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10 Ted Talks every dancer should watch

10 Ted Talks every dancer should watch

Ted is a platform of Inspiration to many. there are many experts who articulate life-changing ideas and nuances to keep the art rolling. Being a part of TEDx community myself I feel to grab a lot of emotional and motivational thoughts from these innovation artists. My urge to continue dance after I had my first full-time job was a part of motivation I acquired by listening to one of these TEDx videos. Here are the exceptional dancer guardians whos voices are so strong that it can crack the caves of ignorance and celebrate the existence of Indian classical dance.

Follow your Passion | Ananda Shankar Jayant | TEDxGatewayWomen

This is my life changer. She believes that cancer is only one page in her life and that her focus on her art, and tuning into her dance, helped her tune out of cancer.Ananda holds a Masters degree in Ancient Indian History, a M.Phil in Art History and a Ph.D in Tourism. She actively lectures on breast cancer support and advocacy issues, having successfully battled the illness over the last two years.A senior officer of the Indian Railway Traffic Service, Ananda is currently posted in Secunderabad India. Dr Ananda Shankar Jayant, is celebrated as one of India’s leading classical dancers, choreographers and dance scholars. Ananda was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2008.She underwent surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and Herceptin therapies for 2 years. Through it all she continued to dance, teach, choreograph , travel and perform on tour . She is in remission now, and continues to be under maintenance therapy and regular surveillance. Ananda has been decorated with two national awards : “Padma Shri” in 2007 and the Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar for Bharatanatyam in 2009.

Back to Roots| Parshwanath Upadhye | TEDxAmityUniversity

A versatile Indian classical dancer, ‘Natya Mayura’ awardee Mr. Parshwanath Upadhye has carved out a niche for himself today as one of the most sought-after male dancers in the country. He is the winner of eight national awards and an empanelled artist of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. In this talk, he performs Bharatanatyam and speaks about classical dance not just being a form of entertainment but an alternate education system that is slowly disappearing. A versatile Indian classical dancer, ‘Natya Mayura’ awardee Mr. Parshwanath Upadhye has carved out a niche for himself today as one of the most sought-after male dancers in the country. He is the winner of eight national awards, and an empanelled artist of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations. Donning the mantle of teacher, he established the ‘Upadhye School of Dance’ in 2010, and also heads ‘Punyah Dance Company’, a Bangalore-based dynamic dance company.

Mallika Sarabhai: Dance to change the world

At TEDIndia, Mallika Sarabhai, a dancer/actor/politician, tells a transformative story in dance — and argues that the arts may be the most powerful way to effect change, whether political, social or personal.

Power of Women: Dr. Saroja Vaidyanathan at TEDxTughlaqRdChange

Dr. Saroja Vaidyanathan is one of the leading Bharatanatyam Gurus and dancers of India. She is a Padma Bhushan awardee for the year 2013. She runs her own dance institution in Delhi by the name of Ganesa Natyalaya.

Feel The Big | Rama Vaidyanathan | TEDxIIMUdaipur

Considered one of the best interpreters of the ancient art form of Bharata Natyam Rama Vaidyanathan has evolved her own individual style with a very unique thought process and a fresh approach to dance that is deeply rooted in tradition. She brings to her dance, a rare sense of devotion and dedication, which leaves the audience with a sense of spiritual fulfillment. Rama Vaidyanathan is a leading exponent of Bharatanatyam and is one of the most sought after artistes of her generation. She has trained intensively under the legendary dancer Yamini Krishnamurthy and the renowned Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan. From rural Indian schools to the World Music Institute in New York, her performances around the globe have earned her critical acclaim from renowned critics. To help create an interest for Bharatnatyam in today’s generation she also performs regularly for SPIC MACAY.

The Three Goddesses in my Life: Anita Ratnam at TEDxKCG

Renowned Dancer, Actor, Raconteur and Diarist, Mythologist, Goddess lore interpreter, Passionate mother and Culture Warrior Dr.Anita Ratnam is a well known icon in Indian performing arts. For over four decades she has shared her amazing dance and theatre skills in 25 countries around the world in over 1500 performances. A passionate modernist, Anita creates themes from her immediate environment and weaves the traditional alongside the modern with her eclectic view of life and art. An award winning dancer, Anita specializes in themes that portray women from ancient myths as well as powerful women from her own life. Her grandmother, mother and daughter occupy a prominent place in her retelling of mythology from a contemporary viewpoint. An MA in Theatre and Television, Anita has been a TV producer in New York city, a film actress, writer and an arts entrepreneur for the past twenty years. Her many initiatives on stage and internet have impacted the culture industry in this country and created a template for many arts initiatives. Anita holds a PhD in Women’s Studies and is currently engaged in a retelling of the ancient epic RAMAYANA from a feminist perspective.

