The nickname of the Indian film industry center in Mumbai. A name combining parts of the old name for Mumbai (Bombay) and Hollywood.
Bharatanatyam is one of the four forms of traditional Indian dance, along with Kathakali, Kathak and Manipuri. Bharatanatyam dance originated in the temples and court of Tamil Nadu in southern India and is considered the oldest of the four main dance forms.
Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu state. It is the birthplace of the Bharatanatyam dance form, and it was here that Rukmini Devi Arundale (1904 – 1986) founded the Kalakshetra academy for dance and music in 1936. It is also the city where the avant garde dancer/choreographer Chandralekha (1928-2006), who began from Bharatanatyam and fused it with modern dance expression to open up a new era in Indian dance, was based.
*4 Koothu-p-pattarai (KPP)
Founded by the playwright Na Muthuswamy in 1977. An avant garde group based in Chennai that sought to both preserve and build on traditional theater. It placed importance on physical language based in dance and martial arts.
*5 World of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD)
A world music festival started in 1982 by Peter Gabriel. In Japan, beginning with the opening of the Pacifico Yokohama facility in conjunction with the development of the Yokohama Minato Mirai district, the WOMAD Yokohama Festival was held for five years beginning in 1991.
Derived from the Sanskrit word meaning ’a civilizational dimension,’ Nagarika is an integrated information system on Indian physical traditions through technology and is the first such initiative in India in the field of traditional performing arts. Based on long years of research on Indian traditional dance at Attakkalari Centre, and with support from the Daniel Langlois Foundation, the Goethe Institut and the Ford Foundation, it has created videos about Bharatanatyam and Kalaripayattu. Movements, etc., are analyzed and recorded on video, commentary is added, and interactive methods are used to enable viewing of the movements from various vantage points, including straight on and from the side.