On the 27th of Mai 2012 I attended workshop on Karanas held by Janaki Rangarajan. Janaki is student of Padma Subrahmanyam – famous for her extensive research on Karanas. For longer time Karanas was considered as static postures – depicted in temple sculptures. But according to Padma Subrahmanyam Karanas can also be movements.
This workshop broadened my view in Bharata Natyam reminding me that also Indian temple dance have been changing. Karana belongs to the older temple dance; they were broadly used before the name ” Bharata Natyam” was introduced.