Natyaloka School of Indian Classical Dance performers
dress-rehearse Maaya at King Edward Court this week. Photo
by Peter McIntosh.
A brilliant Indian summer will visit Dunedin this
The Natyaloka School of Indian Classical Dance will present
its second annual recital of Bharathanatyam dance, Maaya, in
the Dunedin Teachers College auditorium on Sunday.
''Bharathanatyam is one of the eight classical Indian dance
forms. It's known for its precise footwork, hand gestures and
There is not a part of the body that is not used, including
your eyebrows,'' choreographer Swaroopa Unni said earlier
The hour-long performance would feature ancient Hindu
mythological stories, the choreographer said, opening with a
procession for Goddess Lakshmi and travelling back to the
times of Lord Krishna.
''The dancers are like storytellers on stage, telling stories
from old mythology. It's going to be magical.''
Mrs Unni went on ''a shopping trip to India'' in June to
source 14 authentic Indian costumes and jewellery for the