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Bharata Natyam by Rukmini Vijayakumar @ Bangalore

Published March 4th, 2012

This photo story illustrates the different stances of India's popular national dance - Bharata Natyam. This performance took place at the Bull Temple culture fest to reemphasize the greatness of Indian heritage. The Bull Temple is one of the oldest temples in Bangalore dedicated to the Bull God who was the savior for the local farmers for preventing bulls from destroying their crops.

Bharata Natyam is the manifestation of the ancient idea of the celebration of the eternal universe through the celebration of the beauty of the material body. A performance usually has a list of items (story lines) that a dancer performs.

This performance consisted of:

Varnam - with complex movements and positions of the hands and body that tell a story, usually of love and the longing for the lover.

Padam - One of the most lyrical section where the dancer "speaks" of love of mother for child

Thillana - The final section in which the virtuosity of the music is reflected in the complex footwork and captivating poses of the dancer

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Composure

  • March 4th, 2012
  • NIKON D3100
  • 50mm / f/2 / 1/100 sec
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The stance of Lord Shiva

  • March 4th, 2012
  • NIKON D3100
  • 50mm / f/2 / 1/500 sec
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Defence

  • March 4th, 2012
  • NIKON D3100
  • 50mm / f/2 / 1/1600 sec
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Certain

  • March 4th, 2012
  • NIKON D3100
  • 50mm / f/2 / 1/800 sec
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Dance

  • March 4th, 2012
  • NIKON D3100
  • 50mm / f/2 / 1/800 sec
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Faith

  • March 4th, 2012
  • NIKON D3100
  • 50mm / f/2 / 1/1600 sec
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Joy

  • March 4th, 2012
  • NIKON D3100
  • 50mm / f/2 / 1/800 sec
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Seduction

  • March 4th, 2012
  • NIKON D3100
  • 50mm / f/2 / 1/800 sec
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Determination

  • March 4th, 2012
  • NIKON D3100
  • 50mm / f/2 / 1/80 sec
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Achievement

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Pride

  • March 4th, 2012
  • NIKON D3100
  • 50mm / f/2 / 1/800 sec
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Love

  • March 4th, 2012
  • NIKON D3100
  • 50mm / f/2 / 1/800 sec

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VivekDuvedi
Vivek Duvedi  about 4 years ago

Amazing Stuff! amazing story. Proud of u :)

vedavyasa
Vedavyasa Bhat  almost 6 years ago

Nice stuff. Proud of you

HarryThaker
Harshit Thaker  almost 6 years ago

Awesome :).. i'll Add Story for Kuchipudi and Kathak soon :)

jsamr
Juveria Samrin  almost 6 years ago

Thank you Ramjee. I had to use my prime as the other one I have is the 18-55. I needed shutter speed to freeze her movement- so chose my prime.

ramjee
Ramjee Nagarajan  almost 6 years ago

Amazing poise and balance the dancer has... Actually, was stunned to look at the exif, you used the 50 mm prime for shooting these pics? Stunningly sharp, wonderfully framed... Thank you for sharing... :)

jsamr
Juveria Samrin  almost 6 years ago

:) thanks!! start your collection now!!! and welcome to 500px!!!

Viswaakshan
Viswa Murali  almost 6 years ago

Lovely way of presenting the pictures... Brilliant work !!!