So, three young women in their early 20’s have been making a lot of noise for their street Bharatnatyam sessions. Aishwarya and Priyanka Kali and classmate Swathi Gangadharan, all 22, started this pseudo dance flash mob with a simple agenda. To demystify the dance form, address women’s safety issues and the uncomfortable public gaze.
In fact, their first impromptu gig was in August 2016, at LSR in South Delhi. And what started as a practice session to help friends, became an online rage once they posted videos on their YouTube Channel – Bharatnatyam In The Wild.
Moreover, they began doing impromptu performances in crowded marketplaces, on pavements, even once at Hawa Mahal in Jaipur. So, while a lot of people gave them awkward stares, nothing stopped these young women from doing what they love.
In addition, they say, “Bharatnatyam was once performed in temples. Then it moved to auditoriums. It has always catered to a niche group, so we thought, why not take it directly to the masses.”
Now, what we’re trying to say here is that these people need all the support they can get to get their message out there. So, don’t just fight issues like women’s safety, dance to let people know how bad the situation is!
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