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Indian dance troupe in rare Sweden show

Joel Linde · 27 Oct 2011, 15:09

Published: 27 Oct 2011 15:09 GMT+02:00

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The two dance styles Bharatanatyam and Kathak are both classical dances with different ties to Indian culture. While both have specific historical meaning for Hindus and Indian people, they are also meant to entertain the audience.

“It is both spiritual and entertainment,” Sunita Rao at the Indian Embassy told The Local, adding that it’s an important part of Indian culture.

Bharatanatyam is a dance that dates back about 2000 years, and is perhaps the most famous of the eight classical dances of India. The name incorporates words meaning Expression, Music and Rhythm, which is exactly what people should expect from the performance, Rao said.

Bharatanatyam is considered the most religiously inspired of the two, as dancers are portrayed as Hindu gods and other spiritual beings.

Kathak is also among the most well-known classical Indian dances, but as opposed to Bharatanatyam, it illustrates nomadic bards from northern India known as kathak, or storytellers.

These nomads would perform around the lands in courtyards and village squares, and convey mythological and moral tales from ancient scriptures with lively dances, accompanied by vocal and instrumental music.

The Indian embassy has worked for many years to bring the world renowned performers to Sweden, aiming to provide cultural insight to the locals and offer a slice of home for the approximately 18,000 Indian-born people living in Sweden.

“This should be very interesting for Swedes as well since it’s a very different form of dance,” Rao said. “There’s a lot of quick motion with hands and feet which one doesn’t usually see in other types of dance.”

Although there are some places that offer courses in Kathak in Sweden, Rao explains that the dance most associated with India is the sort often featured in "Bollywood" films, and that’s very different.

For this performance, eleven Indian dancers are invited to the Södra Teatern in Stockholm, among those the troupe leaders Saroja Vaidyanathan and Shovana Narayanan, both known around the globe for their respective dance styles.

After the 12 separate dance numbers, seven in Bharatanatyam style and five in Kathak, the groups will get together for what is called a jugalbandi and perform together for the grand finale.

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Rao will no doubt attend the performances herself, she said, and urges others not to miss the chance to join her.

“These are world famous dancers and it’s not very often they come here.”

The Indian Classical Dances will be performed at Södra Teatern on November 3rd at 7pm. Tickets are 180 kronor ($27).

Joel Linde (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

16:31 October 27, 2011 by nathan45
People are going out of their way to try to make every one think that their multicultural opinion is the only opinion and to be anti multicultural is hate but it is not I dont support multiculturalism but I also dont support being hatefull to another person based on race I just dont want them moving to my country.
17:16 October 27, 2011 by zircon
10:15 October 29, 2011 by Swindu
@nathan: i don't think the theater is forcing you to attend this. you can stay at home with your solo cultural self. too bad you can't build a fence around YOUR country to keep other people out. if you want to fully follow through with your manifesto, that means you are NOT allowed to eat ANYTHING that comes from OUTSIDE of your country. hmmm...that's gonna be tough my friend. be careful what you wish for.
11:49 October 29, 2011 by Azhartt
@Swindu...well said:)

well Bharatanatyam is one of the beautiful dances in the world.....oh I love it...

it is the pride of Tamil Nadu.....

check it out guyz and I bet u will love it for sure:)
20:33 October 30, 2011 by Cornelius Hamelberg

Not even Nathan of Gaza!

It's a bloody shame:

don't want to make it lawful

to have to share my riches

my milk & honey

he says to Hitler & Himmler

to the man from Nazareth & his disciples

let every body stay in his & her own place:

"I just don't want them moving to my country."

(my motherland

my fatherland

my own part of the globe

my earth

my planet

my world

my heaven.)

I half expect him to burst out in glorious song:

"This royal throne of kings, this sceptred isle,

This earth of majesty, this seat of Mars,

This other Eden, demi-paradise,

This fortress built by Nature for herself

Against infection and the hand of war,

This happy breed of men, this little world,

This precious stone set in the silver sea,

Which serves it in the office of a wall

Or as a moat defensive to a house,

Against the envy of less happier lands,--

This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England."

But this is Sweden.

20:58 October 30, 2011 by ekj05
I hate Indian being an Asian but I like Swedish as here I can see so many beauty Blond then any other place.Ohh India ...almost Black...
20:59 October 30, 2011 by Cornelius Hamelberg
That's why Krishna is blue.....
08:26 November 1, 2011 by Adnan M

is that the blend of Swedish Hindu?

well you seem to be so touchy about your culture. Please go home if you love it so much you ll find a lot of like it. Isnt those the things that you have run away from...or its more your religion not your culture or may be both.
15:48 November 1, 2011 by theibmsstate
i dont like
13:55 November 3, 2011 by how_bizarre
@nathan, this story is about a dance troupe from India, where did the ' moving into my country' come from ? secondly, a formula for you 'You dont like it= You dont go'-(how tough is that to follow) ? .. while i understand ( but, dont agree) your view, i want to add that what you want is almost impossible.. Sweden depends on the rest of the world from an economic perspective, and with this economic dependence comes culture ! so unless you are a hunter in the far north who leads a secluded' sami' life, you will be exposed to different cultures. If you dont like it refer the formula above

@ekj and Adnan... you guys need to take off your 'pakistani' glasses and ta det lungt !
17:56 November 4, 2011 by Santanu Dey
People of the world and especially in the Europe has started to "Hate" Indians recently...... Reason..because, you cant bully the Black guys, because partially they have the ability to beat you to death and partially because the most influential man in world today is a "Black" guy....

You cant bully a chinese, because, literally most of the europe is already bought by them....

So naturally, we(Indians) who dont really complain and try to adapt as much as possible are the victims of bullying and racism. Dont really know what wrong we did....

On the other hand , if any person from any culture comes to India, we generally accept them to the society easily and dont tell them to ""go back home", even we have over-burdened problems.........
19:06 November 8, 2011 by how_bizarre
@Santanu, very strong statement ! personally i have NEVER felt that i was being bullied or being discriminated, and definitely not here in Sweden. Not sure where you get your views from.
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