Highlighting the universality of Bharatanatyam
An effective way to participants in this rich form of learning is by highlighting the universality of Bharatanatyam.
Building on the universality of Bharatanatyam is imagery that includes animals and nature. In sessions with older adults, we typically come up with new hastas to describe animals, birds, and bugs around us. This sense of discovery is not only fun but also helps give participants autonomy and fosters creativity. It also helps us connect deeply with our local nature.
Most importantly, it places Bharatanatyam not merely as a series of movements to learn, but as a form that fosters discovery due to (and not despite) the structure created!
How could you show a squirrel?!