Indian classical dance forms have universal appeal. This is a part of an email interview with a Bharatnatyam dancer from Ukraine. Her name is Ganna Smirnova who is one of the leading exponents of Indian classical dance in Eastern Europe. A highly consummate performer, academic researcher, a trained yoga teacher (Yoga Shiromani), author, organizer and dance teacher par excellence, Ganna has achieved many a milestones in her journey as an exponent of Indian classical dance, Bharatanatyam. She learned for more than six years continuously with the most rigorous and highly intensive training under Guru Smt. Jayalakshmi Eswar under the ethos of the strict Guru Shishya Parampara.
Let me present the series of questions that I did with her about her life and the Indian dance form that she practices.
Tell us about your journey with India and dance.
I had a great fascination toward India from the university years through the classical literature of India and was marveled at the way the sacred India has been over the millennium remained the greatest place for dialogue of faiths. The IDEA OF SHIVA as Nataraja created such a deep impact on my being and thus in the late 90s I got embarked on a journey to be in India to learn this great art of (Nataraja) Bharatnatyam. I gave my body, mind and soul to this art wholeheartedly and wanted to absorb and suck like vacuum cleaner any information, tidbits and theoretical information regarding this great art.