I was also struck by the concept of grace. Physical virtuosity was certainly in evidence (check out Bhavajan Kumar if you haven’t already), but the most sublime dancing was done by those who made it not just look, but feel effortless. Sattriya pulls the focus to the dancers’ hands, becoming their primary narrative element. Body positioning supports the tale woven by the hands. So simple, yet so graceful and effective. Within classical dance there’s much more attention to line, to the way a body moves through the space around it, and the way space itself interacts with the dancers and the dance. Beauty, and the definition of the beautiful, is the common currency amongst these forms. Occasionally the definition of beauty is stretched, and in one case today almost reversed, but grace remains an inherent component of dance and beauty. It’s a given that these dancers are strong, with an enormous amount of endurance. But the refinement of that power into the container of dance was a truly amazing thing to watch.