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World Music Institute
Dancing the Gods

April 21 @ 8:00 pm - April 22 @ 11:00 pm


The World Music Institute's annual Dancing the Gods festival returns for its seventh season.

Hailed as “among the most probing and serious” Indian classical dance festivals (DanceTabs), with “a record of attracting some truly godlike dancers” (The New York Times). Audiences can expect spectacular shows, lec-dems, and chat & chai artist receptions.

Co-curated by Rajika Puri
When & where
April 21-22, 2018
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street
New York

Tickets $35-$40
Online tickets night one
Online tickets night two
April 21 Amrita Lahiri
Pre-Show Lec-Dem at 7 PM by co-curator Rajika Puri
Post-Show “Chat & Chai” reception with the performers
April 22 The Dancing Monks of Assam & Sattriya Dance Company
Pre-Show Lec-Dem at 6 PM by co-curator Rajika Puri
Post-Show “Chat & Chai” reception with the performers

Amrita Lahiri is widely recognized as one of the leading young performers of Kuchipudi today. Kuchipudi, an Indian classical dance form, has a lightness and dramatic quality that sets it apart from other styles. Amrita performs Kuchipudi from its traditional origins to its contemporary forms - she presents the beauty and joy of dance while maintaining the precision and soul of the Kuchipudi style, by combining the grace and light-footedness of Kuchipudi with a focus on depth of emotion and attention to aesthetics of movement, music, and content, for an altogether refined approach. Her dance performances and choreographies have been acclaimed for their elegance and dynamism.

Amrita will perform the US premiere of “Murchhana - The Spirit of Sangeet” which she created under the mentorship of Sharmila Biswas. She will be accompanied by live music.
Traveling from beautiful monasteries on the river island of Majuli and surrounding Assam in north-east India, the Dancing Monks perform Sattriya - a form of dance-drama cultivated as a way to worship in the monasteries of Assam. The monks dance to honor god Vishnu in his flute-playing Krishna incarnation, narrating playful, sensuous and fantastical episodes of his life, as recounted in the ancient epics. For centuries, Sattriya remained confined to the monasteries, where celibate monks practiced, nurtured and preserved it as part of their daily rituals. Women had little access to it until the mid-20th century. In 2000, the government of India incorporated the dance into its pantheon of classical arts. It is an unbroken, living tradition that includes drama, dance, song and a special form of choreographed yoga.

The Philadelphia-based Sattriya Dance Company was launched in 2009 by Mahdustima Bora and Perona Bhuyan 2009 with a mission to tell the story of and promote Sattriya, as well as raise awareness about Majuli and the sattras through performances, lecture demonstrations, and classes.

Together, they will perform the premiere of Sattriya: An odyssey of the spirit, choreographed by Bhabananda Barbayan.




April 21 @ 8:00 pm
April 22 @ 11:00 pm
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