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During their courtship, the birds display to each other in the 'Weed Dance'.

The Dancing House, or Fred and Ginger, is the nickname given to the Nationale-Nederlanden building. It was designed by the Croatian-Czech architect Vlado Milunić in cooperation with Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry on a vacant riverfront plot. The building was designed in 1992 and completed in 1996.

The very non-traditional design was controversial at the time because the house stands out among the Baroque, Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings for which Prague is famous, and in the opinion of some it does not accord well with these architectural styles. The then Czech president, Václav Havel, who lived for decades next to the site, had avidly supported this project, hoping that the building would become a centre of cultural activity.

Gehry originally named the house Fred and Ginger (after the famous dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers – the house resembles a pair of dancers but this nickname is now rarely used; moreover, Gehry himself was later "afraid to import American Hollywood kitsch to Prague",and thus discarded his own idea.

Beautiful performance by Sydney Soran Odori-tai, a Japanese cultural dance group.

This was taken at Belém Cultural Center, Lisbon - have a seat, if you like; or dance

 

A nice weekend to all my friends

 

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Shanghai residents relive their waltzing days on the Bund.

 

First time travellers to China may be surprised to find that the Chinese dance on the streets all the time. Early in the mornings or evenings, they gather in groups and break into their Foxtrots or Rock n' Rolls. The music is provided by their own portable cassette players hooked up to speakers. Shanghai residents have been ballroom dancing in parks for decades. But this was not always the case.

 

During the Cultural Revolution from 1966 to 1976, the government banned things it saw as foreign and bourgeois. Dancing was forbidden and many people got around the ban by dancing alone covertly.

 

Here a group of elegant ladies and men were all dressed up and twirling away. As the Tennessee Waltz floated through the air, it was indeed poignant to see a lady waltzing with her imaginary partner.

 

Of all the Flickr comments on this photo, perhaps the most touching was made by Jacanegra who said, "My eyes filled with tears, this is the dance of life. And at some point we all dance alone. "

    

[*] SPIC MACAY: Society for Promotion of Indian Classical Music And Culture Amongst Youth

SPIC MACAY is not an organization -- it is a movement. There is no formal membership of this society. If you believe that exposing our youth to the immense cultural heritage of our country is an important task for us, then you are a member of this movement. Educational institutes like ours have a very important role to play here -- besides imparting technical education to our students it is also our duty to teach them to respect the cultural values of our country.

  

[**] Odissi Dance: [ www.orissatourism.org/orissa-dance-and-music/odissi-dance... ] The Odissi dance of Odisha (Orissa) is one of the six acknowledged classical dance forms of India. Like all other Indian classical dances, it also has its initiation in religion and philosophy with an origin in the temples of Odisha (Orissa). The rhythm, Bhangis and Mudras used in Odissi dance have a distinct style of its own. The dance is performed mainly with the theme of Infinite love of Lord Krishna and Radha.

 

[***] Ileana Citaristi: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ileana_Citaristi Citaristi is from Bergamo in Italy. She spent five years as an actress in traditional and experimental theatre in Italy before deciding to learn Kathakali. She went to Kerala, where she spent three rigorous months studying Kathakali before she went to Orissa on the advice of her Kathakali guru, Krishnan Namboodari. Since 1979, she has been living in Orissa. She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy with a thesis on 'Psychoanalysis and Eastern Mythology'.

 

Citaristi studied Odissi under Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra and started her own school of dance in 1994. Citaristi is also an exponent of the Mayurbhanj Chhau, which she learnt under the tutelage of Guru Hari Nayak and holds the title of an acharya of Chhau from the Sangeet Mahavidyalya of Bhubaneswar. She founded the Art Vision Academi in 1996, which acts as a platform for sharing ideas between various artistic forms such as theatre, music, dance and painting. The Academi also conducts classes in Odissi and Chhau.

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A Balinese dancer in cultural costume performs a play at the Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park in Bali, Indonesia.

 

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Gammaduwa Shanthikarma, is a ritual done By Srilankans to invoke the gods to be safe from sadnesses and undesirable events of life and to bring peace and prosperity to all humankind and the country, chasing away the evil out of the minds. The ritual is performed only by menfolk from dusk to dawn,accompanied by Sri Lankan traditional drums, flamed fire sticks and full of low country dancing performances. #srilankan #ceylon #ravisathyajith #traditional #photography #ritual #dance #art #cultural

Gammaduwa Shanthikarma, is a ritual done By Srilankans to invoke the gods to be safe from sadnesses and undesirable events of life and to bring peace and prosperity to all humankind and the country, chasing away the evil out of the minds. The ritual is performed only by menfolk from dusk to dawn,accompanied by Sri Lankan traditional drums, flamed fire sticks and full of low country dancing performances. #srilankan #ceylon #ravisathyajith #traditional #photography #ritual #dance #art #cultural

Sindhi cultural day was celebrated on December 8, 2013, and here are the few images from the celebration held at Press Club, Karachi.

