A dance sequence from the movie "The River". She was trained by her aunt Rukmini Devi Arundale, who is responsible for bringing the Bharata Natyam Dance to the modern times. Today, almost every young girl in India wants to learn the dance and the popularity is evident from the fact that almost in every major city in the USA, there are one or more Indian dance schools.

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Comment by Charles Cosimano on June 30, 2009 at 1:08pm
Radha's dancing was wonderful. Her acting was horrible, but then so was everyone else's in that movie.
Comment by David Wright on June 30, 2009 at 6:41am
Joking is very important because true laughter is asbout the only thing that will heal the disharmonious body until the Cosmic Being within that body begins to emerge and cue the resident thereof that all beings have the potential to heal themselves. I would travel countless miles through the desert to witness Radha Burnier's Dance. Have A Blessed Day.

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Comment by M K Ramadoss on June 21, 2009 at 1:21pm
The full movie is on youtube. Anyone want to view it? I can post the URL.
Comment by Charles Cosimano on June 21, 2009 at 1:16pm
I have a good, funny story about The River, or at least a showing of it. Back in the 90s, they showed the movie at Summer School. Now, for some reason that particular Summer School was very small and very boring. In fact the few of us that were there would sit on the terrace at Olcott and wonder among ourselves what we were even doing there.

Anyway, one night they showed The River. Now, as a movie, it is not the great work of art it is claimed to be, it is a nice, gentle story with some interesting filmography. Unfortunately it has Radha trying to act and that became the comic relief for the entire Summer School. There is a point in the film where she is asked if she would marry an American, to which she replies, "I don't understand them."

I could not resist it. I burst out with, "And she still doesn't!" which had everyone in the auditorium laughing so hard that no one heard the next three minutes of the movie. I don't think we could have heard the wrath of Jehovah over John Algeo's roaring. Anyway, after the movie was over, another member said, "It's a good thing she could dance. She sure as hell couldn't act."

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