On the 5th of February 2011 I danced for a small group of people in Krishna Fest in Vauban. During my 2 study years in Freiburg I have never met any Krishnaites. I didn’t know if there are any Krishna devotes in Freiburg. Recently I happened to meet one of them in the streets of Freiburg. From him I found out that celebration to praise the Lord Krishna will be held in Freiburg Vauban.
After completing my Master studies in Freiburg in the end of 2008, I returned to Latvia and rejoined dance group Bharata. I was happy to be together with my old friends while training in dance lessons and dancing in performances. I actively engaged in learning new dance items, developing my dance technique and comprehension. This period was rich with new dances, dance events and performances. I learned about 10 new dance items. In average I had one performance a month in group or solo.
From the beginning of the year 2010 I started to help my mother organising Ballroom dance evenings in my hometown - Valmiera. Slowly I got involved in the process and started to practice Ballroom dancing as well. To surprise my dance mates and to enrich the evening program, I gave performance of Bharata Natyam in one of the dance events.
We are regularly invited to perform in Maha Shivratri – festival to honor God Shiva. Also babajists (devotees of Sai Baba) invite us to enrich their celebrations.
We have given a lot of charity performances for instance in schools, day-care centres for old people or for disabled.
In a small and cosy theatre ” Kabata” we had concert with guest artist Svetlana Rizakova from Moscow.
Performance in Reiki conference
During the time, we had noticed that audience can get more satisfaction from watching Indian dance if the meaning of the gestures is explained or the story behind the dance is told.
Nritya Margam was a concert which included dance performances and lectures. Each of us had to prepare some part of the lecture material. We gave a short overview on Bharata Natyam history and classical dance repertoire (margam). We explained the meaning of the dance items we performed. With demonstrations we introduced audience to dance technique (hastas, pada-bheda, karanas, adavu, jati) and emotional aspects of dance (abhinaya, rasa, bhava).
The fairy tale house Undine in Jurmala (city near the Baltic sea) has always welcomed our dance performances. Although Undine is informal organization to support and practice old Latvian traditions and life style, Indian dance fits there very well, because of great spirituality, love and goodwill prevailing in both – Bharata natyam and Undine. There I remember to have the most sincere performances.