“I find audiences in New York City mostly know something of Indian Dance; either they have studied it themselves, visited India, and what not. They understand that we use hand gestures to tell stories and to stamp out rhythms with our feet. Perhaps what they don’t know is that we have hundreds of dance forms: dance theatre by men, solo dance forms performed in temples that are now choreographed for larger groups, et cetera. Or that each is connected to a distinct form of music, costume, and can either be set to locally spoken or read languages.”
— Rajika Puri, Dance Historian, Teacher and Artist.
Read my interview with Tina Croll and Rajika Puri about dance documentation and the diversity of Indian dance on The Dance Enthusiast.