*Saba Ahmadi – Henna

Mehendi is used to beautify women, much like a form of makeup. Mehendi artists paint intricate designs on the palms and feet of brides as part of the wedding ceremony. Women also use the decoration on special occasions and celebrations. Mehendi is made from the leaves from the Henna plant. Leaves are dried and ground into … Read more

Urvashi Dance Academy

Kakoli Basu, the artistic director and choreographer of Urvashi Dance Academy has been teaching classical, contemporary and folk dances from India, for over 30 years. She is trained in Bharat Natyam and the Uday Shankar style of contemporary dance and has performed at the Indian Embassy in Berlin. Before her move to the US, she … Read more

Traditions Thursdays: Dances of Gesture in Japanese and Indian Traditions

Join Naina Bhamidipati and Mari Kaneta for a conversation about gesture as a vehicle for storytelling in dance and the work of upholding a dance tradition outside its cultural homeland. Bhamidipati demonstrates bharathanatyam, a traditional dance from the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, accompanied by her brother, Nitish, on the mridangam drum. Kaneta, founder … Read more

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