Indian dancers interpret classical steps

October 16, 2008 10:27:18 AM PDT
Indian classical dancing is an imperturbation of different mythological stories. Although it requires a lot of body movements, a group of dancers are able to tell stories without having vision. From India to Chicago, these young dancers who are blind and visually impaired have traveled the world performing various traditional dances despite the fact that they have never seen them.

These exceptional dancers are from the Shree Ramana Maharishi Academy for the Blind.

"We have several kinds of movements. We call them espostures and also modres, which includes the hand movements, body movements, eye movements, which is appreciated by guardians," said Swami Nadhan.

Steps are choreographed by a teacher who is also blind, using the touch and feel method. Staff member Swami Nadhan explains.

"Then, slowly, through that method they grasp the movements within themselves, and through their inner vision and perseverance and hard work they learn the whole dance," Nadhan said.

"We thought it is very important that we should show that these children can perform, and they are not disabled but have wonderful skill sets and balance, and they should be projected to the people at large," said Nadhan.

Indian classical dance is very visual because different movements are used to narrate a story and demonstrate certain concepts.

For more information visit the Shree Ramana Maharishi Academy for the Blind web site.


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