For Celebrations, I am using the Manasota India Festival. This is the third year for this festival, which is held at the Bradenton Convention Center in Palmetto. The event is put on by local people demonstrating the culture of India. There are booths with information on the different regions of India, the history of India, information on culture and of course dance. There are also booths from the different India restaurants in the area so the smell of curry is everywhere. I am going to share images of the dances that were performed. I know a couple of other bloggers used this festival for their themes, but we each do things a bit differently.
I am starting with some ladies doing India’s dance ODISSI. It is one of the eight classical dance forms of India. It originates in the state of Odisha in eastern India. It is the oldest surviving dance form of India, and has been traced back to 2nd century BC.
Two Dancers doing the KATHAK, which is one of the eight forms of Indian classical dance. Its origins are traced back to northern India. You notice the small bells the dancer has tied around her feet, which are called ghunghroo. It is usually 100 bells on each ankle.
and what celebration of India’s dances does not include – BOLLYWOOD
Two dancers doing the BHARATNATYAM, another form of India’s classical dance originating in the temples of Tamil Nadu.
And I am finishing the celebration – with this young man – Rinku Singh, who if you follow baseball is with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization. Now what makes him special is that he got the job after he won a pitching contest on a 2008 reality television show, Million Dollar Arm. He is the first Indian to play professional baseball in the United States. He is the subject of a Disney movie about the contest. He spoke to the festival and gave a short inspirational talk.