Performing Arts

Custodians of Tradition

Custodians of Tradition

As San Jose’s Abhinaya Dance Company celebrates its 30th Anniversary, founder Mythili Kumar is honored with a lifetime achievement award. How do we tell the story of diaspora? How do we mark the coming-of-age of the Indian community in the United States? In the...
Dancing With Joy, For Joy

Dancing With Joy, For Joy

Pandit Chitresh Das keeps Kathak fresh with innovative collaborations I arrived in India without any predetermined expectations of the trip and the tour. Anyone that has traveled to India will understand that India demands this of all its natives and visitors. The...
Non-stop Bhangra

Non-stop Bhangra

Folks, I did not come to dance. Armed with a notebook, and a pen, your intrepid reporter was poised at the edge of the crowd ready to observe and faithfully record the proceedings. It was the third Saturday of the month and people were moving their shoulders like...
From Stage to Stage

From Stage to Stage

Indian classical dance has largely been restricted to the sphere of “cultural” events and localized ethnic pride. There’s no real vocabulary in our national lexicon for dance forms like kathak or bharatanatyam, so they are generally relegated to the generic category...
One Man, One Vision

One Man, One Vision

Given the recent mainstreaming of all things South Asian—including the hip-hop-meets-Indian filmi beats of M.I.A., the canonization of Bollywood kitsch, and even the infiltration of Indian spices into the average American’s palate—it’s no surprise that Fox’s reality...
Inspiration Everywhere

Inspiration Everywhere

Joti Singh, the 29-year-old San Francisco-based dancer, blends her Punjabi roots with her passion for West African dance, but she doesn’t like to describe her work as a strict fusion of the two. Singh, the founder and choreographer of Duniya Dance Company, describes...