ashwini bhat

A brilliant crazy woodfire ceramic artist from Pondicherry. Ashwini Bhat writes in her website:

I gather shapes from the world around me, from my travels, and journeys through books. I also look inside me for forms that arise from my experience as a dancer, seeking to rephrase that understanding of the body through a new medium of expression, the body of the clay I work with.

Take a look at some of our favourite work:

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The Creation of Woman

A short dance film made by Ismail Merchant and James Ivory with narration by Saeed Jaffrey. The main dancer (Brahma) is Bhaskar Roy Chowdhury, and the man and woman dancers are Dinu and Anjali Devi from Bhaskar’s Dance Company.

1961, 13mins 39s

Dance with Us Photo Contest

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) launched the “Dance With Us: Motion Across Cultures” Photo Contest on its ExchangesConnect online community recently.

From spontaneous dance with family members to formal performances, ECA asks that participants capture the way people express themselves through movement around the world. The photo contest celebrates the ECA’s upcoming DanceMotion USA program, developed by the Department of State to acknowledge the significant role that dance plays in overcoming cultural differences. This Fall and next Spring four American dance companies will visit 14 countries and territories, conducting substantive exchanges through dance and learning about the traditions of other cultures.

The contest is open until October 25, 2011 and is open to the global public, ages 14 and up. Two grand prize winners will receive tablet computers as well as global recognition when their work is featured on ECA websites and displayed at the Department of State in Washington, D.C. Runners up will receive ExchangesConnect T-shirts and postcards featuring the top 20 submissions.

ExchangesConnect is a unique online community that hosts people-to-people dialogue among over 32,000 members about Department of State exchange programs and supports ECA’s mission to promote international mutual understanding through a wide range of academic, cultural, professional, and sports exchange programs.

Visit “Dance With Us: Motion Across Cultures” Photo Contest and read the rules and guidelines for more details.