Bollywood, Bharatanatyam and Indian Dance in Louisville, Kentucky, and Indiana

THE DANCES that contribute to the SPICE

Bharatanatyam: A classical Indian dance style, originally performed in the temples of Southern India. Balance, intricate footwork, eloquent arms and complete control of facial expression are the hallmarks of this dance. Like ballet, mastery takes years.

Bollywood: The dancing in Bollywood films is based on classical Indian dance and folk dances. In recent films, Indian dance elements often blend with Western dance styles.

Bhangra: Originally, a harvest-season folk dance from Northern India. It has become very popular with Indians of all classes at home and abroad; colorful costumes and an irresistible beat account for its popularity.

Dandiya: A joyful stick dance that has also become very popular with Indians at home and abroad.

Kathak: The footwork and rapid turning movements of this classical Indian dance have influenced Bollywood from the beginning.


Bollywood, Bharatanatyam and Indian Dance classes and performances. Dance studio located in the Clifton Arts Center in Louisville, KY
Bharatanatyam classes in Louisville.
Anusha Ravishankar
Bharata Natyam teacher based in Lexington, KY.
Cardinal Bhangra
U of L Bhangra team in Louisville.
Gregory Acker
Ethnomusicologist and performer in Louisville. Asian music is a specialty.
Raj Pandya and Family
Vocal and tabla based in Lexington.
Rasitha Jayasekera
North Indian dance.
Dr. Vasundara Doraswamy:
Bharatanatyam and Yoga based in Mysore, India

History and Context

Anna Pavlova
Ram Gopal
Short video of Ram Gopal performing in 1948.
3-part interview includes dance clips.
Uday Shankar
Ravi Shankar describes brother Uday.
Uday and Simkie perform Radha And Krishna.
Some refer to him as India's first modern dance choreographer.
La Meri
Ragini Devi
Indrani Rahman
Cinema Nritya Gharana blog on Indian dance in film.
The Third Sex in Indian dance tradition.
The Devidasis


2012 India Day

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The dancing in Bollywood films is primarily modeled on Indian dance: classical dance styles, dances of historic northern Indian courtesans (tawaif), or folk dances. In modern films, Indian dance elements often blend with Western dance styles, though it is not unusual to see Western pop and pure classical dance numbers side by side in the same film. --

Bharata Natyam

Bharata Natyam reflects the culture of India at its best. The dancer uses the space as her own sacred temple and brings the audience into her magical circle as she performs and acts out stories with Gods and Goddesses from Indian mythology, folk tales and stories with emotional content. Being a living art form it has continued to enrichen itself changing with the times yet keeping its pristine beauty and nature intact. Linear geometrical patterns, a perfect balance of the body, eloquence of expression, and precision of footwork to intricate mathematical rhythms are the hallmarks of this dance. --
Author: Maura Enright
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