Source: thedailystar.net; Author: Rachel Priyanka Perris; Photo Courtesy: Ridwan Adid Rupon

Vidushi Padmabhushan Alarmel Valli needs little introduction to anyone remotely aware of classical dance as an art form. One of the finest artistes of Bharatnatyam in the world, Valli was the first featured artiste on the second day of the Bengal Classical Music Festival 2013. On stage, the danseuse said she believed that the people of Bangladesh have great understanding of poetry, and her performance would predominantly be poetry based, focusing on Padam and Javali. The former is characterised by small steps, and expresses melancholy and yearning for the beloved. Javali is more upbeat and sensuous, a dance to please the beloved.

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Photo: Ridwan Adid Rupon