From Southeast Asia to Africa and the Caribbean, music and dance mark celebrations, offer outlets for mourning and speak to us in universal languages. The video above is Bharatanatyam dance, which has Hindu origins, and is now practiced by Hindus and non-Hindus alike for its beauty and story telling capabilities.
A compelling article in the Huffington Post asked “In tough economic times, it is hard to justify large expenditures on art — or is it?” In the article, one sculptor says, “Art holds up a type of mirror that, through probing, reminds us of who we are and what we believe. That’s a bargain at any price.” Physical art, dance, theatre, singing - what does it do for our souls?
Check out Explore.org’s music and dance related grant projects across the globe, and other favorite photos of ours from the Christian Science Monitor’s “Photo of the Day”: Like this fantastic colorful one in Taiwan , an Olympic celebration in London, or South African children celebrating Nelson Mandela’s (Mandiba!) 94th birthday this past Wednesday.