Thursday, 25 September 2014

Navarathri








Its day 2 of Navarathri celebrations at the Temple of Fine Arts and it was also our performance day. After weeks of practicing this bollywood dance choreographed by Mr. Vijay our Bollywood teacher, we finally got to perform live on stage. It wasn't at all easy getting here... but we managed somehow.

We had extra classes during weekends, beside our usual classes to perfect our steps and co-ordination, also to make sure our group formations were at the very best. 

We danced for 2 songs
1. Badtameez from the movie - Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewan  ( In English : This youth is Crazy)
2. Lungi dance from the movie - Chennai Express

Since Badtameez song was a retro, we decided to have a retro theme to our costume, hence the polka dots. We had a choice for blue, purple and red polka dots chudithar pairing with white pants. 

I got my hair done a few hours before at a nearby saloon. Decided to go with a pouf hairstyle.... from the 18th century era. The lady at the saloon had to use quite a bit of the hairspray just to make sure the hair stays in place with all the movements and 'jumping' that we will be doing later. 

You might be wondering what this is all about. Well, Navarathri is celebrated in India and world wide by the Indians. Its a festival dedicated to the worship of the Hindu deity called Durga. The word Navarathri means nine nights in Sanskrit. 
Nava - means nine and Rathri means - night. During this 10 days and 9 nights, the nine forms of Shakti is celebrated.

In Temple of Fine arts, this celebrations is at its best. A lot of performance is lined up to entertain the guests for the 10 days. From classical dances to bollywood dance and from instrumental to fusion dances are planned to keep you entertained for the period. So if you're free head on to Temple of Fine Arts to watch and learn a bit of the culture here.......
















23 comments:

  1. First time visits here, nice blog and sharing, I wish you to have a happy day~ =D

    Regards,
    (A Growing Teenager Diary Malaysia)

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  2. I can't dance LOL.
    Congratulations for the performance! GIGLove ^^

    Indira
    http://indiranyan.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Aimi ! You should learn dance then :) You might be very good at it !

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  3. Wow! This looks so beautiful! Congrats!!! Wish u would share a video :)

    giglove!

    novelstyleblog.com

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  4. Love the performance picture! Looks like a blast. Thx for sharing. gig love

    Sara
    thesarafrances.wordpress.com

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  5. More pic.... more pic... pls.... LOL

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  6. what a wonderful performance at your country <3
    love all the things relate with local culture :)

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  7. Love the smiles on the faces of the dancers, must have been a powerful performance. I love dancing, will need to pick up my dancing shoes when time permits soon!!!

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  8. I never knew about it so thank you so much for sharing. The festival sounds great.

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  9. This sounds so fun!! You sure had tons of fun during the festival =)

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  10. What fun - Thanks for sharing your pictures & your experience, what a lovely performance! <3 GIGLove

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  11. WOW, if I could, I wanted to go back to the old times when dancing is me. :) Good performance!
    ~GigLove
    www.fiarevenian.com

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  12. looks like a lot of fun! thank youfor sharing, i wish i could dance like that. :D giglove

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  13. looks like an amazing event. wish i could have seen it in person. thanks for sharing your experience with us.

    Chie
    The Brown Eyed Fox

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  14. Aww what a lovely performance :D too bad I can't dance :(

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  15. ah learnt something new today. i wouldnt mind watching the dance

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  16. This looks like a fun festival and I'm sure you had a great time. :)

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  17. Fantastic celebration. Different countries have their own unique festival. Thanks for sharing this interesting celebration. giglove

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  18. looks great, i love all forms of dance so this is right up my alley giglove

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  19. I think dancing as a form of expression is definitely a beautiful thing :D

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  20. Thanks for sharing this beautiful and interesting celebration in your place. I am happy to know another culture!

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  21. This is amazing! I love seeing and learning celebration like this and being able to get to know more about your culture. I'm sure this is one lively event!

    xx Donah

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