This is Ganesha, in Hinduism, he’s the beloved son of the Gods Shiva and Parvati and a very good problem solver.

Detail: Indian Dancing Ganesha
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You might go to him when you have a big test or need help with a problem. Who do you go to when you need help?

Symbols

Notice he has an elephant’s head. Elephants are the strongest animals and Ganesha’s strength helps him be such a good problem solver. He also holds objects like (specifics here!)

  • A scarf
  • A serpent
  • Sweets and a Lotus

Dancing

Ganesha is dancing here. Try to pose like him…how long can you hold it?
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In India, traditional music and dancing is a form of celebration. Dancers hold their arms and hands in different positions known as mudras. These gestures have specific meanings and allow dancers to be storytellers through dances.

This dance style is called Odissi and originated from the Indian state of Orissa. Deblina and Himadri are telling a story of Lord Krishana. They are showing that he decorates his crown with peacock feathers and saying “look at his beauty.”

Odissi dancers


Courtesy Nritya School of Bharathanatyam and Music, Dancers Kanishka, Stuthi, Saritha, Aishwarya, Snehe and Shalika, Musicians: Latha, Hema, Priya, Ganesh and Shiva

Some dance styles emerged from rural areas in India. People in villages danced to celebrate births, weddings, and many other special occasions. Several dance schools in Kansas City teach Bollywood, Folk Dance and Classical Dance. Students practice for years to master the dance styles.