Mythili Kumar and the Abhinaya Dance Company will help Kalalaya celebrate its 20th anniversary with a dance recital. Artistic director Kala Iyer founded the Fremont-based organization to promote Indian fine arts, and has been actively involved in organizing tours of top-bill musicians and dancers from India thereby providing several high quality concerts to Indian dance and music connoisseurs in the U.S. and Canada.
The 20th anniversary celebration will feature the bharathanatyam recital followed by a musical concert by Sikkil Gurucharan (vocal) accompanied by Nagai Sriram (violin) and Thiruvarur Vaidyanathan (mridangam).
Sunday, May 3, 1:30-4 p.m. bharathanatyam; 4:30 concert. CET Auditorium, 701 Vine St., San Jose. $15 one event; $25 both. (510) 796-5252.www.kalalayausa.org.
Abhinaya celebrates its 100th arangetram
Abhinaya Dance Company was founded in 1980 by artistic director Mythili Kumar. In 1983 Abhinaya hosted its first arangetram. Since then, Abhinaya has presented over 95 student performers, and will soon present its 100th arangetram, performed by Gayatri Venkatesan.
Venkatesan, who has been a student for 10 years, will perform a piece choreographed by Malavika Kumar. She will be accompanied by Asha Ramesh (vocals), Shanthi Narayan (violin), and N. Narayan (mridangam and kanjira), and Mythili and Malavika Kumar (nattuvangam).
In the arangetram, a dancer presents a full repertoire of dances, demonstrating extensive knowledge of the art form through a variety of pieces. To reach this juncture in the career of a dancer requires years of intense and rigorous training. The recital is the first step in the transition from an amateur to a professional dancer.
“I am proud of the accomplishments of all these students and hope that the arangetram serves as a stepping-stone for further study of this ancient art to enrich their lives and the lives of their families.”
Saturday, May 23, 4 p.m. CET Auditorium, 701 Vine St., San Jose. Free.www.abhinaya.org.
Ali Akbar College Library fundraisers
The Ali Akbar College of Music will be hosting two events to raise funds for its upcoming public music library. Alam Khan, son of maestro Ali Akbar Khan, will give a concert on sarode accompanied by Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri (tabla). Morning and afternoon ragas, with food and drinks. Presented by Ali Akbar College of Music. An eBay auction will sell: a limited edition guitar signed by Carlos Santana; drum head signed by The Grateful Dead; tabla signed by Zakir Hussain; and a guitar signed by Sammy Hagar.
Concert: Sunday, May 24, 10:30 a.m. 215 West End Ave., San Rafael. $40, $25 general; $20 members; $15 seniors/children. (415) 454-6372. email@example.com. Auction: Sunday, May 31, 1 a.m.-12 p.m. http://eBay.com.
Classical musicians to take stage
Ustad Aashish Khan and Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, two of India’s greatest classical musicians, will take stage. Concert organizer Javad Butah says, “The experience of listening to high-caliber classical artists in a live performance setting is irreplaceable. In organizing this concert, my hope is that the performance kindles appreciation and love for this rich art form, and touches the listener.”
Khan is considered in the top echelon of India’s sarod players. He was initiated into North Indian classical music at the age of five by his grandfather, the legendary Allauddin Khan, exponent of the Senia Beenkar and Senia Rababiya
Gharana. His training continues under the guidance of his father Ali Akbar Khan, and his aunt, Annapurna Devi.
Tabla-player Chatterjee combines power and speed with crystalline clarity. His vast knowledge of repertoire and ability to improvise in multiple styles of tabla playing make him an invaluable asset to Indian music and a reference for its scholars.
Friday, June 5, 8 p.m. Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College Ave., Berkeley. Advance: $18-$22, $15 students/seniors. At door: $20-$25, $18 students/seniors. Presented by Butah Productions. Tickets: www.butahproductions.com; www.juliamorgan.org. (831) firstname.lastname@example.org.