Invitation: South Indian Classical Dance, CEU, 13 February

  • 9 Feb 2017 9:35 AM
Invitation: South Indian Classical Dance, CEU, 13 February
The Indian Embassy in Budapest told they heartily invite all dance lovers to the performances of a Padmashree award winning dancer Pratibha Prahlad. The artist is performing around Hungary with her 13-member group between 11-16 February, and will dance in Budapest at the Central European University on Monday. Entry is free, but registration is needed.

Performances details:

13 February 2017, 18.00: Budapest, Central European University, Auditorium A (1051 Budapest, Nádor u. 15.)  Please send your registration to

14 February 2017, 18.00: Debrecen,Vojtina Bábszínház (4026 Debrecen, Kálvin tér 13.) – entry is free, but registration is needed! Please send your registration to e-mail or call 52/418-160.

15 February 2017, 15.00: Szeged, Szent-Györgyi Albert Agóra (6722 Szeged, Kálvária sugárút 23.) – more information soon

Padmashri Prathibha Prahlad is a renowned and a pre-eminent Indian classical dancer. In a career spanning 40 years, she has been a performer, choreographer, educator, author, arts administrator, and a pioneering curator of performing arts festivals.

She has performed in prestigious platforms in over 85 countries and has given more than 3,000 performances in India. She is the Founder Managing Trustee of Prasiddha Foundation & Forum for Art beyond Borders.

Bharatanatyam is one of the most popular and widely practiced classical dance styles of India, with sculptural evidence dating back nearly 3000 years. A highly spiritual and dedicatory dance form, Bharatanatyam‘s roots go back to the Hindu temples of Tamil Nadu, in South India.

The dance moved from temples to theaters over time, but has retained its characteristic devotional component, expression of human emotions, and stylized storytelling. The flexibility of the Bharatanatyam framework lends itself well to both traditional themes as well as modern day subjects.

Originally performed only by female soloists, Bharatanatyam is now performed by male and female soloists as well as ensembles all over the world. In its present form, Bharatanatyam is approximately 200 years old, and continues to evolve as a “living” performance art.

Bharatanatyam is comprised of three main aspects – nritta, or technical dance, with a sophisticated base vocabulary used to build intricate combinations and rhythmic patterns that does not convey any specific meaning; nritya, or expressional dance, using facial expressions, highly stylized gestures, postures and body language to convey any mood; and natya, or dramatic storytelling.

All of these aspects are codified in the Natya Shastra, the ancient Indian treatise on dance and theater arts, and are used in harmony to uplift the audience and the dancer to a higher level of contentment and spiritual consciousness.

Read more about her prestigious achievements on the Indian Embassy's website:

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