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Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance – “Dancetabs”

But the highlight, at least for me, was the performance by Avijit Das, a kuchipudi dancer from Bangalore. Das dances with a striking subtlety and crispness, a characteristic he shares with another kuchipudi dancer, Shantala Shivalingappa. Both were students of Vempati Chinna Satyam, a great innovator of the form. Perhaps these are elements of his school of kuchipudi. A slight, almost godlike smile illuminated Das’s face. His expression was open and bright, communicative but not ingratiating. His jumps were light and sharp, almost weightless. Das danced a tarangam, which included the traditional rhythmic gliding on a brass plate. It’s a trick move – look how I can cover ground on this plate without showing any effort in my upper body! – but whenever he or Shivalingappa do it, it acquires an ineffable grace… by Marina Harss – August 17, 2016

Avijit Das Performing Kuchipudi Nritta.

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