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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
INDO-AMERICAN ARTS COUNCIL PRESENTS ITS TENTH ANNUAL
ERASING BORDERS FESTIVAL OF INDIAN DANCE
August 13-15, 2017
To RSVP, and for more information and photographs: Suman Gollamudi
suman.gn@outlook.com 917.623.9604


NEW YORK JUNE 26TH, 2017: The Indo-American Arts Council is excited to announce the final lineup for the IAAC's Tenth Annual Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance, consisting of an INDOOR concert: August 14th 7-9 pm - an OUTDOOR concert: August 15, 7-9 pm preceded by a day of WORKSHOPS: August 13th, 10:30am - 4:30pm.
INDOOR CONCERT: August 14th, 2017 7:00pm-9:00pm.
Schimmel Center, Pace University, 3 Spruce Street, NYC
This year’s program highlights the many ways in which Indian dancers ‘play’ with tradition by adapting their music and costumes to produce works that express a 21st century aesthetic which is yet embedded in tradition.

VIRAJA and SHYAMJITH KIRAN trained in Bharatanatyam - as well as Yoga and Kalaripayattu - at the renowned Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai, where they were part of the Repertory company. Their duo recitals are comprised of works that reveal the potential inventiveness embedded in Indian dance tradition.

ASHWINI RAMASWAMY trained by renowned exponent of Bharatanatyam Alarmel Valli, has toured throughout the US, Russia, Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, the U.K, and India, as member of the acclaimed Ragamala Dance Company of Minneapolis. She was last seen in a solo traditional recital at Drive East Festival 2015, since when she has been developing the evolving work, ‘Nocturne’.

KALANIDI DANCE captivates its audiences with group works that take Kuchipudi in new and exciting directions. Under the direction of award-winning artist Anuradha Nehru, the company performs regularly in the US and around the world, and has often worked with non-traditional music. Its recent collaboration with Opera LaFayette in Lalla Roukh (2013) and Gods of Egypt (2014) incorporated Kuchipudi into western opera – to considerable critical acclaim.

PARUL SHAH is an internationally acclaimed Kathak dancer and choreographer who has been presented at major venues around the world, including NY City Center’s ‘Fall for Dance Festival’, the Kennedy Center, Asia Society (NY), Jacobs Pillow Festival’s ‘Inside/Out’ series, World Music Institute’s ‘Dancing the Gods’ as well as the Japan Forum Foundation (Tokyo) and Suvarna Parva (Ahmedabad, India). Her choreography focuses on social activism, giving voice to those whose have been muted.
Tickets on sale July 1, 2017 at http://www.iaac.us/IAAC_dance_fest2017/Schedule-Performances-Indoors.htm
Chief Guests for this evening: Consul General, Mrs. Riva Ganguly Das of India, and the Provost of Pace University, Dr. Uday Sukhatme.

OUTDOOR CONCERT: August 15th, 2017 7:00-9:00pm. Robert Wagner Jr Park, Battery Park City, hosted by The Battery Dance Festival
This year the IAAC is pleased to present at it's OUTDOOR concert on August 15th - which is also the 70th Anniversary of India's Independence - a range of dance forms from around India.

VIRAJA and SHYAMJITH KIRAN
trained in Bharatanatyam - as well as Yoga and Kalaripayattu - at the renowned Kalakshetra Foundation, Chennai, where they were part of the Repertory company. Their duo recitals are comprised of works that reveal the potential inventiveness embedded in Indian dance tradition.

SRUTHI MOHAN (Mohiniyattam)
began training in Mohiniyattam with Kalamandalam Ashokan at the age of 12 and has, since, performed on various stages all over India, the Middle East and USA. Deeply involved in the spiritual – and cultural - life of Austin, TX, she dedicates her own art life to dancing within temples and at select sacred festivals.

DIMPLE SAIKIA (Assamese Sattriya & Ankia Naat)
began learning Sattriya dance from her father, Guru Gobinda Saikia, at the age of 7 and has been performing for the last twenty years on TV and at dance festivals all over India. Her winsome personality and deep entrenchment in Assamese music, dance and storytelling give us an entrancing entry to this land of northeastern India.

AAKANSHA MAHESHWARI and MALINI TANEJA (Rajasthani folk)
both trained in Indian folk and popular forms like Rajasthani Kalbelia and Bollywood dance, were first grounded in classical Bharatanatyam. They are also part of the hugely popular ‘Festival of Colors’ that tours many western states.

KALAMANDIR DANCE (Contemporary Indian)
is a NY-based contemporary dance ensemble that uses the vocabulary of classical Indian dance – as well as Western dance traditions - to explore new spaces of artistic expression. The movement language for their works is developed as a collective effort that aims to communicate across cultures.

