This is the time to arise and awake and see to believe – an innovation and revolution in the history of classical dances of India. Performing Bharatanatyam on wheelchairs and use of wheels in place of legs have taken years and hours of hard work and innovative methodology. In this unique performance, one can witness the indomitable spirit of these differently abled artists in each movement dance. Innovated, Directed and Choreographed by. Syed Sallauddin Pasha
Today it is our privilege that the most respected classical dance form Bharatanatyam can be performed by disabled people on wheelchairs. The complete adavu (steps), jathi (a combination of advus), thirmanams (sequence of pure rhythmic dance composed of adavu-jathis) are reinvented on wheels and these are performed with absolute precision. Wheelchairs have a great advantage to perform many steps, to mention a few like rangakramana adavu (covering the stage), bhramari (spins), jaru adavu (sliding), with speed and precision. The spinning speed of a wheelchair is faster than an accomplished dancer’s spins! The speed on wheelchairs is about 100 km/hr. They have excelled both in Nritta and Nritya.
Some of the well-known Wheelchair Bharatanatyam production:
Dasha Dikpala Stuthi
Jugal Bandi On wheel Chairs
Innovated, Directed and Choreographed by Guru Syed Sallauddin Pasha