Indian Classical Dance - Bharatanatyam takes a new journey
Smita Rajan, a senior at the Noble and Greenough School has taken Bharatanatyam on a new journey to those at the assisted living facilities, who otherwise would have never encountered this art form.
Smita Rajan has been learning Bharatanatyam from Mrs. Sunanda Narayanan of the Thillai Fine Arts dance school for the past 11 years. Smita has strived hard over the years to achieve perfection, focusing on constant improvement, paying detailed attention to her teacher's advice, performing at various venues and winning in competitions. As a way of contributing back to the community through Bharatanatyam, Smita has launched an initiative called "Natyaseva For Seniors". Through this initiative, Smita has been giving performances for seniors with physical and cognitive impairment at the assisted living facilities. Her performances include a description of the dance detailing the rhythm, musicality of the song and emotional content. Smita's performances have been greatly appreciated by the seniors and they have learned several aspects of Bharatanatyam. In addition, Smita has been exploring scientific reasoning for the positive effects of watching Bharatanatyam at the MIT Age Lab.
Smita says she is indebted to her teacher Mrs. Sunanda Narayanan for her teaching and guidance. Smita is looking forward to learning further from her teacher. Smita has always been very passionate about learning Bharatanatyam, but now feels the satisfaction of sharing it with communities who have never seen Bharatanatyam and bringing joy to them. Smita is very grateful to her community service teacher Mrs. Hurley at Noble and Greenough school for her support. Smita is looking forward to bringing the world closer by linking arts, science and community service.