 

Sindhis celebrate Sindh Cultural day world wide every year on December 8, by wearing Ajrak (a type of shawl) & Sindhi Topi (cap). On that occasion, the musical programmes and rallies are held in many cities to mark the day with zeal.Major hallmarks of cities and towns are decorated with Sindhi Ajrak to highlight the cultural values of Sindh. The people across Sindh exchange gifts of Ajrak and Topi at various ceremonies.Even, the children and women are dressed up in Ajrak, assembling at the grand gathering, where famous Sindhi singers sing Sindhi songs, which depicts love and progress of Sindh. The musical performances of the artists compel the participants to dance on Sindhi tunes and ‘Jeay Sindh Jeay-Sindh Wara Jean’.

 

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Gammaduwa Shanthikarma, is a ritual done By Srilankans to invoke the gods to be safe from sadnesses and undesirable events of life and to bring peace and prosperity to all humankind and the country, chasing away the evil out of the minds. The ritual is performed only by menfolk from dusk to dawn,accompanied by Sri Lankan traditional drums, flamed fire sticks and full of low country dancing performances. #srilankan #ceylon #ravisathyajith #traditional #photography #ritual #dance #art #cultural

Gammaduwa Shanthikarma, is a ritual done By Srilankans to invoke the gods to be safe from sadnesses and undesirable events of life and to bring peace and prosperity to all humankind and the country, chasing away the evil out of the minds. The ritual is performed only by menfolk from dusk to dawn,accompanied by Sri Lankan traditional drums, flamed fire sticks and full of low country dancing performances. #srilankan #ceylon #ravisathyajith #traditional #photography #ritual #dance #art #cultural

Gammaduwa Shanthikarma, is a ritual done By Srilankans to invoke the gods to be safe from sadnesses and undesirable events of life and to bring peace and prosperity to all humankind and the country, chasing away the evil out of the minds. The ritual is performed only by menfolk from dusk to dawn,accompanied by Sri Lankan traditional drums, flamed fire sticks and full of low country dancing performances. #srilankan #ceylon #ravisathyajith #traditional #photography #ritual #dance #art #cultural

Gammaduwa Shanthikarma, is a ritual done By Srilankans to invoke the gods to be safe from sadnesses and undesirable events of life and to bring peace and prosperity to all humankind and the country, chasing away the evil out of the minds. The ritual is performed only by menfolk from dusk to dawn,accompanied by Sri Lankan traditional drums, flamed fire sticks and full of low country dancing performances. #srilankan #ceylon #ravisathyajith #traditional #photography #ritual #dance #art #cultural

Su-Tarang 2015, an Odissi dance performance by Utsav Educational & Cultural Society, Ranjana's Odissi Dance Academy on 3rd may 2015. A Celebration of Odissi Dance by Disciples of Guru Ranjana Gauhar (Padmashree).

 

Odissi, also known as Orissi, is one of the eight classical dance forms of India. It originates from the state of Odisha, in eastern India. It is the oldest surviving dance form of India on the basis of archaeological evidences. The classic treatise of Indian dance, Natya Shastra, refers to it as Odra-Magadhi. 1st century BCE bas-reliefs in the hills of Udaygiri (near Bhubaneswar) testify to its antiquity. It was suppressed under the British Raj, but has been reconstructed since India gained independence. It is particularly distinguished from other classical Indian dance forms by the importance it places upon the Tribhangi (literally: three parts break), the independent movement of head, chest and pelvis and upon the basic square stance known as Chauka or Chouka that symbolises Lord Jagannath. This dance is characterised by various Bhangas (Stance), which involves stamping of the foot and striking various postures as seen in Indian sculptures. The common Bhangas are Bhanga, Abanga, Atibhanga and Tribhanga.

