Free South Indian Classical Dance And Music Saturday

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YMCA News:

The Los Alamos Family YMCA invites you to a FREE performance of South Indian classical dance and music 4:30-6 p.m. Saturday, April 18 at the Chamisa Elementary School gymnasium in White Rock.

Kavita Nandakishore is a South Indian classical dancer who has been living and teaching her art in Los Alamos since 2007, in addition to participating in the Annual Dances of India charity show this year. This year, Nandakishore, her students and guest artists will showcase their talents in an exclusive show dedicated to South Indian classical dance form called Bharatanatyam and a South Indian classical music form called Carnatic music.

Bharatanatyam originated in the temples of the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu and is mentioned in texts dating back to the beginning of the common era. Bharatanatyam aims to convey ideas and mythological stories to its audience  by a combination of rhythmic dance movements and mime or dancing with a dramatic aspect. Dancers participating in the show will be Kavita Nandakishore, Anagha Dandekar, Harshini Mukundan, Sruthi Garimella and Neha Sadasivan.

Bharatnatyam is often accompanied by live Carnatic music performed by vocalists, percussionists and other instruments but this form of music is a highly evolved art form in its own right. Carnatic music involves a rigorous framework of scales and meters but with great freedom for improvisation and interplay between the performers. Saturday’s performance will feature a short solo performance by LANL postdoc, Harsha Nagarajan, who is an emerging but highly sought after artist in the North American Indian music scene as well as live music by Gowri Srinivasan and Malathi Krishnamurthy as accompaniment to some dances.
 
Admission is free and light refreshments will be available after the show. 
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