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A Glimpse of Traditional and Bollywood Indian Dances
Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Join us for a showcase of traditional and Bollywood Indian dances. Please register and a Zoom link will be sent out before the event.
Layavinyasa Dance will present dances in Kuchipudi style, a form that originates from Southern India.
P&P Dance Crew will be showcasing two different dance styles: Bollywood Bhangra and Bollywood Raas Garba.
The Bhangra piece features Co-Founder Prachi Shah, and is a mashup of traditional Punjabi songs, Bollywood songs, and American songs. Throughout this dance, Prachi moves between different Bhangra styles and props. The dance starts with an upbeat song using “kunde”, which is a large stick used as the main prop. We then move to a “jugni” style, which is a more feminine, graceful piece. Lastly, there’s an explosive ending with high energy jumps, kicks, and squats!
The Raas Garba piece features P&P Dance Crew’s Little Stars, who are just 7-9 years old! They perform on a mashup of Bollywood songs with Gujarati influences. The students start off with Garba, a dance focused around claps and circular movements. The second half of the song features the Raas dance style, where the students use “dandiya” (short prop sticks) and high energy jumps and partner movements!
Natyakshetram Bharathanatyam Dance School will present an invocation piece on the Ganesha, Muruga, shiva and Parvathi, a folk dance with a fun lilting melody, and a Thillana – a finale
About our dancers:
Sarada Nori is the founder and artistic director of Layavinyasa, a school that propagates Kuchipudi ( a south Indian classical dance form) and Carnatic classical music. She has been a part of prestigious festivals such as the International Festival of Arts and Ideas at Yale, conducted workshops and demonstrations at YMCA Vernon, Manchester Community College, The Hartford Public Library and Wells Turner Public Library. She holds a Masters degree in Arts, specializing in Kuchipudi and explores creative learning methods to connect with students from diverse backgrounds. Her school focuses on sharing these ancient forms with multicultural audiences.
Prachi Shah is the Co-founder and Head Instructor of P&P Dance Crew, Connecticut’s Premier Bollywood Dance Company. She is a graduate from the University of Connecticut and is now working as a IT Senior Professional at a leading healthcare company in CT.
Prachi and her sister, Purvi, opened their dance company, P&P Dance Crew 12 years ago, when Prachi was only in 8th grade! Currently, they have over 90 students, 8 instructors, and work with 3 dance studios. The dance company has won first place at several state competitions and most recently were the opening act for North America’s first all female Bhangra competition in Washington DC. Prachi’s love of dance started very young, and through her years she’s been trained in various dance styles including Bollywood, Hip Hop, Ballroom, and Bhangra. Through her time at UConn, Prachi was a member of the UConn Ballroom Dance Team, Husky Bhangra, and Alima International Dance Association.
Besides dance, Prachi is also a pageant competitor! Prachi was crowned Miss India Connecticut and earned the national 1st runner up title for Miss India USA in 2018. She was also crowned Miss New England 2019, and achieved Top 5 in the national pageant – Miss North America 2019.
Aishwarya Chakravarthy, started learning Bharathanatyam at the age of 4. She started learning at Shivanjali, Chennai till 1995 and moved to Koothambalam to continue the journey under the tutelage of Guru Sri Aravindan and Smt Vasantha Aravindan. Aishwarya Chakravarthy was a regular performer at the Chennai Music and Dance Festival and has performed under various prestigious banners such as Tamil Nadu Tourism Board Mahabalipuram Dance Festival, Bharat Kalachar, Karthik Fine Arts, Chidambaram Natyanjali, etc. She was a recipient of a dance scholarship from the Govt. Of Tamil Nadu, the Govt. Of India – CCRT. Most recently Aishwarya has been receiving intensive training from Kalaimamani Sri Madurai R Muralidharan and was a participant of a record setting event recognized by the India and Asia book of records.
Aishwarya founded Natyakshetram Bharathanatyam Dance School in CT around the year 2015 and has been teaching several aspiring young talents in the Avon, Farmington and South Windsor area. Aishwarya has so far conducted ten arangetrams and continues to train students for this milestone event. Aishwarya and her students have participated in events conducted by several local organizations such as the Tamil Sangam, Kerala Association and Telugu Association and won many recognitions. Students from her school have been regular performers at the Avon Public Library.