Bhavai: An Act Of Balance

Bhavai Dancer
A Talented Student at ITM University Gwalior

Bhavai is a genre of folk dance popular in Rajasthan of western India. The male or female performers have to balance a number of earthen pots or brass pitchers as they dance nimbly, pirouetting and then swaying with the soles of their feet perched on the top of a glass, on the edge of the sword or on the rim of a brass thali (plate) during the performance. This balancing act distorts numerous other dancing attractions such as, feet movements, hand movements, belly movements etc. Therefore, the dancer is left with just his/her facial expressions as a tool to captivate the viewers. Not just focus but this act gets presentable by its brilliant use of the bed of Nails and Brass Platter.

Mayuri Nathwale

A student of B.CA (3rd year), Mayuri Nathwale performs exceptionally well when it comes to Dancing. She is from Gwalior and her recent performance at the ITM Annual function has attracted many over the internet. The Show was live on 16th of march which culminated a huge set of fans over Facebook and the internet. When probed more, she told the crowd that she’s a National Dancer and has performed in various fests such as MSRIT UDBHAV and All-India Inter-University cultural fests many times. A beautiful performer, Mayuri is talented in variations of Katthak, Lavani and Rajasthani Folk Dances. After delivering a mesmerizing ‘Bhavai’ act on stage, when asked about her story, she said: “Trapti Mam supported me throughout my cultural career at ITM”. Therefore, as is evident from Mayuri, ITM celebrates great talent from across the world.

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