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Dance of the Weave

I am learning to trust the interconnectedness of my own life – noticing that the loose threads eventually weave into a larger tapestry of universal collective consciousness. In her photographic portrait series and book Dance of the Weave, photographer, fellow yogini and dear friend Briana Blasko, reminds me that each human story reflects a larger intricate, rich and dynamic, sacred dance.

 

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 Sattriya Dancer / Muga Silk Dhoti | Uttar Kamalabari Satra, Majuli, Assam, 2010

 

In the midst of movement, she captures the beauty of a single piece of woven cloth worn by Indian classical dancers. Briana has lived in Delhi for the past seven years and travels extensively in the subcontinent. The photographs are the result of a journey that the artist undertook across the length and breadth of India over a period of five years.

 

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Sattriya Dancers 3 | Uttar Kamalabari Satra, Majuli, Assam 2010

 

She visited dance schools and festivals—from the Uttar Kamalabari Satra monastery on the Majuli river-island in the Brahmaputra river in Assam, which teaches Sattriya dance to—the C.V.N. Kalari gurukulam in Calicut, which instructs students in the martial art of Kalaripayattu.

 

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Kathak / Chanderi Dupatta | Kolkata, West Bengal 2008

 

Born an American of Indian descent, when I witness, touch and look at her images, I am transported to a spiritual, ritualistic and nostalgic heartland. The colors are alive and celebratory.

 

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 Contemporary dancer / Kalakshetra Cotton | Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, 2008

 

YOGASMOGA is inspired by Briana Blasko’s talent and exhibit her photographs in their flagship Greenwich, Connecticut store. Briana is currently working on a new photography project on yoga.

 

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 Sattriya Dancers 2 | Uttar Kamalabari Satra, Majuli, Assam 2010

 

To see more of Briana’s work, visit her website. For sales inquiries, visit

Payal Arts International.

 

About Briana: Briana Blasko is a San Francisco-born portrait photographer who studied at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Before moving to India in 2008, she lived in New York for twelve years and photographed contemporary dance for the New York Times. Briana Blasko’s photographs have appeared in numerous publications and have been exhibited in India at the Vadehra Art Gallery, Prince of Wales Museum, Kaladham and abroad. Her work in New York has been exhibited at Donna Karan’s Urban Zen, Skirball Center for the Arts, Dance New Amsterdam, Artist’s Space, and Pelham Arts Center. Dance of the Weave, published by Penguin Books India was released in December 2013 in India and launched in New York at the Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center in 2014.

 

About the Author: Payal S. Parekh is a nationally certified Vinyasa-based yoga teacher and received her 200-hour training from Exhale, New York. She is currently enrolled as a student in an accelerated Urban Zen Integrative Therapy training at Yoga Shanti, New York. Payal is also a New York based art entrepreneur. She is a private dealer, curator and art advisor. After having worked with leading galleries in the city, she founded Payal Arts International, an art consultancy practice dedicated to showcasing artists as well as advising new art enthusiasts and seasoned art collectors. Ms. Parekh specializes in photography and contemporary art, with a focus on talent inspired by India. She graduated with a BA in Art History from Mount Holyoke College and received an MA specializing in Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute, London. Ms. Parekh has appeared in Vogue India, December 2010; Wallpaper, 2012; and Harper’s Bazaar India, March 2014.

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