Humanities Washington: Beyond Words - Storytelling Through Indian Classical Dance (Hybrid)

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Indian classical dance, Bharatanatyam, is admired globally for telling mythological stories. However, the Bharatanatyam dance is beyond Indian mythology—its hand gestures and head-eye-neck movements can be woven into specific feet and body movements to tell any stories, poems, or narrations. 

Using illustrated examples and live demonstrations, Indian classical dancer Piyali Biswas De explores some methodologies from Classical Bharatanatyam dance to tell a story. Join Piyali and immerse yourself in the gestures and expressions that weave tales and witness a short live captivating dance performance. Ready to tell your story with Indian classical moves?

Piyali Biswas De (she/her) is an Indian dancer and choreographer. Founder of “Dance Tantra,” a Bharatanatyam dance academy, and “Sadhana,” a non-profit art and cultural organization, Biswas De is deeply passionate about promoting Indian Classical art in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Biswas De lives in Sammamish.

This program is made possible by Humanities Washington’s Speakers Bureau"Fascinating talks by fascinating people." For more information visit


Offering three options to attend presentation:
-In person at Three Creeks Community Library
-Live watch party at Vancouver Community Library
-Online - requires registration, below. The Google Meet link will be emailed to you.

To join online you will need a computer, tablet or phone with a camera and microphone.



Library events and programs are open to the public and provided at no cost. Special accommodations may be requested using our Disability Accommodation Request Form no later than 15 days prior to the event.

Los eventos y programas de la biblioteca están abiertos al público y se brindan sin costo. Se pueden solicitar adaptaciones especiales utilizando nuestro formulario de solicitud de adaptaciones para personas con discapacidades (en inglés) hasta 15 días antes del evento.