May seems to be shaping up to be Community Performance month. Coming up on May 11th, Chhandika will be delighted to participate in the International Night festivities at the Peirce Elementary School in Arlington, MA. Five young kathakas ages 7 to 8 will perform the story of Kaliya Daman–young Krishna battling the water serpent Kaliya–with choreography by Pandit Chitresh Das. Following them will be three members of the Chhandika Youth Ensemble performing a version of the Hamsadhwani Tarana, composed by George Ruckert and choreographed by Gretchen Hayden.
On May 19th, two performances will be taking place, one in Marlboro, MA, and one in New York City. May 19th is Hindu Heritage Day in Massachusetts, and members of Chhandika’s Youth Ensemble will perform a cultural event put on by the World Hindu Council of America.
At the same time, dancers Ashyka Dave and Dien Magno, students of Pandit Chitresh Das, as well as Shefali Jain, a student of Gretchen Hayden, will be dancing at the New York Dance Parade and Festival at Tompkins Square Park. This is a massive, dazzling and uplifting event, free to the public. Anyone in NYC is urged to go catch some beats that day!
No kathak in this short clip, but what a celebration of dance!
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