Asia Society and Sanskriti Center Present Renowned Dancer Malavika Sarukkai

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Inspired by her devotion to the Ganga River, Malavika Sarukkai, a master of the Bharata Natyam dance style, will present her solo choreography Ganga – Nitya Vaahini – The Eternal River that at once traverses physical terrain and metaphysical spaces. Accompanied by live music, Sarukkai‟s performance on Saturday, March 12, at 8:00 p.m., will explore the Ganges as a mythic river and as a river of life coursing through the plains of India. The company includes Murali Parthasarathy (vocals), Srilatha (Nattuvangam), M.S. Sukhi (percussion), Sai Shravanam (table), Srilakshmi Venkataramani (violin), Saroja Kamakshi (artistic director) and K. Murugan (lights).

Sarukkai, who is considered one of the most important and innovative dance artists in India, will participate in a discussion on Sunday, March 13 at 3:00 p.m., exploring the future of Indian dance as an authentic voice of both traditional and contemporary expression of India today. She will be joined by Rachel Cooper, Director of Cultural Programs and Performing Arts at Asia Society and Swati Bhise, President of Sanskriti Center.

The full press release is attached below. 

Photo, above: Malavika Sarukkai. Photo Credit: Brian Slater, Birmingham Dance Festival