-The Classical dances of the Silk Road-
Nataraj Performing Arts of India is a non-profit arts and educational organization which is located in western Massachusetts. Ranjanaa Devi who heads the organization is an internationally known performer and choreographer and has presented her work in many prestigious venues around the world. She is also the Founder Director of the Asian Arts & Culture Program at the Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts and Resident Guest faculty in the Five College Dance Department.
The collaboration between Kitanodai Gagaku Orchestra and the University of Massachusetts began with a bugaku workshop held at the University in 1998. In 2004, in addition to gagaku and bugaku workshops, the collaboration of Chanoyu and the Sho a gagaku instrument was offered for the first time at the University. In April 2008, the Sakura festival was held at Bowker Auditorium to introduce gagaku music and other forms of Japanese culture such as waka poem, Ikebana and Chanoyu. The series of past collaborations with Prof. Ranjanaa Devi has led to this joint performance of bugaku and Indian classical dance.
Gagaku, perfected during the Heian period in Japan under the influence of the Asian continent, and the Indian classical dances, greatly influenced the dances in Asian countries, joined together for this concert to explore their roots and connections.
Organized by: Kitanodai Gagaku Orchestra and Nataraj Performing Arts of India, Inc.
Sponsored by: Embassy of India
July 12, 2009 Hiratsuka Central Public Hall in Kanagawa Pref. Attendance：420people
Organized by: Kitanodai Gagaku Orchestra, Nataraj Performing Arts of India, Inc. and Hiratusk Cultural Foundation
Sponsored by: Embassy of India, Kanagawa Prefectural Government, Hiratsuka City, Hiratsuka City Board of Education, Hiratsuka Chamber of Commerce and Industry
【Program】Part 1: Bugaku "Ryo o ranjo", "Seikaiha", "Kocho"
Part 2: Indian Clasical dances "Manik Veena", "Charya padas: Three Songs",
"Pallavi in Raga Mohana", "Tala Chakra: Rhythm Circles"
Profile of Nataraj Performing Arts of India, Inc.：
Nataraj Performing Arts of India is a non-profit arts and educational organization that promotes the understanding of South Asian culture through dance, theater and music programs in the United States. Located in western Massachusetts but with its roots in India, Nataraj presents traditional and contemporary dance concerts and educational workshops for schools with its resident dance company Nataraj Dancers. Their work is unique and innovative, bridging Eastern and Western artistic and cultural traditions in its presentations. The dance company represents a multi-generational group of dancers drawn from many cultures of the world that receive training from and have studied under Ranjanaa Devi, an internationally known dancer, choreographer and educator from India.