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November 12, 2023
Dance Performance/ DEAI (11 am & 2:30 pm):
Synopsis: Bharatnatyam is the oldest of India’s classical dance forms originating in the temples of the South Indian State of Tamil Nadu almost 2000 years ago. Bharatnatyam stands for: Bha – Bhavam or Expressions, Ra – Ragam or Melody, Ta -Talam or rhythm to form dance or Natyam. It is a structured movement of the eyes, neck, hands and feet called nritta and also includes portraying emotions and expressions called Abinaya. It is most often performed to south Indian classic music called Carnatic music. This medium of dance brings to life the philosophy and stories of ancient Indian mythologies and scriptures to global audiences. Diwali is the biggest celebration of the year for Hindus worldwide and is also celebrated by Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists as well. Customs include lighting diyas, decorating homes, exchanging gifts, wearing new clothes and enjoying lots of good food. During Diwali, there are typically dance performances which highlight the stories about Diwali, the victory of good over evil varying by region. In East India, the goddess Kali is worshipped. In North India the festival celebrates the Rama’s defeat of Ravana. In South India the festival marks Krishna’s defeat of the demon Narakasura.
About the play partner: Ria is a senior at Portola High School where she dances in a variety of styles including hip hop, jazz and contemporary and also is very active as a student choreographer. She is an avid debater and has won numerous awards and currently teaches middle and high school debate students. In her free time, she enjoys listening to music and spending quality time with friends and family
Nina is a sophomore at Portola High School where she is involved in the newspaper as a photo editor, and is leadership positions at her school for volunteer organizations including Families Forward and the American Red Cross. Her hobbies include baking, dancing and spending time with friends and family.