Monday, November 22, 2010

Aerial dancing with Project Bandaloop

Golconda fort in Hyderabad is breathtaking! It is a magnificent monument, grand and majestic and fortunately preserved brilliantly in spite of being more than 4 centuries old. I have been to the fort countless times, with every relative visiting Hyderabad for the first time, and each time I go I marvel at it.

Now lets talk about Project Bandaloop! Banda what you say? Yes, thats their name and they are a incredible aerial dancing troupe, out of Oakland, California. And last week, they performed a mind blowing aerial dance with the Golconda fort as their backdrop! Their mind numbing aerial twists and somersaults, their jaw dropping spins and their "on the edge of your seat" aerial gymnastic had the audience gasping! I so wish I had gone but my allergies kept me from going anywhere, and it was a free performance to boot!

Here are some images of their daily practice sessions while they were here last week! The absolutely gorgeous, tightly toned women remind me of Turkish whirling dervishes and Spanish flamenco dancers, with their grace and fluidity. These pics will amaze you.......












You can read more about them here, and click on the link below to see a video of their aerial dancing:
Project Bandaloop » Demo Reel

Image credits: First pic via, all others via.

10 comments:

The Ketchup Girl said...

Good God, Kamini, why didn't these things happen when I was there, all those years? :(
Can only imagine how spectacular it might have been to watch them. Lucky, lucky you :)

purplehomes said...

this is so out of the world! oh...to be able to attend this!

GB said...

Wow! I've been to the fort once and absolutely loved it!

Sorry to hear about your allergies--do you take any medications?

Concrete Jungle said...

Beyond gorgeous the world is a wonderful place!

Patricia Torres said...

Oh my gosh.. so so amazing!! Now.. Hyderabad is definitely a place I want to visit.. for sure!! *sigh* You live here.. Dont complain about the temperature.. You are so so blessed!! :-)

Sound Horn Please said...

I've been to the fort a few times and I've loved every visit! What a lovely backdrop to showcase their art.

SuhaelAmrita said...

I grew up in Hyderabad for a bit and we had countless visits to Golconda Fort... How I wish this would have been part of the viewers plan!!!

This post of yours calls for a fresh n special visit to the city...

Rekha said...

Breathtaking! Hopefully I'll visit the place soon..

Kunal Bhatia said...

Oh WOW! this looks brilliant - architecture mixes with dance mixes with acrobatics. such a potent way to tell a story, and it'll make an amazing performance!

charu said...

Amazing.. would love to watch the live performance..thanks for sharing kamini.