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March 18, 2014 > Dance company marks debut with ÔCourageÕ

Dance company marks debut with ÔCourageÕ

Submitted By Abhinaya Dance Company

Abhinaya Indian Dance Company announces their upcoming performance of ÒCourageÓ featuring AbhinayaÕs Associate Artistic Director and Principal Dancer Rasika Kumar. This 90-minute solo Bharatanatyam Indian classical dance with five vignettes depicts the resilience of the human spirit. ÒCourageÓ takes place Sunday, March 30 at the Indian Community Center in Milpitas.

Mythili Kumar founded the Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose in 1980 to present innovative and professional-quality performances of South Indian classical dance. Through rhythmic movements and stylized gestures, stories from Hindu mythology are retold in classical dance drama format. Abhinaya is a leading multi-cultural organization in the South Bay, known both for its adherence to tradition as well as its innovative multi-cultural collaborations.

ÒWe are extremely proud and excited to perform in Milpitas, a community with more than 60 percent Asian heritage,Ó said Kumar. ÒThe performance is in partnership with India Community Center in Milpitas to provide Indian Americans residing in the Fremont-Milpitas region access to a professional classical dance concert which draws not only from Hindu mythology, but also American history, and current world events.Ó

The concert will be enhanced by live music ensemble of young musicians including Malavika Kumar (nattuvangam), Sindhu Natarajan (vocals), Ganesh Ramnarayanan (mridangam), Sruti Sarathy (violin), and Prasant Radhakrishnan (saxophone).

Rasika Kumar will portray a devadasi (temple dancer) who refuses to abandon her art; a young woman, Savitri, who challenges Yama (the Hindu god of Death); Rosa Parks, who ignites a national movement with a simple act of defiance; Japanese citizens rebuilding their lives after a devastating tsunami; and finally, the Hindu monkey-god Hanuman who epitomizes bravery and strength.

Hailed as ÒAmong the best of this second generation of Indian dancers,Ó Rasika Kumar is a Bharatanatyam performer and choreographer, traditional but with contemporary sensibilities. Rasika learned Bharatanatyam from her mother Mythili Kumar, Artistic Director of Abhinaya Dance Company (ADC), and continued her training under several renowned teachers from Chennai, India. Since 2005, Rasika has been a featured soloist, principal dancer, and choreographer for many ADCÕs performance seasons. Her choreography has been featured in several prestigious venues including the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, SF WestWave Festival, and sjDANCEcoÕs ChoreoProject Awards series and has earned her an Arts Council of Silicon Valley Performing Arts Fellowship (2008).

Tickets are $15 general and $10 student/senior; ICC members receive a $2 discount per ticket. Tickets can be purchased online at http://abhinaya.org/ or at the door.

Courage
Sunday, Mar 30
4 p.m.
India Community Center
525 Los Coches St., Milpitas
(408) 871-5959
www.abhinaya.org
Tickets: $15 general, $10 student/senior

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