Smeetha Maharaj

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the_steve_cox - Indian Classical Dance - https://www.flickr.com/photos/photowannabe/1838827739/

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Pabak Sarkar https://www.flickr.com/photos/pabak/13973992868/in/photolist-bo6Bq7-nhQnew-bnqvv7-bAknZv-bAkoaH-bnqvAq-bAkocX-9tCko8-9tFhWG-zBzsH9

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Kathak - expressions
Padma Shri Shovana Narayan performing Kathak, a classical dance form of India. Shovana Narayan is best known as one of the best Kathak danseuses in the world. She performs in India and around the world, and has been awarded the Padma Shri puraskaar.

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THE ADVENT OF INDIAN DANCE IN SOUTH AFRICA

(AN EXTRACT FROM THE M.A. DISSERTATION:

TRACING THE DEVELOPMENT OF BHARATHA NATYAM AS A RELIGIOUS AND THEATRICAL DANCE FORM IN THE CONTEXT OF SOUTH AFRICA)

BY VASUGI SINGH


In order to understand and appreciate Indian dance as we know it today, it is essential to precede this with a brief discussion on the living conditions of Indians during and after the indentured period. The accommodation Indians were offered was extremely primitive. The “coolie barracks” were overcrowded and soon became slums. Working hours extended from 6am to 5pm. On Saturdays work stopped at 1 pm, after which rations were handed out. Suffering and unhygienic living conditions gave rise to a “high degree of diseases and illnesses”. Because of the drudgery experienced in their daily lives the early immigrant hungered for diversion and recreation. Although the Indentured labourers were considered illiterate by the British colonialists, they certainly did not lack a quest for religion, music, song and dance.

Indian dance, particularly Bharatha Natyam and Kathak, was not introduced in South Africa for many decades following the arrival of the early Indian settlers. The early dance forms that did exist then were known as North Indian Nautch (a light lilting dance style) and the South Indian dance drama, the Therukoothu.
Performances were presented in open grounds, under shaded trees and under crudely constructed shelters with only a demarcated area for a stage.

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The South African Indian Dance Alliance is an organisation of dance practitioners and dance schools collaborating to elevate the quality and status of Indian classical and folk dance in South Africa.

The orgnisation was founded by Smeetha Maharaj in April 2016.

It aims to promote the skills of practitioners in the sphere of Indian dance, theatrical and musical activities and seeks to co-operate or affiliate with any other cultural, theatrical, dance or musical organizations with similar objectives.

The alliance is supported by luminaries in the dance field who form the core Advisory Panel.

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