Bharata Natyam South Indian Classical Dance

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Date(s) - 04/09/2016
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

One Big Roof, Center for Mindful Practices

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Bharata Natyam South Indian Classical Dance For New Audiences

By Jaan R. Freeman (Disciple of Smt. Nandini Ramani & Smt. Priyamvada Sankar)
Senior disciples of T. Balasaraswati

Performance: April 9th, 6:30pm-8:00pm
Advance Admission: $20 At the Door: $25
*Advance Sale can be made through Papal to the email account:

For info: Call (212) 289-5483

LOCATION: 538 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Health & Wellness Building (across from the Maple Avenue Middle School, just off Route 50).


Bharata Natyam is the most popular of the classical dances of India. It was born in the inner most sanctums of the Hindu temples as part of the rituals and offerings to the deity of the temple. The art is indigenous to southern India. It is traditionally performed by a solo dancer. The art has two aspects. The first is the pure rhythmic abstract dance, which incorporates complex footwork and decorative hand gestures performed to spoken rhythmic syllables. The second is the expressive storytelling called Abhinaya, which uses hand gesture, facial expression, mime and body positions to create the mood and convey the idea set forth in the sung text.

Jaan R. Freeman was born and raised in New York City and has been studying bharatanatyam in the T. Balasaraswati lineage for the past 20 years, in the USA, India and Montreal. Freeman is a disciple of Smt. Nandini Ramani & Smt. Priyamvada Sankar, both senior disciples of the late great South Indian dancer T. Balasaraswati. Freeman had his bharatanatyam Arangetram (graduation) in 2005 at the historical Henry Street Settlement Playhouse Theater in NY. Freeman has performed at various Hindu Temples, festivals and Indian Heritage Celebrations throughout the US and was invited to perform for Dance Theater of Harlem’s Open House, hosted by Artistic Director Arthur Mitchell and legendary actress the late Ruby Dee. Freeman has been touring with his solo program Bharata Natyam For New Audiences since 2008 through out the United States. His programs are designed to introduce and build new audiences to this sacred dance of South India.