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International Expert To Perform Indian Classical Dance

Saroja Vaidyanathan
Saroja Vaidyanathan

A performance of an Indian classical dance, Bharatanatyam, will be held on Thurs., June 23, at 7 pm in the Kirby Ballroom. This event is free and open to the public and is suitable for all ages. Refreshments will be provided. This event is sponsored by UMD Commission on Women and the International Student Club.

Saroja Vaidyanathan, an internationally known expert of this dance form, will demonstrate different expressions and movements of the dance, which has a two-thousand-year-old tradition.

Bharatanatyam comes from the words: Bhava - Expression, Raga - Music, Tala - Rhythm, and Natya - Theatre. Its technique combines dance, music, pantomime, and yoga.

Nandini Bhowmick, a graduate student and teaching assistant in the Department of Education, said Vaidyanathan generates awareness for various social issues through her dance. “Her entire performance is set to the theme of empowerment of women,” said Bhowmick.

The dance is often referred to as the national dance of India and is accompanied by the classical Carnatic music. It is a popular Indian dance with its origin in the south Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

Vaidyanathan trained under the accomplished Guru Lalitha of Saraswati Gana Nilayam from the age of seven. She is the third generation disciple of the famous Guru Kattumannar Muthukumaran Pillai. She has also undergone training in Carnatic music under Professor P. Sambamoorthy at the Madras University. Vaidyanathan is one of the India's prominent Bharatantyam performers. She has been called an “intelligent and innovative choreographer.” Vaidyanathan operates the Ganesa Natyalaya Dance Institute in New Delhi.

Written by Christiana Kapsner,

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