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Maharishi College of Enlightenment to present Vedic Dance performance, workshops
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12 September 2010
Maharishi College of Enlightenment is pleased to offer in September a special performance and series of workshops in Vedic Dance—Bharata Natyam—with guest artist Srimati Shyamala Mohanraj from India. This special form of Vedic Dance is in the tradition of the legendary dance master Srimati T Balasaraswati, the teacher of Srimati Shyamala.
Maharishi College of Enlightenment is a division of Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, under the guidance of Maharishi University of Enlightenment.
The performance will be held Sunday, 19 September.
The workshops—designed especially for ladies—will be offered:
∙ Wednesdays, 15 and 22 September
∙ Saturdays, 18 and 25 September
∙ Sundays, 19 and 26 September
All events will be held in the Argiro Student Center on the MUM campus.
Traditional Bharata Natyam dance originated over 2,000 years ago in South India. Using a language of gesture and storytelling called Abhinaya and rhythmic steps called Adavus, the dancer conveys desire for spiritual awakening culminating in the experience of Unity. Based in Vedic knowledge and the postures of Yoga, the dance enlivens bliss, harmony, integration, and good health.
In the workshops, students will be given an introduction to basic techniques, including body posture, rhythmic footwork, and Mudras (hand gestures). A short composition may also be learned. No experience is necessary. Advanced registration is encouraged.
Srimati Shyamala started dancing at the age of seven, and at fourteen began her studies with the renowned Srimati T Balasaraswati. Shyamala is known as Balasaraswati's leading student, is highly respected for her dedication to the preservation of this dance form, and performs to acclaim internationally. She received her 'Diploma of Proficiency' and had her Arangetram (ceremonial first performance) in 1978. She has been teaching, performing, and lecturing extensively since that time, and is the director of The Koothambalam School of Traditional Bharata Natyam in Chennai, India and Boulder, Colorado.
Shyamala is part of a small group of dance masters who are striving to keep this art alive, and has an extraordinary skill for sharing the depth and beauty of the arts of South India. This event will be a rare opportunity to experience the dance form in its original purity.
For more information, to register for workshops, or to schedule a private lesson, contact:
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