Ramaa Bharadvaj presents Mitra

MITRA: DANCE HYMN TO FRIENDSHIP

MitraRamaaAkkaSmallA critically acclaimed solo Bharata Natyam dance-story
by
Ramaa Bharadvaj
Friday November 7th at 6:00 pm
in the Forum Theater of the Sidney Harmon Hall

“MITRA-Dance Hymn to Friendship” by Lester Horton Award winning dancer Ramaa Bharadvaj, is a solo dance-story that celebrates friendship and divinity of life. It weaves together multilingual poetry and an original sound-score to depict a moving episode from Bhagavatam, one of the 18 mythological texts of India. MITRA is presented in the Ekaharya method of dancing, in which the
narrative unfolds through a single dancer from whom multiple characters, moods, scenarios and conversations emerge.

Choreography & Lyrical selection – RAMAA BHARADVAJ
Original music & orchestration – RAJKUMAR BHARATHI
Lyrics by saint poets in 5 Indian languages

“Mind boggling presentation … very creative and original … an enriching experience.” – The Hindu, India, 2012

Read the latest review of the work here: MITRA – Poetry, emotion, melody, imagination. Reviewed by Mridula Rao for Narthaki.com

About the Artist:
Ramaa Bharadvaj is a renowned dancer, choreographer and published writer. She lived in the United States for 31 years and was the founder-director of Angahara Dance Ensemble, an award winning California based dance-company. A winner of multiple Lester Horton Dance Awards, her works have been nationally telecast by PBS. She was the first Indian dancer in over 45 years to be featured on the cover of the Dance Magazine and was honored with the Directors Award from California Arts Council for her contributions to the Arts in the State of California. She was selected as one of 21 exceptional South Asian women living in the US, whose lives and stories were presented in the book “Spices in the Melting Pot”. She served on the dance faculty of Pomona College and Orange Coast College and was visiting professor of dance at several Universities.

In 2009 Ramaa returned to India and currently heads the Dance Department of Chinmaya Naada Bindu – an Arts Ashram, near Pune, India.