Saturday evening we went to my sister's step daughter, Suchi's, Arangetram. This was the first time we had ever been to such a program and I must say it was very interesting...long...but interesting... We weren't allowed to take photos during the dance, so I took some of the program. Suchi has been studying this type of dance called Bharata Natyam since she was 4 years old. This is a graduation program of sorts. It was a solo dance...it is always done that way...that lasts for 3 1/2 hours. Like I said...it was long...one of the dances lasted 45 minutes!
The costumes were so pretty and I was fascinated by all the vibrant colors worn, not only by Suchi in her costumes but by the other Indian women in their traditional dresses...so many pinks, oranges, greens and blues...such a difference from when we dress up here...black is the dress up color it seems...I think I like their way of doing it better! Maybe we should all break out of the black and start wearing bright colors...and lots of bling!!
Suchi performed 8 dances in all...
Imagine how long it took her to get ready...she had to have henna painted feet and hands and all the make up and jewels put on her face...no those are not piercings...they are sort of glued on...and more henna on her face...with all the make up...she looks so much older than she is...but she is just 16!
They had a break in the middle of the dance with refreshments and then a traditional Indian dinner served after. I had a very nice time and was glad to be included in this special evening.
Now I better get back to my sewing...preparing for these craft fairs take time...I am one of those slow, but steady sewers...some say a perfectionist...I just try and do things right!
Until next time...enjoy your day!!