India has a diverse range of classical performing arts, including music, dance and theater. A majority of these art forms have roots in an ancient text called the Natya Shastra believed to have been written between 200 AD and 200 BC in Sanskrit. It is the oldest surviving text in the world on stagecraft.
The SF Bay Area is fortunate to have many of these art forms represented. This program will feature four classical dance forms—Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Odissi and Mohiniattam. They will be presented as solo performances by Kavita Thirumalai, Gauri Bhatnagar and Bindu Pratap to pre-recorded music.
Kavita Thirumalai is an ardent student of Bharatanatyam and most recently trained under Smt. Vidhya Subramanian. She has four unique solo dance productions that have been staged in many prestigious venues. She is a regular performer in the Chennai Dance Season with performances in several leading arts organizations in the city. She is an active member in several organizations in the Bay Area serving the Indian dance community and has recently co-curated a day-long festival called IDIA.
Gauri Bhatnagar started her Kathak journey at the age of six. In 2009, she auditioned for the Chitresh Das Youth Company and was accepted in the elite pre-professional youth company where she trained directly under Pandit Chitresh Das and senior disciple Charlotte Moraga for 10 years. She has performed at many prestigious festivals and venues such as Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, a tour to Toronto where she performed at the Harbourfront Theatre and several tours to Los Angeles to name a few. Gauri has recently performed solo to a sold-out house and standing ovation in Palo Alto. She is also on the teaching staff at the Chitresh Das Institute.
Smt. Bindu Pratap, disciple of Meera Nambiar who mastered from the renowned Padmabhushan Dhananjayans and Kalamandalam Kalyanikutty Amma, is an accomplished dancer, choreographer and teacher and the founder and artistic director of Nritanjali Dance Academy, one of the leading dance schools in the Bay Area. She has been cultivating artists in two of the South Indian divine dance forms, Bharatanatyam and Mohiniyattam, for the past eleven years. Her pure blend of the Kalamandalam and Kalakshetra style, emphasizing Natya (dance), Abhinaya (expressions) and Lasya (grace), captivates the audience and renders a rich classical experience.
Bindu has performed internationally on several prestigious multi-cultural platforms, and the students of Nritanjali have been the recipients of innumerable awards locally and internationally, including the famous National YoungArts Foundation, World Arts West festival in San Francisco and the prestigious Cleveland Thyagaraja Festival. Apart from staging many classical performances including SIFA, Bindu and her team were fortunate to be a part of the theatrical productions One In Eleven, Sahanarthana and Sense Beyond—a musical extravaganza by Guru Madurai R. Muralidharan. One of her productions, Dakshina, has been widely acclaimed in the Bay Area as a part of celebrating Nritanjali's ten years of success. Recently, Nritanjali conducted a major dance fundraiser, Samanya, for Voice of a Child along with supporting many other charitable fundraising events including Chennai Flood Relief, Odisha, OSAAT and Berkeley Asha Foundation. Nritanjali has been affiliated with Potti Sreeramulu University, India through University of Silicon Andhra since 2017 to offer academic programs in Bharatanatyam.
Shalini Patnaik was born and brought up in California, and has been extensively trained in Odissi dance since the age of 7. Her instruction has entailed frequent visits to India to study at the Orissa Dance Academy in Bhubaneswar, Odisha, and through intense study with resident teachers of the Academy in San Diego. Shalini has performed and worked on choreography projects with Madonna, Ricky Martin, Anoushka Shankar and most recently Trevor Hall at Red Rocks in Colorado.
Shalini has presented Odissi at numerous Indian events, temples, multicultural festivals, conventions, museums, libraries, universities, senior centers and dance festivals in the US. She has been featured, along with her sisters, on television as well as in local and national newspapers. Some of these publications include Dance Magazine in New York, Yoga Journal, Hinduism Today, India Today, The Union Tribune, In Style and Bazaar.
Monthly Music at Noon concerts include a delicious hot buffet lunch before the concert.
Daytime Adult Learning and Culture Programs are made possible in part by the John R. Schwabacher Family as well as a grant from the Maimonides Fund at the Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund. We are grateful for their generous support.
Need a ride? The OFJCC provides door-to-door rides for mobility-impaired seniors to all Community Tuesday lectures and concerts. The price is $10 for a round trip with the Community Tuesdays punch card. All reservations must be made by Thursday morning the week before the event. To make a reservation, contact Betty Saad at [email protected] or (650) 223-8741. Funded by the Senior Mobility Initiative at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.
Tuesday, September 10
12:00–1:30 PM | Early admittance at 11:40 AM for those who RSVP by September 8
People without an RSVP allowed in if space permits
Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
$25 or two punches of the Community Tuesdays Punch Card. Pay at the door.
Contact: Michelle Rosengaus | (650) 223-8616 | [email protected]