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Indian Classical Dance Workshop with Anusha Fernando

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Join us for this introductory workshops on Bharata Natyam. Beginning students welcome.

One of India's classical dance forms, Bharata Natyam originated in the temples of South India as a form of devotional and meditative practice. This workshop will explore its rich tools for expression, rhythm, and equanimity.

Bharata Natyam is one of the most ancient forms of sacred dance and a highly evolved mind-body practice. It was originally performed by women, called Devadasis, who danced as an offering to god in the temples of South India. In its recent history, Bharata Natyam has moved from the temple onto the concert stage and is practiced and performed by people from all over the world.

Despite its evolution, the temple roots of this form run deep. The traditional repertoire focuses on spiritual themes such as the experience of suffering and the potential for liberation. The practice of Bharata Natyam provides the tools to explore these themes. This cherished dance form of India is characterized by humility, discipline, grace and rigorous technique.

Anusha Fernando is the Artistic Director of Shakti Dance, and began her study of Bharata Natyam in 1990.  She is the student of renowned teachers Jayalakshmi Eshwar and Jai Govinda.  In 1995, she completed her Arangetram (traditional graduation performance) as a student of the Jai Govinda Dance Academy.  She continues to study in both Canada and India. 

Anusha's work has focused on showcasing the depth of Bharata Natyam's solo repertoire and its interdisciplinary potential.  In recognition of her dedication to performing and teaching Bharata Natyam, Anusha has received awards from the Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, City of Vancouver, and the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute.

Fee: $60

For more information and to register:  Email: Anusha Fernando at or call (604)733-3439.