Chinese and Indian dances are a touching feast of overlapping expressions

Chinese and Indian classical dance performers appeared at the China-India online concert The Bridge on Friday, portraying pleasure, anger, sorrow and joy through various forms of artistic expression.


Chinese classical dancer Jiang Wei performed the Xuanzang dance to a mysterious oriental melody during the concert.

Xuanzang is one of the most illustrious Buddhist figures in Chinese history, famous for his 16-year pilgrimage to India and his career as a translator of Buddhist scriptures. Thus, Jiang used many squatting, kneeling and sitting gestures to express the monk’s arduous journey to India.

“No matter the style, the dance conveys a fundamental human feeling of pleasure, anger, sadness and joy. These are emotions that everyone shares,” he said.


Bharatha-natyam dancer Jin Shanshan and Kathak dancer Parwati Dutta performed Indian classical dance Jhoolaa at the same time in line. The two dancers used different forms to convey the same feelings, on the same melody.

Jin, a seasoned Indian classical dancer and teacher, described Bharatha-natyam as a storytelling dance that relies on melodramatic expressions of the eyes and face, hand gestures and body movements to emotionally connect with the audience. .


Although classical Chinese and Indian dance forms differ in style – the former features fluid body movements while the Bharatha-natyam dance focuses on greater flexibility and more dramatic eye and facial expressions – substance or emotions. that they express are almost identical.

Without being embarrassed by the language barriers that can plague other forms of drama and singing, dancing is the most direct way to express feelings and be easily accepted by others, according to Jin.

“I think dance should be a good bridge for cultural communication and exchange,” she noted.

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