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Classical Indian Dance and Music

Offerings Education Main 10
  • Culture | Asia
  • Format | Workshop, Cultural Field Trip, Community Event
  • Discipline | Music, Dance, Storytelling
  • Level | Grades 3 to 5, Grades 6 to 8, Grades 9 to 12

Accompanied by music, dancers demonstrate how movement from the eyes to the toes can illuminate the stories, characters and rhythms of Bharatanatyam. In addition to learning the technique of mimed storytelling, students learn how to break down the complexity of counts within music, and how to critically listen to poetry that is sung or chanted. In Bharatanatyam, Shiva, Ganesha, Krishna, and other colorful figures from Hindu mythology come to life.

Artists

Devika Bhise

Devika Bhise is an actress, dancer and vocalist born and raised in Manhattan who began exploring her passion for the arts at a young age. She has been studying the oldest form of Indian Classical Dance, Bharatanatyam, for over fifteen years. She has performed at such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center and the Danny Kaye Playhouse. As an actress, Devika can be seen in numerous film and theater productions across the globe, best known for her role in The Man Who Knew Infinity with Dev Patel and Jeremy Irons.

Swati Gupte Bhise

Swati Gupte Bhise a purist of Indian classical dance, received an MFA at the Center for Indian Classical Dance. In addition to her renown as a concert performer, Swati is an educator and an advocate for the promotion of art forms from the Indian subcontinent, serving on panels at Lincoln Center Library and the American Museum of Natural History for the promotion of Asian arts. Ms. Bhise is the Executive Director of Cayenne Pepper Productions and has films screening with actress and daughter, Devika Bhise at the Tribecca Film Festival, Indo-American Film Festival and in April 2016 her film The Man Who Knew Infinity globally was released to theaters.