Internationally Acclaimed Artists Perform in 9th Annual Fall Festival of Indian Arts

A diverse roster of artists will join Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company for the company’s  Fall Festival of Indian Arts in Washington DC.

WASHINGTON, November 2, 2012- A diverse and international roster of artists will join Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company for the company’s signature 9th annual Fall Festival of Indian Arts in Washington DC. The festival features several dance performances, a peace concert, a poetry performance, a film screening, panel discussions and workshops with the guest artists. This year’s events are brought together by the Embassy of India, and with partial support from the ICCR, NEA, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. 

Dance: Alarmel Valli

Alarmel Valli

Saturday November 3, 2012 at 7:30 pm

Tickets range from $18.50 to $47.50

UDC Theater, 4200 Connecticut Avenue Northwest

Internationally acclaimed as a creative artist whose work reveals the infinite spaces within the traditional form, Alarmel Valli bases her dance on the principle that Bharata Natyam is a superbly evocative language, where the dancer who has mastered and internalized the idiom can write her personal dance poetry. In her choreography, drawing on her knowledge of music and the rich, nuanced vocabulary of classical Indian dance, Valli explores the complex layers of meaning in poems and lyrics, giving them a visual and melodic dimension. Trained by great masters, Pandanainallur Sri Chokkalingam Pillai and his son Sri Subbaraya Pillai, she has enriched her dance vocabulary and extended the frontiers of her dance tradition to evolve her own distinctive style, which has been described as “uniquely individualistic…an effortless synchronization of apparent contradictions - linearity and lyricism, symmetry and sinuosity, precision and poetry”.   

Recipient of numerous awards, in 1991, Alarmel Valli was the youngest dancer to be conferred the President’s award of ‘Padmasri’. In 2004 she was awarded one of India’s highest civilian awards - the ‘Padma Bhushan’, conferred by the President of India.  Dakshina will open the performance with a company premiere.

Lasya Kavya:  A film on Alarmel Valli

Monday November 5, 2012 at 6:30 pm

Free, RSVP by emailing rsvp@dakshina.org

Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Avenue NW

Director Sankalp Meshram writes, “In the context of a pronounced market based popular culture and the growing alienation of people from the classical arts, Lasya Kavya is a film that tries to show the freshness, dynamism and contemporary quality of a classical form like Bharatanatyam. In the persona of Alarmel Valli, one finds that amalgam of tradition fusing with modernity, to produce art of exhilarating beauty. I was convinced that something should be done to preserve and record this dancer, one of India’s truly great artists, for posterity.

The film examines the intellectual, emotional and spiritual contexts within which Alarmel Valli performs. It also tries to explore some of the processes, both physical and mental, by which she is able to consistently achieve those astounding levels of excellence in performance. It demonstrates how a dancer can be a writer, poet, painter, sculptor, actor and singer even as she dances.”

About Dakshina: The Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company offers artists and audiences the unique opportunity to experience dance as a movement that links the arts, cultures, and social causes. Dakshina means “offering” in Sanskrit. Our company explores the definition of dance within the United States and connects it to Indian, Latin, Social, and Modern dance forms.

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