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SAARC Cultural Capital – Bamyan Closing Ceremony

The SAARC Cultural Capital for the year 2015/2016 was in Bamyan, Afghanistan, and during this period several local and other programmes involving all 8 SAARC Member States were successfully carried out. The SAARC Artist Camp was one such successful program.  Programmes were conducted in collaboration with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Government of Afghanistan.  The […]


SAARC Cultural Capital – Bogra, Bangladesh – Inauguration

The SAARC Cultural Capital Inauguration to declare the city of Bogra as the SAARC Cultural Capital for the year 2016/ 2017, will take place in October, in Bogra, Bangaldesh. The event will be jointly organized by the SAARC Cultural Centre and the Ministry of Cultural Affairs in Bangladesh. Several cultural programmes, both locally as well […]


SAARC Non- Violence Day 2016

To commemorate SAARC Non Violence day 2016, the SAARC Cultural Capital will organize an Art Competition for Children on the Theme of Non Violence, all school going children will be given an opportunity to paint, thereby instilling values of non violence through the medium of art.


  • 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.