Nikita’s Arangetram

We recently photographed another Arangetram featuring 14 year old Nikita.  An Arangetram is a debut performance of the classical Indian dance Bharatnatyam which dates back as far as 3000 years.  And what an amazing accomplishment for Nikita, especially because she had only trained with her guru for 2 years, whereas it normally takes 7 years, and the majority of her lessons were conducted long distance via Skype.

Altar on stage.
Altar on stage.

With a live band and singer, Nikita performed 8 detailed, high-energy dances over the course of 2 hours, wearing temple jewelry, dramatic makeup, and intricately stitched outfits.  Each movement in her dance correlates to a story she tells, similar to how movements tell a story in traditional hula dances.  Bharatnatyam is fast-paced, with large, full body expressions, also encompassing detailed facial expressions and emotions.  This was a huge accomplishment for Nikita to have completed her Arangetram at such a young age, as well as with the challenges of learning via Skype.

Congratulations Nikita!

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As Nikita performed, the lyrics and English translation were projected above her.
As Nikita performed, the lyrics and English translation were projected above her.

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At the end of the performance, Nikita honored her Guru on stage, who bowed in return.
At the end of the performance, Nikita honored her Guru on stage, who bowed in return.

 

 

I’M  YASMIN

Portrait, Branding, Fitness & Studio PHOTOGRAPHER

Fueled by equal parts Earl Grey tea and passion, I spend my days capturing the kinds of images that make you stop, smile and ask time to please slow down. I believe in real moments and heartfelt conversations on the front porch. In the kinds of images that remind you of the joy that can be found in the simplest of moments together. I believe in images that are itching to be printed, placed in beautiful frames and hung on walls for years to come. 

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