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PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2004 8:40 am 
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Can anybody tell me what other dance forms have the richness and variety of expressions as in Classical Indian dance Bharata Natyam

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 Post subject: Re: Classical Indian dance - Bharata Natyam. The varieties o
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Welcome to CriticalDance, Nataraja. You pose an interesting question and we had a debate a while back where someone made similar claims for ballet. I was one of those to hold up the traditions of Bharata Natyam and Kathak as examples of dance forms with similar depth and artistic interest.

To be honest though, I'm not really interested in "the most" or the best"; I'm just very grateful that there are so many amazingingly rich dance forms in the world.

And a style to watch for the future? Fusions of traditional Africn dance and western contemporary dance have thrown up some astonishing works in the past 10 years. For example Vincent Sekwati Mantsoe and Compagnie Salia nï Seydou, both of whom you can find here on the site, using the search facility at top right.

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A Family's Moves, Centuries Old
by JENNIFER DUNNING for the New York Times

Mr. Knight, an 11th-generation descendant of dancers and musicians in southern India, presented a program that followed the family tradition of performing a pure classical version of the dance form Bharata Natyam. He did not mix it with flamenco, hip-hop or modern dance, or tell any stories but the ones handed down through the centuries, generally about male gods and ripe young maidens. But Mr. Knight is otherwise an unusual interpreter of Bharata Natyam. He is dancing material that has historically been performed by women. And he has a lanky body on which the subtle details of this ancient solo dance largely failed to register.

published: December 6, 2005
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