age of three in India. She attended several gurus and mastered Bharata Natyam, Kuchipudi, Andhra Natyam, Mohini Attam and other classical dance styles. Some of Padma’s gurus include; Dr. Uma Rama Rao, Lakshman Rao and K. V. Chalam. Padma Chebrolu created the "Dances of India" series which includes DVDs, CDs, Calendars, and Books. She is also the founder and executive director of World Cultures TV, which creates TV programs and movies to educate global citizens and to celebrate world cultures. Padma Chebrolu’s background in education includes MBA & M.Ed in Information Technology from US. She also has a degree in Bharata Natyam from India. She works as an IT manager at a major corporation. Padma is the artistic director of Cultural Centre of India. Along with operating a dance studio, she conducts lectures, demonstrations, workshops and performances at many universities, museums, corporations, and performing art schools. Padma extensively writes articles about dance and dance education. She lives with her husband and two children in Cincinnati, OH

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