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SAARC Artists Camp 2017 Nepal

The SAARC Cultural Centre Artists Camp creates space for artists from the Member State to gather together and put forward their creative expressions on canvass and share techniques and knowledge through the language of art.  This year the Artists Camp will be held in Nepal in partnership with the Government of Nepal, among the scenic […]


SAARC Film Festival 2017 India

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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Research on Cultural Trails

The 18th SAARC Summit held in November 2014 in Kathmandu proposed to create a SAARC Heritage List with the Operational Guidelines and to develop cultural trails linking major Buddhist historical sites in the Region.  The “South Asian Cultural Trails” was approved at the 18th Summit of the SAARC.  commencing with Buddhist Cultural Trails for 2017 […]


  • Vacancies at the SAARC Cultural Centre, Colombo, Sri Lanka

    Professional Staff Culture Specialist – Programmes GSS Staff Personal Secretary to Director – GSS Category – I Programme Assistant – GSS Category- II Finance Assistant – GSS Category – III

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]



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.