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SAARC Film Festival 2016

The SAARC Film Festival will take place in June at the National Film Corporation Cinema Hall. Films from all SAARC Countries will be screened at the festival. More information will be out shortly.

Announcements

  • Winners of the SAARC Photographic Competition 2015

    WINNERS 1st Place Title – Jantar Mantar, A unique observatory of Ancient India Photographer – Asis Kr. Sanyal Country – India 2nd Place Title – Asfi Mosque (Stories in Stone) Photographer – Ashutosh Seth Country – India 3rd Place Title – For an evening trip Photographer – Amitava Chandra Country – India   Honorable Mentions […]

DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE

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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, […]

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STAFF MEMBERS

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The staff members coordinate and monitor implementation of activities, prepares for and services meetings, and serves as a channel of communication between the Association and its Member States as well as other regional organisations.

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CULTURAL PORTAL

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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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CULTURE OF THE MONTH

Bharathanatyam

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.