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It was a sweet surprise for me, when i reached Alliance Francaise on the Thimmaiah Road, Bangalore last Saturday, the 30th May 2009 for the Belly Dance Show. But I had to call the day as a 50-50 day, as 50% happiness for viewing LIVE BELLY DANCE Performance and 50% sad for NO PHOTOGRAPHY.

A gang of 12 girls and kids from Sanaz Dance Studio run by Ms.Sanaz (a journalisim grad from Iran) showcased their talents on the stage. The dancers came in very interesting and different costumes ranging from short tops and long skirts, showing their belly to a fully covered costume with props.

This Belly dance is a Western term for a traditional Arab dance genre known as raqs sharqi (literally “oriental dance”) or sometimes raqs baladi (literally “dance of country”, and so “folk” dance). It is also sometimes called “Middle Eastern Dance” or the “Arabic Dance” in the United States, “danse du ventre”, or by the Turkish term Çiftetelli.

Native to the Middle East, and now popular worldwide, belly dance takes many different regional forms, both in costume and dance style, indicating that distinctive dance moves may have been transported to these regions and incorporated with local dance styles.

Apart from the beautiful performance, the show was very informative. Thanks to the MC for sharing info on why women learn/perform in the middle east, the important reason being keeping herself fit with secondary reason, to keep her man happy. The MC also claimed this dance helps women during her labour periods.

At the end of the session, I was reminded of movie scenes of Mayya Mayya from Guru and Thak Thom Thagathimi Thom from Kaadhal Kavithai. On a whole, it was a different experience watching this traditional dance. Thanks Sanaz. Hoping to document this dance performance sometime soon.

And, if you wish to learn and dance… Reach out to Sanaz at 98 8646 6746/sanaz.bakhtiari@gmail.com
More info Here

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I was out on a short trip to Kulasekaranpattinam a small village with less than 10000 population. I was waiting for this trip for an year now, thanks to photojournalist friend Selvaprakash, who motivated with his awesome set of frames from last year Dasara.

The train journey from Bangalore to Kulasai was tiresome, as the train delayed by 4 hrs, cos of some goods train derailed that night. But, when i reached this village, you guys should believe me, the energy levels are very very high during the festivity. We all really enjoyed the days and nights of shooting across kulasai, manapadu and Tuticorin.

Few frames from the trip…
UdayaRaj… a lil demon..
young demon

Kaali in the making..
kali in the making

Men.. Women.. and others…
on the move

More frames at.. Kulasekaranpattinam

Few BEST things to list here.
1. Making of Kaali and of course the energy levels of Kaali.
2. Shooting of Udayaraj, when he was in Demon get up.. and searched him the next day to shoot with out the costume.
3. Amma, Appa and Food at Adhi’s home.
4. Manapadu Village, Fishermen and the Church.
5. Salt harvesting and the stories behind at Tuticorin.

I really enjoyed the trip and thanks to the TEAM, with special thanks to Adhi.

NOTE:
Kulasekaranpattinam a coastal village in Thoothukkudi (Tuticorin) district, famous for its 300-year old Muthariamman Koil located on the seashore. During Dusserah more than one million people assemble in the area and fine music resonates with the rhythmic beat of drums.

Folk artistes from all over the State converge here to participate in the 10-day festival. The beach looks like a fair ground and the performances reminds one of the natyotsavs in large temple.Tuticorin, Nellai and Kumari district bustle with preparation for Folk Carnival activities this year.

There is no Royal patronage and the entire festivity veers round the presiding deity Sri Muthariamman of Kulasekaranpattinam. Following an age-old tradition, devotees vow to go from house to house to beg for alms, disguised in various celestial forms such as Kali, Siva, Vishnu and Narada, Animal Forms Such as Tiger, Monkey, Bear, Lion etc. Some devotees transform themselves into mundane figures such as policemen, King, Queen, Justice, narikuravars and beggars during the festival, and roam with begging bowls, to propitiate the Goddess.

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