KALANIDHI DANCE (Kuchipudi)
Under the direction of award-winning artist Anuradha Nehru, Kalanidhi Dance captivates with exquisite performances that push Kuchipudi in new and exciting directions.

This event is free to the public.
For more information and for latest updates, please visit http://www.iaac.us/IAAC_dance_fest2017/index.htm

WORKSHOPS: August 13th, 2017 10:30 AM-4:30 PM. Pace University Studios, 140 Williams Street, NYC. For those who would like to explore the dance forms represented in this festival, dance workshops in the more unusual forms like Kalbelia, Sattriya, and Mohiniyattam will be offered at the PACE UNIVERSITY STUDIOS, 140 Williams Street (enter on Fulton St), NYC, on August 13, 2017. Tickets on sale July 1, 2017 at http://www.iaac.us/IAAC_dance_fest2017/Schedule-Workshops-August13.htm

About the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC):  Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) supports all the artistic disciplines in classical, fusion, folk and innovative forms influenced by the arts of India. We work cooperatively with colleagues around the United States to broaden our collective audiences and to create a network for shared information, resources and funding. Our focus is to help artists and art organizations in North America as well as to facilitate artists from India to exhibit, perform and produce their work here. The IAAC is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. For further information please visit www.iaac.us
 
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IAAC's Tenth Annual Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
INDO-AMERICAN ARTS COUNCIL PRESENTS ITS TENTH ANNUAL
ERASING BORDERS FESTIVAL OF INDIAN DANCE
August 13-15, 2017
To RSVP, and for more information and photographs: Suman Gollamudi. suman.gn@outlook.com 917.623.9604
 
The Indo-American Arts Council is delighted to announce
IAAC's Tenth Annual Erasing Borders Festival of Indian Dance, consisting of an
INDOOR concert: August 14th 7-9 pm - an OUTDOOR concert: August 15, 7-9 pm preceded by a day of WORKSHOPS: August 13th, 10:30am - 4:30pm
 
INDOOR CONCERT: August 14th, 2017 7:00pm-9:00pm.
Schimmel Center, Pace University, 3 Spruce Street, NYC.
 
This year’s program highlights the many ways in which Indian dancers ‘play’ with tradition by adapting their music and costumes to produce works that express a 21st century aesthetic which is yet embedded in tradition. The evening moves from the elegant choreography of the Bharatanatyam duo, Viraja Mandhre and Shyamjith Kiran to the brilliant Parul Shah’s contemporary Kathak accompanied by live music. In between: Bharatanatyam dancer Ashwini Ramaswamy in a solo excerpt from her evolving new work, Nocturne, and members of Kalanidhi Dance in a group dance from the opera Lalla Roukh (by Félicien David) choreographed for Opera Lafayette by Anuradha Nehru.
Tickets on sale July 1, 2017 at www.iaac.us
 
Chief Guests for this evening: Consul General, Mrs. Riva Ganguly Das of India, and the Provost of Pace University, Dr. Uday Sukhatme.
 
OUTDOOR CONCERT: August 15th, 2017 7:00-9:00pm. Robert Wagner Jr Park, Battery Park City, hosted by The Battery Dance Festival
This year the IAAC is pleased to present at it's OUTDOOR concert on August 15th - which is also the 70th Anniversary of India's Independence - a range of dance forms from around India. From the south: Bharatanatyam, Mohiniyattam, Kathakali and Kuchipudi; the east: the Sattriya Nritya of Assam; and from central India: Rajasthani folk dances including that of the famous tribe of Kalbelia snake charmers.
Works range from traditional invocations to deities – even the revered serpent – to one in which a group of younger dancers expresses ‘Why they Dance.
This event is free to the public.

For more information and for latest updates, please visit http://www.iaac.us/IAAC_dance_fest2017/index.htm
 
WORKSHOPS: August 13th, 2017 10:30 AM-4:30 PM. Pace University Studios, 140 Williams Street, NYC.
For those who would like to explore the dance forms represented in this festival, dance workshops in the more unusual forms like Kalbelia, Sattriya, and Mohiniyattam will be offered at the PACE UNIVERSITY studios, 140 Williams Street (enter on Fulton St), NYC, on August 13, 2017. Tickets on sale July 1, 2017 at www.iaac.us

About the Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC)
 supports all the artistic disciplines in classical, fusion, folk and innovative forms influenced by the arts of India. We work cooperatively with colleagues around the United States to broaden our collective audiences and to create a network for shared information, resources and funding. Our focus is to help artists and art organizations in North America as well as to facilitate artists from India to exhibit, perform and produce their work here. The IAAC is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law. For further information please visit www.iaac.us
 

  
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