 

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Girls dancing with a Hula Hoop during the Chicago Blues Festival 2011. Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois. United States / June 2011

 

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The Chicago Blues Festival is an annual event held in June that features three days of performances by top-tier blues musicians, both old favorites and the up-and-coming. It is hosted by the City of Chicago Mayor's Office of Special Events, and always occurs in early June. The event has always taken place at Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park, adjacent to the Lake Michigan waterfront east of the Loop in Chicago.

 

Chicago has a storied history with blues that goes back generations stemming from the Great Migration from the South and particularly the Mississippi Delta region in pursuit of advancement and better career possibilities for musicians. Created by Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Lois Weisberg, the festival began in 1984, a year after the death of McKinley Morganfield, better known as Muddy Waters, who is generally considered "the father of Chicago blues". Each year the organizers choose a theme, generally to honor a recently departed blues musician. Obviously, Chicago blues acts are common. Also, in keeping with the blues' influence on other musical genres, there are some soul, jazz blues and blues-rock acts. Since those early beginnings the festival has risen to a status that the City of Chicago bills as the world's largest free concert of its kind. The Blues Festival is the largest of the city's music festivals.

 

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Gammaduwa Shanthikarma, is a ritual done By Srilankans to invoke the gods to be safe from sadnesses and undesirable events of life and to bring peace and prosperity to all humankind and the country, chasing away the evil out of the minds. The ritual is performed only by menfolk from dusk to dawn,accompanied by Sri Lankan traditional drums, flamed fire sticks and full of low country dancing performances. #srilankan #ceylon #ravisathyajith #traditional #photography #ritual #dance #art #cultural

Gammaduwa Shanthikarma, is a ritual done By Srilankans to invoke the gods to be safe from sadnesses and undesirable events of life and to bring peace and prosperity to all humankind and the country, chasing away the evil out of the minds. The ritual is performed only by menfolk from dusk to dawn,accompanied by Sri Lankan traditional drums, flamed fire sticks and full of low country dancing performances. #srilankan #ceylon #ravisathyajith #traditional #photography #ritual #dance #art #cultural

Gammaduwa Shanthikarma, is a ritual done By Srilankans to invoke the gods to be safe from sadnesses and undesirable events of life and to bring peace and prosperity to all humankind and the country, chasing away the evil out of the minds. The ritual is performed only by menfolk from dusk to dawn,accompanied by Sri Lankan traditional drums, flamed fire sticks and full of low country dancing performances. #srilankan #ceylon #ravisathyajith #traditional #photography #ritual #dance #art #cultural

Chhau dance is a genre of Indian tribal martial dance, and is perhaps the oldest masked dance in the world, having originated in the soldiers barracks (chhauni) of the past when Rarh (part of Bengal and Bihar state of India) was a mighty military nation. It is popular in the Indian states of Odisha, Jharkhand and West Bengal. There are three subgenres of the dance, based on its places of origin and development - Seraikella Chhau, Mayurbhanj Chhau and Purulia Chhau.

 

In 2010 the Chhau dance was inscribed in the UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

 

The Chhau dance is mainly performed during spring festival of Chaitra Parva which lasts for thirteen days. The Chhau blends within it forms of both dance and martial practices employing mock combat techniques, stylized gaits of birds and animals and movements based on the chores of village housewives. The dance is performed by male dancers from families of traditional artists, and is performed at night in an open space with traditional and folk music, played on the reed pipes mohuri and shehnai with a variety of drums accompanying the music ensemble including the dhol, dhumsa (a large kettle drum) and kharka or chad-chadi. The themes for these dances include local legends, folklore and episodes from the Ramayana and Mahabharata and other abstract themes like Mahishasura Mardini. The Chhau dance is mainly performed by the Munda, Mahato, Kalindi, Pattnaik, Samal, Daroga, Mohanty, Acharya, Bhol, Kar, Dubey, and Sahoo communities. The musical accompaniment for the dance is provided by people of communities known as Mukhis, Kalindis, Ghadheis and Dhadas who are also involved in the making of the instruments.

Masks are the integral part of Chhau Dance in Purulia and Seraikella where the craft of mask-making is undertaken by communities of traditional painters known as Maharanas, Mohapatras and Sutradhars.

  

Charida - the village of traditional ‘Chhau mask’ makers.

 

Charida village is a must see tourist destiny in Purulia district within the state of West Bengal, India, for its traditional artisans of ‘Chhau masks’. Being located in the foothills of Ayodhya it is 5 kilometers from Bagmundih and 29 kilometers from Balarampur. The nearest railway station is Balarampur which is just 16 kilometers from Charida. From Kolkata you can reach Purulia town by train, bus or car and then to Bagmundih or Balrampur from where you can plan your visit to Charida to experience and see the artisans at work.

