When someone equates Bharatanatyam to a physical exercise, usually one can expect “purists” in the field to cringe and despair to similar statements.
However, when any art form is viewed from the perspective of keeping one fit and getting away from the couch (and the sedantary lifestyle), I think it needs a thumbs up. This post is about two articles recently published that I read today.
The first one is titled “Bharatanatyam reduces body fat and helps in smooth delivery” published in DNA, Bengaluru edition.
Now I am advised against strenuous exercise, so this dance therapy is an ideal progression….the workshop of AV Satyanarayana, who kickstarted this trend. He trains pregnant women to dance to the beats of classical dance form of Bharatanatyam. Acknowledging the benefits of dance therapy, leading gynecologist and director, BACC, Dr Kamini Rao, has backed him from his initial days. Other well-known gynecologists in the city, Dr Hema Diwakar and Dr Rajeshwari Shekar, too endorse Satyanaraya’s work in the field….A mix of Bharatanatyam, martial arts and rhythmic movements is designed to tell the story of the loving relationship shared between Yashoda her son Krishna
The other article is titled “Poise and how!” an interview of Jayalakshmi Eshwar about Bharatanatyam and fitness, published in The Hindu.
Link to the full article: http://www.thehindu.com/arts/dance/poise-and-how/article3991239.ece
About the benefits of Bharatanatyam, she adds, “It has proven scientific benefits for the body, the mudras keep the body in shape”….Jayalakshmi believes that while the current trend among the younger generation is to head towards gyms for fitness, one needn’t necessarily strive for a “health run”.
Finally, a personal account from a dancer: http://www.narthaki.com/info/articles/art116.html