Did Bollywood help Bharatanatyam in China?

Here is a report from The Hindu that interested me.

The Photo shows China’s leading Bharatnatyam dancer, Jin Shan Shan, with her daughter Jessie in Beijing, where Jin has opened an Indian dance school.

China’s leading Bharatnatyam dancer, Jin Shan Shan, with her daughter Jessie in Beijing, where Jin has opened an Indian dance school.BEIJING: After Bollywood films, classical Indian dance has caught the imagination of the Chinese, with a young woman actively promoting Bharatnatyam among her compatriots, especially the tiny-tots.

For 33-year-old Jin Shan Shan, a Jawaharlal Nehru University alumnus, it has always been a passion to become an exponent of Bharatnatyam. She has established a school for Bharatnatyam here.

While Bollywood films, Indian cuisine and yoga have become popular in China, learning classical Indian dance is also gaining ground here, Ms. Jin said. Around 50 Chinese children were attending classes every week to learn the intricacies of the classical dance.

Ms. Jin said the situation was ripe for starting the school since Bollywood and its music are becoming popular among the Chinese , especially among the youngsters, who could play a vital role in future in promoting India-China cultural linkages. — PTI

Photo and article credits: The Hindu

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  3. Dear Sirs,

    As I am in the field of classical Indian Dance I would be thankful if you were to mail to me the contact of Bharat Natyam-dancer Ms. Jin Shanshan (eMail-address or phone-/fax-number or address) as I myself would like to contact her. My eMail: berlinindia@yahoo.com.

    Thanking you very much in advance
    Yours sincerely
    Bettina Breese
    Germany/Berlin
    June 13, 2008
    http://www.indischer-tanz.com

  4. Dear Bettina Bresse,
    Happy to see you here… Unfortunately I dont have her contact address. If I get to know, I will mail it over to you..:)
    Best wishes…
    Sangeetha

  5. I knew Jin Shan Shan (eesha) in the early 1990s when i was in Delhi learning Kathak with Pt. Birju Maharaj and Odissi with Smt. Madhavi Mudgal. I had seen her deep interest in Indian dance when she was learning Hindi at JNU. I also happened to see her Arangetram at Triveni Sangam, Delhi with Madhaviji. I rune a dance-gurukul in Maharashtra (Aurangabad, India) and wanted to invite her on her next visit to India. Can this message be forwarded to her.
    Parwati.

    Hi Parwati,
    Will look around for her contact and will email you if I find it.
    Let’s hope she looks into this post and comment 🙂
    Regards,
    Sangeetha

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