Shyamla Dance partners with Camilla fashion (costumes)

Shyamla Dance -
Journey through India

Shyamla Eswaran is an accomplished performing artist, choreographer and teacher with three decades of dance experience and a Master’s Degree in International Human Rights Law.

She has taught at renowned studios throughout Australia and specialises in Indian dance (Bollywood, Semi-Classical and Folk), having trained and performed each style in its place of origin. Shyamla currently practices Classical Indian dance (Kuchipudi) in Sydney with Shri Raghavan Nair Ji and regularly travels to India for training and to further her cultural knowledge. 

Shyamla will be both performing and leading workshops at the New Beginnings Festival in Spring. Her theme for the festival is ‘DANCE THROUGH INDIA EXPERIENCE (featuring live Indian Drums).”

Indian Fusion Group Performance by Shyamla, Pinaki, Jess and Ragavi accompanied by Maharshi

A bespoke, collaborative performance to showcase the interaction and play between drummer and dancer that characterises Indian Classical and Folk Dance. It will feature traditional elements such as Bol (spoken rhythm), Ghungroos (Indian ankle bells) and Abhinaya (emotional expression).

Indian Fusion Group Performance by Shyamla, Pinaki, Jess and Ragavi accompanied by Maharshi

A unique, fusion performance that brings to life and seamlessly interweaves Semi-Classical, Popular and Folk dances from India including Bollywood (Mumbai), Bhangra (Punjab) and Ghoomar (Rajasthan). The performance will feature authentic props to also showcase the handicrafts and textiles of India including veils, umbrellas and ghagras (skirts).

“Dance Through India” workshop accompanied live by award-winning Indian percussionist Maharshi Ravel

Shyamla and Maharshi lead an interactive 45-minute journey, sharing personal, cultural stories along the way to explore rhythms and signature movements from traditional, modern and folk dance from three different Indian states. The dance styles covered with being Kuchipudi from Andhra Pradesh (South), Bollywood from Mumbai (Maharastra) and Ghoomar from Rajasthan (North).

The workshop will allow participants to experience how various rhythms connect with movements, creating a sense of communal spirit and joy. It will feature authentic hand gestures, exuberant hip-shaking and cheeky facial expressions.

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