Eloquent and intense facial expressions with graceful and flowing movements that evokes rasa-anubhuti (aesthetic experience) are the characteristics of Bindu Rajendren’s Mohiniattam performances. As a performing artiste Bindu’s strength is in her abhinaya (art of expression) and her intense story telling abilities. At the centre of Bindu’s dance practices is the elemental spiritual connection through Bhava (Sentiment) and Bhakti (Devotion).
For over 17 years Bindu trained under the skilful tutelage of Shri Kalamandalam Mohan in Bharatanatyam, Mohiniattam and Kuchipudi. However in the last few years Bindu has chosen to specialise and pursue advance training in Mohiniattam, a feminine dance style from Kerala from Natya Sudha Dance School and Company under the esteemed guidance of her Guru; internationally renowned Mohiniattam and Kathakali danseuse Smt Tara Rajkumar OAM. Under her Guru’s expert guidance Bindu continues to further her dance theoretical, performative, choreographic, emotive and expressive skills.
Bindu is also well trained in various Indian folk dance styles such as Rajasthani, Cheraw Dance and Kashmiri dances from Guru, Smt. Asha Singh.
In addition to local and diasporic concerts in Australia, New Zealand and India, appearances at Woodford Folk Festival 2017-18, FIMDV 2017 (Melbourne), Dance Mela 2017 (Melbourne), Sangeet Mela 2016 (Brisbane), Taranaki International Arts festival in New Zealand and at the Real NZ Festival at the Rugby World Cup are some of Bindu’s notable performances. Her recent performances and dance workshop at Woodford Folk Festival 2017 (Queensland) was received with great commendations and praise. She has also performed as a guest dancer with Java Dance Company in their internationally acclaimed production ‘Back of the Bus’.
Her collaborative thematic production based on traditional Indian artistic concepts and elements, with four other Brisbane based artists ‘in pursuit of ETERNAL BLISS’ premeired in March 2018 to a full house and received a standing ovation.
Bindu is known for her contemporary and creative choreographic works such as Darshan, Dance of Kali, Jal Tarang and Ardhanareeshwaran that depicts socially relevant issues and incorporates elements from Indian classical dance styles, yoga and Kerala martial arts.
As a dance researcher Bindu has presented papers at various international academic dance conferences such as at the Dance and the Child International conference in Denmark, World Dance Alliance Conference in New Delhi and the Moving Communities Conference in New Zealand to name a few. She was also a Pecha Kucha presenter at the Taranaki International Arts Festival 2011 in New Zealand.
Bindu has over a decade of experience in teaching Indian classical and improvised dances based on Indian classical dances privately and through dance programs offered at schools, universities, art galleries and museums and at music and dance festivals. She has also taught at Queensland University of Technology within the Dance Studies department as a sessional academic.