(Last Updated on : 13/08/2015)
This Belgian Bharatanatyam dancer, Jetty Roels has studied dance (Laban, Graham) and mime (E. Decroux) as well as the Feldenkrais method. The 'Belgische Stichting Roeping' (Belgian Vocation Foundation) in the year 1969, conferred her an accolades in recognition her contribution in the field of Bharatanatyam. Jetty Roels made her first trip to Madras, an Indian city of art and cultural. At Madras she studied Bharata Natyam in the Dandayudhapani style along with Malathi Srinivasan. Her arangetram, i.e. first solo performance/final exam took place in the year 1981in Madras. Jetty Roels created a library committed to Indian classical dance, 'NATYAVEDA'. In the year 1988, she has organized a seminar on Indian classical dance in Gent. Jetty has published 'Hasta, the Hand Positions in Bharata Natyam' a book in association with M. Muylaert, Indologist. Jetty Roels has moved around through many regions of India and ideally revealed other dance forms, prevalent in India. She came in touch with other Indian dances, including Meitei (Manipur), Seraikella-chau (Bihar), Kathak, Sapora.
At many conferences and performances in a large number of schools, organisations, museums, and dance and yoga centres all over Belgium, she has demonstrated Indian classical dance at the recitals. She has impart knowledge to her students and also performed in many places all over the world like Belgium, Holland, France, Germany, Estonia, Austria, Morocco, India, Indonesia, Nepal Japan and Cambodia. Jetty has also studied dance in places like Myanmar, Tibet, Korea, Bali, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Presently she serves as the visiting professor of "Dance History" at the University of Gent. Since the year 1994, she has been organizing the arangetram and four of her students have presented their arangetram under her able guidance.