DescriptionThis dancer suggests both the perpetual movement that animates life and beauty.
Dance in India: delicacy, elegance and grace
Dance is of paramount importance in India, it is a noble art, the creative art par excellence and traces of it can be found in Sanskrit treatises dating back more than 2000 years. Today there are six forms of traditional dances: bharata natyam, kathak, kathakali, manipuri, kuchipudi, odissi. But dance is also very present on a daily basis in the villages during festivals, whether religious, folkloric or civil, and of course in the cinema!
Classical dance is intimately linked to the sacred: it is a mean of transmitting the Vedas, religious teachings to as many people as possible. All the gestures of the dancers are therefore extremely codified and have a precise message, learning is long and difficult.
Standing - slightly bent - the weight of the body, while balanced, leans on a single leg which, itself bent, rests only on the extended toes. The hand of the left arm, of which the elbow is raised at the level of the head, rests delicately on the forehead. The curves are marked by softness, this dancer recalls the Candella style, known worldwide through the temples of Khajuraho and its "erotic" sculptures. The nudity is mitigated by the presence of numerous jewels, a magnificent hairstyle as well as by the presence of a snake which connects her to Shiva, of which it is one of the animal emblems.
The posture of the dancer evokes the lightness but also the mastery of the gesture. The posture is slender, graceful, suggesting both balance and movement.
Typical, hair up in a bun (keshabanda) with a long plait and braids adorning the forehead, at the level of the eyebrows.
The dancer is undressed, only a few fine carvings on the upper legs suggest a light fabric.
Richly endowed, this dancer wears numerous necklaces, bracelets (arms and ankles) and finely chiseled earrings.
coiled over the whole body is a symbol of eternity. The snake is very important in India and beneficial: it is the symbol of fertility, of life (Shakti), of permanent renewal (molting) and therefore of immortality.