Sunday, December 30, 2007
Classical Dance and Ancient Art
Yesterday we were invited to Bharatha Kalanjali Bharathanatyam. I taught a modern dance class and the students and professional dancers demonstrated their beautiful class warm up. Kelly and I tried a few steps of classical Indian dance as well. What a beautiful dance form! Their guru or teacher is Mr. V.P. Dhananjeyan; he is very talented and has a wonderful spirit. In the afternoon we continued working with John Britto's Company. They are so motivated to dance! Today Kelly and I hopped in a rickshaw and visited the National Gallery in Chennai; a beautiful bronze and stone carving collection. We also wandered the colorful streets near the Kapaleeshwarar Temple. It is believed that Parvati worshipped Shiva in the form of a peacock at this spot. This area is full of religious pilgrims. It was also the first area in the city where we met an American couple, here for the Music Festival.