Newton’s third law of karma: MAYA — INNOVATIVE BHARATANATYAM at TEDxTughlaqRd

Under the able choreography of Dakshina Vaidyanathan, a prominent young Bharatanatyam danseuse, Maya is an innovative Bharatanatyam performance group. The dancers are all senior disciples of the Padma Bhushan awardee, Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan. They tour frequently in India and abroad. Maya has recently presented two cutting edge productions at Kamani Auditorium, Delhi. ‘Zero To Infinity’ showed the evolution of technology in the medium of Bharatanatyam and ‘Nakshatram’, based on the zodiac signs that govern our personalities. They have premiered a new production for TEDxTughlaqRd

EN-DANCE YOURSELF! Geeta Chandran at TEDxSushantLok

Geeta Chandran is synonymous with the Indian classical dance: Bharatanatyam. She began learning Bharatanatyam from the tender age of 5 years under the tutelage of Smt. SwarnaSaraswathy. Today she is a renowned artist who has synthesised the knowledge she received from her Gurus to imprint Bharatanatyam with her personal vision of the dance. In her dance presentations GeetaChandran skilfully weaves abstract notions of Joy, Beauty, Values, Aspirations, Myth and Spirituality. In recognition of her vast and varied contribution to Bharatanatyam, Geeta was awarded the prestigious national award — the Padma Shri — by the President of India in 2007.

The Art of Spirituality | Charles Ma | TEDxDharavi

Bangalorean Charles Ma challenged criticism from the classical Southern Indian dance community of Bharatanatyam and now wins awards for his fancy footwork. A contemporary teacher and a trained Bharatanatyam choreographer, this charismatic personality believes that dance is sacred and the essence of his dance is a deepened by spirituality and respect for its tradition and aesthetics. This man defies the world to stand for what he truly loves doing, that is to dance. And dance one of India’s most coveted forms- Bharatnatyam.

Significance of Classical Indian Dance: Rukmini Vijayakumar at TEDxHindustanUniversity

Ms.Rukmini Vijayakumar, is a prominent south Indian Bharatanatyam Dancer was the first speaker. She is currently pursuing a Fitness Training Certification at UCLA, and a professional dancer’s MFA program in Bharatanatyam at the Shastra University, Chennai under Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam. In her talk she compared the Indian dance and the western by saying that the Indian dance is traditional and the western is novelistic; and she also differentiated the old dance, how it was and the present dance style, how it got changed and improvised over the years. To conclude she left the audience spell bound with her marvelous performance!

Special Mentions.

Who’s that girl and Wow, that’s her world | Nehha Bhatnagar | TEDxNitteUniversity

Dance is the hidden language of the soul. It is a holistic expression of heart and mind. In her talk, Nehha Bhatnagar tells how for her dance transformed to be a stage to learn, to explore, to express, to teach and to care. Nehha Bhatnagar is the Founder-President of Sarvam Foundation, an NGO that foster unseen talents and experiment new collaborations in Indian performance art. It is a cultural society for promoting the arts and teaching classical dance to poor and specially challenged children. Nehha is a keen enthusiast of ‘soft power diplomacy through dance’. An International Relations graduate, her passion for multilateral understanding has her constantly involved in lecture demonstrations for Embassies and Universities abroad.

Creating Change Through Dance | Ashwini Raghupathy | TEDxVITVellore

In this talk, Ashwini Raghupathy shares her stories and experiences in bringing dance out of the traditional artistic spaces into the open spaces and how she perceives dance as a form of change and medium for everyone to express themeselves Ashwini Raghupathy, a Bangalore based Odissi dancer, is the Founder of ARPANA, a school for Odissi dance in Bangalore. A classical Odissi exponent, she graduated from the renowned Nrityagram Dance Village. She has over 6 years of experience with the contemporary dance troupe Nrityarutya and has performed in many major festivals in India. One of the things Ashwini has constantly strived for is to bring classical dance out of the traditional, ‘artistic’ spaces that it has always been fettered in, into more inclusive spaces and communities. Whether it is her work in helping trans-gender express their emotions through dance, or free body conditioning classes by the sunlit trees of Cubbon Park and Bangalore’s busy markets, Ashwini has constantly pushed the frontiers of what dance could be to people.

So Unleash your passion with the motivation of these wonderful exponents of the art forms. sometimes in the deep future of Persuasion when the dance is coined to be the useless tool of emotions until then let’s sit in the audience and witness the human form in motion.


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