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Development of Cultural Industries – Handicrafts

17th – 20th November 2016 Colombo – Sri Lanka Organized by the SAARC Cultural Centre in collaboration with the National Craft Council SAARC Handicraft Village Design Workshop In 2012, the SAARC Cultural Centre, focused on Traditional Handloom with an Exhibition and Design Workshop titled, “The Wheel of Life” Delhi 2012. At the Handloom Exhibition, the […]


SAARC Cultural Festival on Traditional Music and Folk Dance

Pakistan 2016 An Unique Experience in Cultural Diversity Culture within the region is diverse, and is influenced by many factors. Culture, rich in tradition and diverse in nature, brings together the peoples of nations, in an exchange of art that has no barriers. Seeing and participating in Cultural Festivals is the best way in experiencing […]


SAARC Art Competition – to Mark International Non- Violence Day

October 2016 The SAARC Cultural Centre, mandated to promote culture in the region will celebrate SAARC Non- Violence Day, with an Art Competition for children. October 2nd is the birth anniversary of Mahatma Ghandhi, who in recent history, revived the principle of non violence.  At the root of many of the problems faced by the […]


  • Vacancies at the SAARC Development Fund, Thimphu, Bhutan

    Applications for the following positions are invited from the Nationals of SAARC Member States (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan & Sri Lanka) for appointment at the SAARC Development Fund, Bhutan. Director, Social Window/ Administration & Finance Director, Economic & Infrastructure Windows Assistant Director, Economic & Infrastructure Windows Assistant Director, Social Enterprises Development Program […]

  • Winners – SAARC Film Festival 2016

      Special Jury Certificate of Recognition for New Talent Eranda Mahagama, Sarjani Shanika, Dulanjalee Balage Living without Life (Sri Lanka)   Special Jury Mention Directed by Iram Ghufran Benegal’s New Cinema (India)   Best Cinamatographer Barkaat Hassain Jalal’s Story (Bangladesh)   Best Screenplay Indika Ferdinando Ho Gaana Pokuna (Sri Lanka)   Best Editor Tissa Surendra Ho […]

  • 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 […]



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 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.




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.