Chhau is famous for its colorful dress and the mask. Charida is a village of artisans who for generations have been engaged in the making of Chau mask. They are called sutradhars or wood carvers by caste. Surprisingly, these artisans know their Gods and Goddesses and their stories by heart. About 250 artisan families in Charida are involved in this art of mask making. It requires deft hands to create these large masks having powerful expression of the characters, because the facial expressions cannot be shown during the act.

 

Subject of Chau dance has changed with time. Earlier it used to be mythological stories from the Ramayana but now a days storyline has changed with time in few performances. Certain acrobatic form has been incorporated, performed by an individual, not connected to the storyline, rather for mere entertainment, as I have seen very recently at Gope Garh Eco Park, West Midnapore, West Bengal. I will share these photographs later on.

 

Indian Cultural Dance

cultural dance performed by chinese artists at the conference dinner of the 4th international conference on theory and practice of electronic governance in beijing china

Mama Africa Cultural Music and Dance Long Street Cape Town Capital of South Africa May 1998

Kcap South African Zulu Cultural Dance Group Africa Centre London July 2000

dragon dance is one of the series of activities to celebrae the birthday of Baosheng Dadi on March 15 of lunar calendar in Taipei...

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Baosheng Cultural Festival 2006

2006 保生文化祭, 台北保安宮.

Baoan Temple, Taipei, Taiwan

2006/4/11

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Finally made it home after the usual comedy of airport delays, missed connections, etc...It was great to see my pups Sadie and Bailey, I always miss them so when I travel... :-)

 

The second half of our time in New Mexico was spent at the fab Hyatt resort located in the Santa Ana Pueblo...given it's location on the pueblo, they had many programs for kids and adults to educate about Native American culture and traditions...we attended several of these with Katie and Anthony: storytelling (where stories/legends that have been handed down through the generations were told, bread making and traditional dance...Here some of the Tamayame are doing some of the dances they shared with us...I was glad they offered these cultural programs, as they were interesting and we learned a lot about their history and traditions...

 

Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico

Lion dance at Khoo Kongsi, Georgetown

Zulu Reed Dance Ceremony.

 

Once a year, in the heart of South Africa's Kingdom of the Zulu, thousands of people make the long journey to one of His Majesty’s, the King of the Zulu nation's royal residence at KwaNyokeni Palace. Here, in Nongoma, early every September month, young Zulu maidens will take part in a colourful cultural festival, the Royal Reed Dance festival - or Umkhosi woMhlanga in the Zulu language.

Steeped in the history of the rise of the Zulu kingdom under the great King Shaka, the Reed Dance festival has been tirelessly celebrated by countless generations, and attracts thousands of visitors from throughout the country and from across the world. A dignified traditional ceremony,

the Reed Dance festival is at same time a vibrant, festive occasion, which depicts the rich cultural heritage of the Kingdom of the Zulu and celebrates the proud origin of the Zulu people.

The Reed Dance is also a celebration of the Zulu nation and performs the essential role of unifying nation and the king, who presides over the ceremony.

The festival takes its name from the riverbed reeds, which are the central focus of this four-day event. The reed-sticks are carried in a procession by thousands of young maidens who are invited to the King's palace each year. More than 10 000 maidens, from various communities throughout the province of KwaZulu- Natal, take part in the Reed Dance ceremony, with the rest of the Zulu nation helping them to celebrate their preparation for womanhood.

It is a great honour for the young women to be invited to take part in the Reed Dance ceremony, and its also a source of great dignity and pride for their families and communities.

According to Zulu traditon, only virgins are permitted to take part in the festival to ensure that they are ritually 'pure'.

The Reed Dance festival is a solemn occasion for the young women, but also an opportunity to show off their singing, dancing and beadwork, the fruits of many months of excitement and preparation.

As the Reed Dance ceremony begins, the young women prepare to form a procession led by the chief princess. One of the daughters of the Zulu King is also the leader of the group of maidens as they go through this important rite of passage.

Each maiden carries a reed which has been cut by the riverbed and it symbolizes the power that is vested in nature. The reeds reflect a deep mythical connection with origin of the Zulu people, where, tradition tells us, the original ancestor emerged from a reed bed.

And still, today an expectant hush falls on the crowd as the chief princess is the first to choose a reed. Shouts of joy and celebration greet her as the reed remains intact, and, with bated breath, each of the young women takes it in turn to choose a reed.

