I still remember reading the lines that stated “real dance begins when the body dies…”. As a young dancer, I kept wondering, what could did that mean and since there was so much stress on angikabhinaya, I really could not connect with those lines. Then it was always about fast movements, high jumps, stretches, perfectly tailored costumes, makeup, a big stage, many lights… But today I connect with those lines and feel it so very true. When your heart sings, it expresses any thing and everything . No wonder the devadasis captured the hearts of the rasikas, in a simple saree, no striking poses and no par lights… How I wish we could get back to that simplicity, yet a full filling experience.
Real Dance Begins When The Body Dies

As a part of “Celebrating Dance series”, we invite you to feel and understand the life of a Guru and the traditional system of Guru Shishya Parampara for leaning of Indian Classical Arts.

This is the first clip in Guru Shishya Parampara series where Bharatanatyam Guru Ramana from Tumkur, Karnataka sharing his wisdom with his student Vyjayanthi Kashi, who is now a Guru herself.