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Dances from the Indian Raj at Shelter Theater

By Yaya Silva

Mother-daughter duo Anuradha Naimpally and Purna Bajekal, will offer classes and perform the beautiful Bharata Natyam classical dance of India and original contemporary pieces for the first time ever in San Miguel at Shelter Theater, March 28 and 29 at 7 pm and March 30 at 5pm. Based in Austin TX, Anuradha has been dancing worldwide for over 30 years, winning international acclaim for her stunning presentations. Her daughter, Purna, has been studying under her mother since she was six years old. Last year, their performance together was nominated for the prestigious “Best Duet Award” by the Austin Area Critics Circle.

Indian dance performance and classes
Shelter Theater, Vicente Guerrero 4
Fri and Sat, Mar 28 and 29, 7pm
Sun, Mar 30, 5pm
120 pesos
Call for reservations: 154-7524

The show at Shelter will feature solos and duets, presented with commentary and helpful demonstration so viewers can grasp the deep meaning of each dance. A short documentary entitled A Day in the Life of the Temple, produced by Anuradha, will also be shown during the performance. This film features stunning images from a small southern Indian village in Belur, Karnataka.

Bharata Natyam, the most popular of classical dances, is an ancient style from southern India. Performed within majestic temples as well as princely courts, the mesmerizing dance has flourished for hundreds of years, characterized by geometric symmetry, rhythmic footwork, and elaborate hand gestures. Dramatic depictions of Indian mythology evoke mystical sentiments while more abstract pieces create joyous abandon with their striking visual beauty.

In addition to the performances, Anuradha and Purna will also be offering workshops on Indian dance and culture on March 29 and 30 from 10am to 12 noon in Shelter’s spacious rehearsal room. No experience in dance is necessary to attend these workshops. All are welcome. Participants will learn about the history of this ancient dance, experience its connection with spirituality and yoga, and learn some Bharata Natyam as well as some contemporary Bollywood moves.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to experience Indian dance and culture right here in San Miguel de Allende. This mother-daughter duo will not only entertain, but also lift your heart with their exquisite dances!


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