Holistic healing through South Indian Classical Dance
Bharatanatyam and Autism
Dancing away from Demntia through Bharatanatyam
Community outreach Workshops
Project for Special Schools across the West Midlands, in partnership with Autism West Midlands
COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROJECTS
Holistic healing through Indian Classical Music and Dance
Transforming lives of children, young adults, socially inclusive women and older people by creating an opportunity to experience Indian Classical Dance and Music.
(LEFT) Hand gestures (mudras) that were taught in a recent dance South Indian Classical Dance (Bharatanatyam) workshop
(RIGHT) A visual of one of the dance moves – part of the dance that was taught that day.
The importance of ‘Margam’ in Bharatanatyam
The workshop entail learning the relevance of Carnatic Music with the Hindu festivals like Maha Shivaratri.
Maha Shivaratri is a Hindu festival celebrated every year in reverence of Lord Shiva- the Lord of the Cosmic Dance’. As per the Hindu tradition, there are 12 Shivaratris amongst which, the Maha Shivaratri is considered to be the most important revered one. People pay their reverence to Lord Shiva through traditional Music and Dance. They stay awake all through the night (Akhanda Nama Sankeerthanam) chanting hymns and singing praises of Lord Shiva.
FEEDBACK FROM A WORKSHOP IN A SPECIAL SCHOOL
“I learnt about different people’s culture. I loved the Indian dancing. It was fantastic. She was a very nice lady. We had to move our hands like that and stretch up. The music was good, different.”
“L appeared to enjoy the different sounds if Indian dance music. She appeared to enjoy being in a different environment and exposed to vibrant colours and different music.”
“Each week J looked forward to the Indian dancing sessions. He would watch carefully and try hard to copy. He said ‘it was fantastic!'”
Community Workshops – Participant comment
“I have really enjoyed the sessions of classical Indian dance. I found it encouraging and therapeutic. It was relaxing and it was good to learn new techniques of dance and gestures and what they signify.”