We look forward to more programming in 2021. In January, we presented a new Baithak Series performance with two classically trained dancers with two different styles of Indian classical dance.
Our first dancer, Aneri Seth (@aneri_1711)was Mohini Attam dancer from Mumbai, India. Aneri has been training under Smt. Mandakini Trivedi (@mandakini.trivedi) at Nateshvari Dance Gurukul. Aneri has helped her Guru with various dance workshops, few of them being at Shaktiyogashram, Whistling Woods, FTII, Sanger Mahabharata, and NCPA. Along with performing and learning, Aneri is also an assistant teacher at Nateshvari. Next, taking the Instagram Live stage, was Sophia Salingaros (@sophiasalingaros, a Bharatanatyam dancer born in San Antonio, Texas. Sophia has trained in Bharatanatyam under the guidance of Guru Dr. Sreedhara Akkihebbalu from the age of nine. She has given numerous solo performances in the US and abroad, notably at Narada Gana Sabha under the auspices of Kartik Fine Arts and Vipanchee Arts Festival, Chennai. Sophia has studied intensively with Smt. Rama Vaidyanathan (@ramavaidyanathan) and has performed in her international tours of ‘Vivartana’. She is an ICCR Empaneled Artist, 2013 YoungArts Finalist, and 2017-2018 IndianRaga Fellow. Recently graduated from Columbia University with a chemistry degree, she passionately continues her pursuit of dance.
In February, we will continue our Baithak Series with Kasi Ayosala, and also in February, Leela Art Club will resume Madubani Painting classes. Into the spring, we look forward to a talk and demonstration on Aesthetics of Indian classical dance presented by Sangeet Natak Akademi Award recipient, Mandakini Trivedi. Trivedi is a dancer, scholar, choreographer and the Creative Head of Nateshvari Dance Gurukul.
This summer, the Legacy Series will present poet editor and anthologist, Kala Ramesh discussing Haiku, an experiential form of poetry that has its origins in Japan. We really can't wait to have the opportunity to share this unique perspective on this wonderful literary art.
Keep checking back as more programming is expected this spring including a six session workshop on Aesthetics of Indian Dance by Mandakini Trivedi and more.