Saturday, November 04, 2006

Kathak Dance and Presentation of the Bells

Kathak Dance:
About a year ago my daughters started studying Kathak dance. It is a classical form of storytelling dance that originated in North India. You can read more about it here and here.

This is a picture of their teacher presenting the dancer with her bells. They are worn on the ankles and depending upon the age of the dancer can consist of between 45-100 bells on each ankle.

It takes at least a year of studying the rhythms and movements before the bells are added to the performance.

It is a challenge to learn how to put them on.

This final picture show Anastasia and Veronica (the two center dancers) dancing with their bells for the first time.

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