The SBU Taandava Club worked very hard to put on a show this past Saturday. The Indian Classical dance team, hosted its second performance of the show called “Jana Seva” at the Wang Center Theater.
However, before the big night started, dancers went through a long day of preparation. This routine usually starts around eight hours prior to opening doors to the public.
Women are not the only ones who have to spend hours getting ready. In fact, men also wear heavy make up and jewerly for these performances.
Although quite heavy in application, makeup is not even close to being the loudest decoration on the dancers’ bodies. In fact, all members of Taandava use ankle bells while performing. These bells can be referred to as Salangai, Chilanka or Ghungroo depending on what part of India you are in.
But dancers aren’t ready yet, they have yet to paint their hands and feet in red. This is believed to draw away negative vibes, and it also emphasizes movements on stage.
A few retouches before going on stage…
Taandava dancers are finally ready… For a run-through, that is.
It takes an entire day of preparation to put on a show like “Jana Seva.” Yet, for the members of Taandava, every hour spent in preparation is worth it, as they opened at 7p.m. to a full house.