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bharatanatyam dancer parvati mudras pictures

I am glad that I am able to find Kerala art forms being performed in the United States. My wife insisted that we should visit the Hare Krishna temple (in Spanish Fork Utah) to participate in Janmastami celebrations and watch the dance performance by Divya Narayanan and her students . The dance group performed Bharatnatyam. A little bit about the dance form Bharata Natyam –
Bharata Natyam is one of the oldest dance forms of India. It was nurtured in the temples and courts of southern India since ancient times. Later it was codified and documented as a performing art in the 19th century by four brothers known as the Tanjore Quartet whose musical compositions for dance form the bulk of the Bharata Natyam repertoire even today. The art was handed down as a living tradition from generation to generation under the Devadasi system under which women were dedicated to temples to serve the deity as dancers and musicians forming part of the elaborate rituals. These highly talented artists and the male gurus (nattuvanars) were the sole repository of the art until the early 20th century when a renewal of interest in India’s cultural heritage prompted the educated elite to discover its beauty.

Here are some of the pictures I took of the dancer Parvati Radhakrishnan who did a great performance that night .

bharatanatyam dancer Partvati Radhakrishnan performance pictures

bharatanatyam dancer Partvati Radhakrishnan performance pictures

bharatanatyam dancer Partvati Radhakrishnan performance pictures

bharatanatyam dancer Partvati Radhakrishnan performance pictures

bharatanatyam dancer Partvati Radhakrishnan performance pictures

bharatanatyam dancer Partvati Radhakrishnan performance pictures

bharatanatyam dancer Partvati Radhakrishnan performance pictures

Anju Jyothish payyanur temple pictures

In December 2009 , I visited  India for three main reasons – to visit my close & dear ones , to get engaged and to attend my cousin sister’s (Anju Narayanan – who is really close to me)  wedding.  And I took that opportunity to take plenty of pictures at Anju’s wedding.
As a usual custom in our Hindu religion, the bride visits the temple a day before her wedding and prays for the blessings from the almighty for a prosperous married life ahead. I decided to accompany her with the official wedding photographer that day and captured some candid portraits. So here are some of the pictures of my sweet sister Anju (now officially Anju Jyothish ) shot  at the Payyanur Subrahmanya Swami temple , which is situated at the northern part of Kerala state in India.

Anju Jyothish

Anju Jyothish

Anju Jyothish

Anju Jyothish

Anju Jyothish

Anju Jyothish

Anju Jyothish

Mohiniyattam pictures utah indian cultural center

I was glad this dancer accepted my request for posing for me after the Utah Indian cultural center program , held at the City library a few weeks back . Also she was pretty smart to ask me how to pose and started posing some dance forms in Mohiniyattam .Congratulating the dancer for a great performance and wishing her all the best for the future .

Kerala Dance pictures Mohiniyattam  photography

Kerala Dance pictures Mohiniyattam  photography

Kerala Dance pictures Mohiniyattam  photography

Kerala Dance pictures Mohiniyattam  photography

Kerala Dance pictures Mohiniyattam  photography

Find more information about this kerala dance form here – Mohiniyattam Wiki
Mohiniyattam Video

India Kerala folklore dance pictures

The Utah-Indian cultural center celebrated the Diwali festival at the Utah city library . I was truly lucky to attend the wonderful function and capture some Kerala folklore dance forms . The function reminded me the days in my native state ‘Kerala’ ( India ) and they just made me feel I was in India . I congratulate the dancers and performers who brought these unique art forms to the beautiful state of utah.And the people behind the cultural center who made this function a success . I will be posting the pictures of different categories so that my friends from Utah see our colorful culture . Look out for the subsequent posts from the Utah Indian cultural center program .

Utah Kerala folklore pictures

Utah Kerala folklore pictures

Utah Kerala folklore pictures

Utah Kerala folklore pictures

Utah Kerala folklore pictures

Utah Kerala folklore pictures

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Kerala State

Kerala State Culture

Mohiniattam Dance form