Pagrav means 'lyrical sound of feet'. Learn Bharata Natyam dance at Pagrav Dance Studio in the San Francisco Bay Area and Mountain Lakes, NJ.
Bharata Natyam dance originated from Southern India. It is inspired from ancient Indian sculptures. Bharata Natyam is a blend of expressions, melody and rhythm. It has different postures and poses which help improve balance. The hand and neck Mudras (symbols and positions) formulate the dance form. The steps are called adavus. The dance costume is very elaborate. Costumes for women resemble Indian saris. An essential item of the costume is the pair of anklets or ankle bells known as ghungroo. They make the rhythmic footwork of the dance audible. It involves a significant amount of jewelry, including bangles, rings, earrings, nose rings, and special ornaments for the arms and head.
Nattuvanar (teacher) keeps Bharata Natyam alive, where rhythm of Tattakali, a small wooden stick used by striking on a block of wood (or floor) while students are trained in the time honored traditions of this classical dance.
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