NAVARASA - A Bharatanatyam presentation on the nine expressions

Choreography: Meenakshi Ganesan

Summary: A brief introduction to the Indian Classical dance form called Bharatanatyam will be given, followed by several traditional Bharatanatyam dance performances on the theme of Navarasa. Nava means "Nine" and Rasa is often translated as "mood", "emotion", "expression" or "sentiment". The Navarasa, in the scriptures refer to the nine expressions that humans often show. These are love (shringaara), laughter (haasya), kind-heartedness or compassion (karuna), anger (roudra), courage (veera), fear (bhayaanaka), disgust (bheebhatsya), wonder or surprise (adbhutha) and peace or tranquility (shaantha). The presentation will conclude with a traditional concert-ending Bharatanatyam Mangalam.

Performers: Meenakshi Ganesan and the students of the Kalaanjali School of Dance & Music.

Produced by the Kalaanjali School of Dance & Music at the Middleton Library

Performances: November 7, 2004, 3pm to 4pm

Cost: Free! For more information, call 608-270-4290

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