Accompanied by jubilant singing and dancing, the stately procession winds its way up the hill to the palace entrance where the king awaits, flanked by his royal regiment.

As leader of the group of young women, the chief Princess kneels down before the king and presents him with a reed to mark the occasion, before joining the young women in a joyful dance of tribute to the king.

   

Gammaduwa Shanthikarma, is a ritual done By Srilankans to invoke the gods to be safe from sadnesses and undesirable events of life and to bring peace and prosperity to all humankind and the country, chasing away the evil out of the minds. The ritual is performed only by menfolk from dusk to dawn,accompanied by Sri Lankan traditional drums, flamed fire sticks and full of low country dancing performances. #srilankan #ceylon #ravisathyajith #traditional #photography #ritual #dance #art #cultural

As you can see, this Africa trip really brought out a different side of me :P I am actually quite excited to try out subjects which I don't normally do and also to give myself a chance to get out of my comfort zone :) I know most of you don't follow me for this sort of photography therefore a big sorry to disappoint on & off :P HDR shots are not too far ... just bear with me for a while ;) Till then, have a smashing weekend ahead!

 

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Traditional Dance @ Matsamo Cultural Village, Kingdom of Swaziland, Africa

 

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Zulu Reed Dance Ceremony.

 

Once a year, in the heart of South Africa's Kingdom of the Zulu, thousands of people make the long journey to one of His Majesty’s, the King of the Zulu nation's royal residence at KwaNyokeni Palace. Here, in Nongoma, early every September month, young Zulu maidens will take part in a colourful cultural festival, the Royal Reed Dance festival - or Umkhosi woMhlanga in the Zulu language.

Steeped in the history of the rise of the Zulu kingdom under the great King Shaka, the Reed Dance festival has been tirelessly celebrated by countless generations, and attracts thousands of visitors from throughout the country and from across the world. A dignified traditional ceremony,

the Reed Dance festival is at same time a vibrant, festive occasion, which depicts the rich cultural heritage of the Kingdom of the Zulu and celebrates the proud origin of the Zulu people.

The Reed Dance is also a celebration of the Zulu nation and performs the essential role of unifying nation and the king, who presides over the ceremony.

The festival takes its name from the riverbed reeds, which are the central focus of this four-day event. The reed-sticks are carried in a procession by thousands of young maidens who are invited to the King's palace each year. More than 10 000 maidens, from various communities throughout the province of KwaZulu- Natal, take part in the Reed Dance ceremony, with the rest of the Zulu nation helping them to celebrate their preparation for womanhood.

It is a great honour for the young women to be invited to take part in the Reed Dance ceremony, and its also a source of great dignity and pride for their families and communities.

According to Zulu traditon, only virgins are permitted to take part in the festival to ensure that they are ritually 'pure'.

The Reed Dance festival is a solemn occasion for the young women, but also an opportunity to show off their singing, dancing and beadwork, the fruits of many months of excitement and preparation.

As the Reed Dance ceremony begins, the young women prepare to form a procession led by the chief princess. One of the daughters of the Zulu King is also the leader of the group of maidens as they go through this important rite of passage.

Each maiden carries a reed which has been cut by the riverbed and it symbolizes the power that is vested in nature. The reeds reflect a deep mythical connection with origin of the Zulu people, where, tradition tells us, the original ancestor emerged from a reed bed.

And still, today an expectant hush falls on the crowd as the chief princess is the first to choose a reed. Shouts of joy and celebration greet her as the reed remains intact, and, with bated breath, each of the young women takes it in turn to choose a reed.

Accompanied by jubilant singing and dancing, the stately procession winds its way up the hill to the palace entrance where the king awaits, flanked by his royal regiment.

As leader of the group of young women, the chief Princess kneels down before the king and presents him with a reed to mark the occasion, before joining the young women in a joyful dance of tribute to the king.

   

Siso South African Zulu Cultural Dance & Fashion Havercourt Studio London with Pinkie

Kcap South African Zulu Cultural Dance Group Africa Centre London Sepia June 2000

“Oh dancing with myself

Oh dancing with myself

Well there's nothing to lose

And there's nothing to prove

I'll be dancing with myself”

Billy Idol’s “Dancing with Myself”

 

I spent this past weekend photographing the San Diego American Indian Health Center’s Annual Pow Wow in Balboa Park. It is a cultural event that showcases the heritage and traditions of American Indians.

 

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