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Erasing Borders: Workshops/Panels, Day 1

Sheetal Gandhi, featured in the 2:00 pm event.

"Erasing Borders: Festival of Indian Dance strikes me as the best new arrival on this city's dance scene in the last two years..."'New York Times

Asia Society and the Indo-American Arts Council present a cutting-edge dance festival that celebrates dancers and choreographers from the Indian diaspora. Two evenings of dance from traditional classical repertoire to new contemporary post-modern work and two days of panels, workshops, and demonstrations.

Comparative Workshop:
Angika: The Dance Body
Saturday, June 5, 12:00 ' 1:30 pm

Experience and explore the body position and usage of feet, hands, eyes, neck in three classical movement forms: Bharatanatyam, Odissi, and Kalaripayattu (a martial art form).

Led by: Mesma S. Belsare (Bharatanatyam), Shipra Mehrotra (Odissi), and Sridhar Shanmugam (Kalarippayattu).

Limited space available. Open to all.

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Vachika: Talking Dance
Saturday, June 5, 2:00 ' 3:30 pm

One of the most exciting elements of Indian dance is how it incorporates chanted poems and vocalized rhythmic syllables. Dancers demonstrate how, and discuss why, they use spoken sound and word in current work.

Presenters: Cynthia Lee, Parul Shah, Rajika Puri, Sheetal Gandhi

Moderator: Elise Thoron
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Mathematics of Rhythm II
Saturday, June 5, 4:00 ' 5:30 pm

How do mathematics and rhythm intersect? A fascinating discussion and demonstration of the Indian systems of rhythms, Carnatic, and Hindustani, and the mathematical process of composition.

Presenters: Balaskandan (Carnatic percussion), Mythili Prakash (Bharatanatyam), Prerana Deshpande (Kathak), Smruti Patel Jani (Mathematics professor and choreographer)
Moderator: Prachi Dalal
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Complete festival information

Special offer: Buy tickets to all three Erasing Borders panels; attend "Kutcheri-Mehfil: Cushion Conversations" for FREE.
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Event Details

Sat 5 Jun 2010
8:00am - 2:30pm

725 Park Avenue, New York, NY

$5 Asia Society and IAAC members; $7 students with ID/seniors; $10 nonmembers.