FOR fourteen years Jyoti Lata Parwana has been a committed Bharatanatyam dancer -working hard to master the Indian dance.
This month, her years of training paid off and she had had a chance to perform at an Arangetram event in Birmingham.
Arangetram means "ascending the stage" and is the debut performance which marks the start of his or her professional career.
The classical dance form of Bharatanatyam was developed in south India, and is known for its grace and striking poses. Jyoti is a member of the Chitraleka and Company Youth Group -taking part in dance workshops and working with local schools.
Jyoti said: "I would like to thank God for introducing me to the world of dance and giving me the strength to dedicate myself to Bharatanatyam which has culminated in my Arangetram performance.
"I would also like to thank Chitraleka Bolar for teaching me for the past fourteen years. Due to her patience, understanding, and dedication to the dance form I have truly under-stood what a role model is."
The evening performance contained eight dance pieces which each carried individual significance through the narration of stories and expression of emotions throughout.
This was captured thorough the distinctive music composition and choreography. A key part of the Arangetram performance is the music.
Accompanying artists were present playing traditional instruments such as the South Asian Veena, as well as the violin, flute and vocalists. Also, central to the compositions was a focus on the attributes and stories about different Hindu Gods and Goddesses.
A member of the audience said: "The evening was a delight to watch with Jyoti's beautiful expressions and energy, captivating the audience with diversity and complete perfection."..SUPL: