Understanding Bharatanatyam (1998)

Insight Media (click on Dance and then World Dance)

Source: indiavideo’s YouTube account. This is not a clip from the video itself.

This is part of a series of reviews for research into the dance of Bollywood films.

Depending on where you live, it is highly likely that it is impossible for you to learn about Indian classical dance first-hand. This and the video on Kathak dancing should help you enormously, whether you want to learn the dances yourself or to have more information on what types of choreography have influenced Bollywood over the years.

Bharatanatyam is one of the main genres of Indian classical dance and seems to have equal influence as Kathak on Bollywood choreography, especially the dramataic eye movements and facial expressions. These dances tend to be faster paced. The hostess describes the dances before they are shown, so that during the dance there are only the sounds of the music and shouting of the dancers. The hostess is so expressive that it is almost comic, but this is a part of the style and an important way to understand why Bollywood actors seem so dramatic.

Rating (5 Tuffys)

Library Collection: As with the Folk Dances video, the price may turn you off. Again, though it is from Insight Media and of high quality. This video is appropriate for a large patron base that is research-oriented or for a public library community that is seeking to engage many ethnicities while educating others about them as well.

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