The Embassy of India danced with the Traditional Bharatanatyam Ballet

Bharatanatyam Dance by Radhika Shetty is performed at the Indian Embassy on April 25th, an opportunity to discover a typical indian ballet

April 24th, 2023
Biagio Drago, News from Berlin
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India is the most populous country in the world, a huge nation with a large number of traditions, dialects and beliefs. Dancing is one of the ways in which India expresses itself and the Bharatanatyam dance is one of the most famous examples.

Embassies are often considered as meeting places for diplomats and politicians, but they are also places through which a country can express its culture and art. In this sense, on April 25th 2023 at 18.00 p.m the Indian Embassy hosted a dance show of a classical Indian ballet: Bharatanatyam.

The protagonist of this event was Radhika Shetty, a famous Indian dancer who showed her dance skills at her Embassy. It has served as a means to introduce many people not only from India to the Indian art and music culture. As almost always happens, cultural entertainment is a form of soft power and a channel of integration for native people who live abroad. 

Speaking about the channel of soft power in this case, as we have already said, the protagonist was the ballet. Bharatanatyam is a classical Indian dance, one of eight Indian classical dance forms recognized by the Sangeet Natak Akademi and expresses South Indian religious themes and spiritual ideas, particularly of Shaivism and in general of Hinduism. This dance, originated in Tamil Hindu (an Indian region), is a symbol of the entire South part of this State.

The entrance was free, and the venue could host a maximum of 200 guests. The participants had to show valid Indian, German or other valid ID cards/passports having German stay permits upon entrance.


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