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Fri. July 14th & Sat. July 15th, 6:45pm

Kreena Patel


Kreena Patel's dance piece will contain "Bhumi Charis" (where feet are close to the ground), "Akash Charis" (These are movements of leg off the ground such as lifting, extending, leaping ad jumping) ("Char" means to move your feet from root to the thigh down to the toes). Bharata analyst has described 16 Bhumi Charis and 16 Akash Charis.), and also some of Karanas (which are the basic unit of movement according to the "NatyaShastra"; which has been written by an ancient sage of India named "Bharata Muni". In the 4th chapter of "NatyaShastra", it has been described in details that there are 108 Karanas. Many people mistakenly believe that Karanas are merely postures that are displayed in the temples of India; however, with the help of Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam's research we later came to know that Karanas are captured movements of dance through photography that are portrayed in some of the temples of India.

I would like to give credit to my dance teacher and Guru Dr. Smriti Vaghela, who is a professor at M. S. University of Baroda. Under her guidance, I have received training of Karanas that have I performed today.

Kreena Patel has done her Bachelors and Masters degree in performing arts with specialization in Bharatanatyam from M. S. University of Baroda. She has also done her post graduate diploma in Nattuvangum from M. S. University of Baroda, India. Kreena Patel is also a national awarded artist in India and has won multiple Garba (a folk dance of Gujarat) competitions of Baroda. She has also worked as a Jury member in many government subsidized dance competitions. She has also attended a workshop called "Ghargharika" under the guidance of Dr. C. V. Chandrasekhar (former dean of performing arts of M.S. University). She has also done a workshop for a dance style called "Odissi" under the guidance of Aruna Mohanty (renowned odissi dancer of India). She has also done training in a dance form called Karanas under the guidance of Dr. Smriti Vaghela, who is a disciple of Dr. Padma Subrahmanyam.

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