Spirit of dance
Indian dance expresses range of emotions
By Rima Shah for The Alameda Times Star
ON a warm San Francisco afternoon dancers move as if they are the Hindu God Krishna, their bodies dipping sideways as they pretend to put flutes to their lips and play with a ball, as the deity may have done as a child.
The room is filled with the thuds of 15 pairs of feet stamping on the ground. Sweat dribbles down the faces of the students at the Chhandam School, where Kathak, a classical dance from northern India, is taught.
"Don't play like a girl, play like a boy," says teacher Chitresh Das to the all-female troupe, as he watches them play with the imaginary ball. "How many of you watch women's soccer on television?" click for more