566 LaGuardia Place
New York City, New York 10012

World Music Institute presents

Dancing the Gods: Bharata Natyam
Rama Vaidyanathan

Friday, October 28, 2011 8:00 PM
NYU Skirball Center
566 LaGuardia Place @ Washington Square South

Rama Vaidyanathan is one of the leading interpreters of Bharata Natyam, the great classical dance form of South India characterized by complex footwork, abstract movements, and elaborate mime. A disciple of the legendary dancer Yamini Krishnamurty and Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan, Rama has evolved her own distinctive style that is deeply rooted in tradition. She is one of the most sought after dancers of her generation, lauded for her exquisite performances over the past 20 years.In this program, which marks her New York debut, she will be accompanied by a live ensemble.

“fire power and ebullience, athleticism and rhythmic prowess” – The Hindu, Delhi
Made possible in part with support from the Anupam & Rajika Puri Foundation.

Pre-concert lec-dem for ticket holders:
"Illuminating Indian Dance" with dancer/storyteller Rajika Puri, and guest dancers Malini Srinivasan, Kadhambari Sridhar, and Donia Salem
Learn about the hand gestures, foot rhythms, melodies, and facial expressions of classical Indian dance – and see the stylistic differences in three Indian temple forms: Bharata Natyam, Kuchipudi, and Odissi. Meet the deities, beloved by Indians, who are described and even directly addressed in the dances.
Lec-dem begins at 7pm and will last approx 30 minutes.

For more info: http://wminyc.org/event.php?id=1193 or 212-545-7536

Added by World Music Institute on October 21, 2011