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March 21, 2015

• Nicole Malek

 
What I loved about it:
“Nrityagram: For the Love of Dance"is a close-up look at a small Indian community entirely comprised of Odissi dancers. Besides offering insight into the culture of this beautiful place, this short examines Nrityagram’s larger-than-life founder, Protima Bedi. Protima was a woman who lived by her own rules—she is said to have frequently gone streaking on beaches before deciding to dedicate her life to dance. She wanted to create an apolitical space to learn from gurus and preserve the unique spiritual element of Odissi dance for generations to come. So, she founded Nrityagram and in doing so became a guru herself. What a woman!
 
Why you should watch it:
There are several gorgeous dance sequences that are well worth your time. They are wonderfully emotive. As one of the dancers explained, “Odissi is not a dance, but a spirit. It is a pattern you make in space... an act of worship.” 
 
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Who made it:
Nan Mellvile was born in Kimberley, South Africa. She is a photographer and documentarian and now lives in New York. 
 

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