Reference to how an 'Indian' room looks like

  • how I would want my room to look like
  • full of fabric and colours
  • could place sarees and other clothing to my room to mimic a similar feeling
  • a lot of patterns cloth on furniture 
  • batik prints



  • There's a repetition of simple events but with different characters
  • this reminds me off a morning routine or something you do everyday in a never ending cycle 
  • something very mundane
  • I could possibly focus on looking at a morning routine but introduce Indian culture into it


  • Whenever I think of the 'Rich Indian culture' I can't help but think about the colourful and rich textiles industry present in Indian culture. From our clothes to our house, we are known to use colours and to be, in general, a very colour heavy culture.
  • these are reflected in the fabric choices
  • Research for what colours I should put my model in
  • I want to make my model wear colourful clothing that resembles this rich history 
  • Holi is the most colourful celebration in Indian culture. We usually, wear all white and then go around throwing coloured powder at people. By the end of the day, one is usually completely covered in colour. 
  • The gradual change from white to colour reminds meow mental illness. I think the white (or rather the lack of colour) could resemble a mundane boring, ordinary person while the colours can resemble the extravagance and spirit in life. 
  • Holi celebrates the victory of good over evil- with the use of colours. I want to also use colours or have a strong emphasis on colours in my film.



"Bharata Natyam is the most significant classical dance by Carnitic music of South Indian state of Tamil Nadu, which is known as "National Dance of India". This dance inspirations come from the sculptures of ancient Chidambaram temple. The name 'Bharatanatyam' is derived from three basic concepts of Bhava, Raga and Taala. The theory is based on the 'Natyasaasthram' and 'Abhinaya Darpanam' books. In Hindu mythology the whole universe is the dance of the Supreme Dancer, Nataraja, which is the name of Lord Shiva prsented by Ananda Tandava. 

Dance form - Cathir is the ancient dance form of Bharatanatyam.The dance perform is based on 'Adavu' (steps), 'bhavabhinaya' (facial expression) and 'Hasthamudra' (hand gestures). There are 64 basic 'Adavu' and divided it into 9 parts, on which 'Thattadavu', 'Naatadavu', 'Kuthithumettadavu', 'Mandiadavu', 'Sarikkal' and 'Thattumettu' are very important. The performance begins with the prayers to God Ganapathi and worship of Nataraja Murti. The sequence of the dance performance is 'Alarippu', 'Jathiswaram', 'Sabdam', 'Varnam', 'Padam' and 'Thillana'. After 'Thillana', the dance program ends with a 'Mangala Sloka' . Bharata Natyam has three distinct elements to it: Nritta (rhythmic dance movements), Natya (mime, or dance with a dramatic aspect) and Nritya (combination of Nritta and Natya).This Bharata Natyam dancer's right hand is in the Katakamukha Hasta, the three joined fingers symbolizing the sacred syllable "OM". The left hand's fingers are in Alapadma Hasta, the rotating lotus of spiritual light. The eyes are directed towards the Supreme Lord. The left leg is lifted, symbolizing the swift ascent of the consciousness in one step from the Earth to the Heaven.

Costume- The costume of this dance is paijama and jacket of Kanchipuram silk or Banaras silk with lots of ornaments of shining stones on neck, ears, hands, and head, jasmin garland in the hair and foot trinklet with small bells . 

Music - Dance and music are inseparable forms; only with Sangeetam (words or syllables set to raga or melody) can dance be conceptualized. The music of Bharatanatyam is based on Carnatic classical music. Veena, Flute, Mridangam and Violin are the music instruments, which are used in dance performance.

Narthaki - The Natya Shastra states the qualities required a female dancer narthaki, because they have beautiful limbs, free from indolence, capable and conversant with the sixty-four arts and crafts (kala), clever, courteous in behavior, brave, hard working, good skilled in dancing and songs, beauty, brilliant and many more other qualities for that it is known as a female dancers."


  • -There are various famous dance forms in India that have cultural and traditional roots within the country. 
  • -When one thinks of "Indian dancing" they immediately think off Bollywood but Bollywood is fairly recent, the true art forms in India range from Kathak to Bharatanatyam 
  • - myself sued to study Bharatanatyam and I can say by first-hand experience that this type of dance form consists off telling a narrative. The actual dance is a form of telling a story. It's almost like a mixture of sign language and dance mixed together. There are hundreds of hand, body, eye and leg postures we need to learn in order to successfully convey a narrative through the dance. Even during our examination for the dance, we were given a short story and we had to portray that narrative through hand postures, rhythm and expression on the spot. Likewise, I believe including Bharatanatyam in my film would be very beneficial. 
  • -While learning this art form, I also heard that each dance type resembles an element, for example, Bharatanatyam itself resembles fire while Odissi resembles water, Mohiniattam (air), Kuchipudi (earth) and Kathakali (sky).