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World Music Institute
Dancing with the gods

April 22, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - April 23, 2017 @ 11:00 pm

dancing with the gods

World Music Institute announces the 6th annual presentation of Dancing the Gods. The two-day festival at Symphony Space features some of the world's most exquisite performers of Indian classical dance.

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), the World Music Institute's annual Dancing the Gods festival returns for its sixth season. Audiences can expect spectacular shows, lec-dems, and chat & chai artist receptions.
When & where
Saturday April 22, 2017 @ 8pm Neena Prasad
Sunday April 23, 2017 @ 7pm Sanjukta Sinha
Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway
New York

Tickets $35-$40
Saturday April 22 - Neena Prasad
Bringing deep emotional power to the graceful Mohiniyattam form
Pre-show Lec-Dem with Festival co-curator Rajika Puri at 7:00 p.m.
Post-performance "Chat & Chai" with the artists
Sunday April 23 - Sanjukta Sinha
One of India's leading Kathak artists, rooted yet modern
Pre-show Lec-Dem with Festival co-curator Rajika Puri at 6:00 p.m.
Post-performance "Chat & Chai" with the artists

Neena Prasad is considered one of the leading representatives of the Mohiniyattam dance form, performing at the most prestigious dance festivals in India and abroad. Her program of original works includes a piece on Amrapali, a famed royal courtesan of the 6th century BCE who became one of the Buddha's inner circle of preacher monks. Neena is accompanied by composer-vocalist Madhavan Nampoothiri, percussionist Ramesh Babu and violinist Padmanabha.

Neena Prasad is a rare blend of successful academic and superb performing artist. She has been at the forefront of change in Mohiniyattam, with her innovative techniques and stylistic approach. Her performances have won enthusiastic acclaim in India’s artistic circuits and she has also been the recipient of distinguished awards from the Kerala Sangeeth Academy and Madras Music Academy.
One of India’s leading Kathak artists of her generation, and a stellar disciple of the legendary Kumudini Lakhia, Sanjukta Sinha is known for her technical expertise and immense artistry. Rooted yet modern, Sanjukta aims to create a new idiom of Kathak as a performing art, one that is an arresting blend of the traditional and contemporary.
Angika, Journeys in Love, choreographed by Ms. Lakhia—and including music by the renowned Gundecha brothers—is a suite of dances that explores Sufi concepts of love of the divine. Sanjukta takes us from hope and longing to anguish and joy on a journey that is both contemporary and eternal.




April 22, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
April 23, 2017 @ 11:00 pm
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