Shweta Venkatesh is a talented Indian classical dancer based in Bangalore. I have attended her shows myself multiple times. I have always admired her fluency with the language of dance and her unique style of presenting. Here is my attempt to capture her process of transforming into the epitome of grace on stage, completely capturing her audience’s attention. So one fine evening, with Shweta Venkatesh’s permission, I was present at the Bangalore Bhartiya Vidya Bhavan auditorium. This was a priceless experience for me as a photographer. To see how within just a span of two hours, she had transformed into the finest dancer of Bharatanatyam – was just an out of the world experience. With her every single stroke of the makeup brush and every single ornament, she was getting into the skin of the roles which she later performed on the stage. Practise, innovation in the language of art, confidence, and her own interpretations of the dance form make a big impact on stage. I just tried my bit to capture the lovely process. An evening with Indian classical dance form – Bharatanatyam, performed by Shweta left good memories both in my mind and on my lenses.
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