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Malavika-Agnimitra is a bharata­natyam dance drama based on Sanskrit poet and playwright Kalidasa’s original work. It premiers in Walnut on July 22.

The production presents the sentimental and private life of a king who has fallen in love with a maid in the palace who is really a princess from the neighboring kingdom. The plot is replete with conspiracies and intrigues of love, hate, and envy among the men and women in the palace. The witty lines showcase Kalidasa’s penchant for humor.

Natyanjali Foundation for the Performing Arts presents this dance drama under the direction of Malini Krishnamurthi. The event will raise funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation of America.

Saturday, July 22, 4 p.m., Sophia B. Clarke Theater, Mt. San Antonio College, 1100 N. Grand Ave., Walnut. $25 reserved, $15 general. (909) 468-4050, (626) 967-5969.