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SAARC RESEARCH PROJECT ON BUDDHIST CULTURAL TRAILS: Journey Through Time & Space, of Merchants, Monks and Pilgrims

26th – 27th August 2017, Sri Lanka. Call For Papers (CFP) Selection of Abstracts and informing Participants – 25th July 2017 1. BACKGROUND The SAARC Region is bound together through the shared cultural traits which have evolved through the centuries.  Buddhism is one of the shared cultural characteristics in the region, with art and architecture […]


SAARC Film Festival 2017

Since its inception in 2011, the SAARC Film Festival has been held in Sri Lanka, and with every year, has gained a reputation for promoting and featuring some of the best films from the SAARC Region.  The SAARC Cultural Centre (SCC), in keeping with its mandate of promoting culture in the region through different modes […]

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SAARC Artists Camp 2017 Nepal

The SAARC Artist Camp was held from 28th to 31st July at the Gokarna Forest Resort in Kathmandu, Nepal.  It was held quite successfully with the participation of artists from 7 Member States. The SAARC Cultural Centre Artists Camp created space for artists from the Member States to gather together and put forward their creative […]


  • SAARC Secretary General Visit Matara

    H.E. Mr. Amjad Hussain B. Sial, the Secretary General of the SAARC visited the construction site of the proposed SAARC Cultural Centre in Matara.  The Secretary General was accompanied by Mr. Wasanthe Kotuwella, the Director of the SAARC Cultural Centre, Mr. M.H.M.N. Bandara, Director – Education, Security and Culture at the SAARC Secretariat, Mr. Ali […]

  • SAARC Exhibition of Paintings

    The SAARC Cultural Centre will be holding the SAARC Exhibition of Paintings in collaboration with the University of the Visual and Performing Arts from 3rd July 2017 to 9th July 2017 at the University Premises.  The exhibition will be open to the public from 10am to 8pm.  All are welcome. SAARC Exhibition of Paintings Venue: […]

  • The visit of H.E. Mr. Amjad Hussain B. Sial, the Secretary General of the SAARC Secretariat in Nepal

    H.E. Mr. Amjad Hussain B. Sial, the Secretary General of the SAARC visited the SAARC Cultural Centre in Colombo, accompanied by Mr. M.H.M.N. Bandara, Director of Education, Security and Culture at the SAARC Secretariat on 30th May 2017.  They were warmly welcomed by the Director of the SAARC Cultural Centre Mr. Wasanthe Kotuwella in the […]

  • Scholarships and Admission to M.Sc. in Rehabilitation Science (Session 2017-18) [International]

    Bangladesh Health Professions Institute (BHPI), the academic institute of the Centre for the Rehabilitation of the Paralysed (CRP) under the Faculty of Medicine, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh is inviting applications from the SAARC member countries for its fourth batch of M.Sc. in Rehabilitation Science (2 years) program beginning in July 2017 funded by SAARC Development […]



The rich and diverse cultural heritage of South Asian civilizations go beyond its mere projection within the walls of museums, art galleries and commercial exhibitions. The evocative works of the inspired artisans and craftsmen of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka are what have shaped the cultural, social and at times, […]




The Centre is intended to function as a major meeting point for the artistic communities of the member states. The Centre will provide the necessary facilities and conditions for individuals and groups in various fields of interest to meet and interact in a conducive environment.



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Bharata Natyam is considered to be a fire-dance — the mystic manifestation of the metaphysical element of fire in the human body. It is one of the five major styles (one for each element) that include Odissi (element of water), Kuchipudi (element of earth), Mohiniattam (element of air) and Kathakali (element of sky or aether). The movements of an authentic Bharata Natyam dancer resemble the movements of a dancing flame. Contemporary Bharata Natyam is rarely practiced as Natya Yoga, a sacred meditational tradition, except by a few orthodox schools (see Yoga and dance).

Bharata Natyam proper is a solo dance, with two aspects, lasya, the graceful feminine lines and movements, and tandava Ananda Thandavam (Tamil) (the dance of Shiva), masculine aspect.

In most solo performances, Bharata Natyam involves many split characters that are depicted by the dancer. The dancer will take on numerous characters by switching roles through the swift turn in circle and creates a story line that can be easily followed by the feat of one individual. The characters will be understood by the narrative of the song and the expression, or "abhinaya." However, in more modern times, Bharata Natyam performances have taken stage as group performances involving dramatical performances that require many characters depicted by various dancers. In addition, these dance performances include numerous transitions and formations that are creatively choreographed to enhance the movements along with the music.