About Moving Towards Light
In July, the third presentation of South Asian Music for the World will feature a joint performance from Austin Dance India and Sangeet Millennium Ensemble. Together, these groups will will showcase their joint multidisciplinary, multimedia fusion performance piece “Moving Towards Light.”
Austin Dance India
Austin Dance India is one of the City’s premiere organizations and resources for Indian classical Bharata Natyam dance. Under the Artistic Direction of independent dancer/choreographer, Anuradha Naimpally, ADI offers classes in traditional technique, arts in education, public performances, advocacy, and more. Mayor Steve Adler declared October 22nd as Austin Dance India in honor of the service that ADI has provided to Central Texas for over two decades.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary year in 2016, ADI has engaged the community to participate in several first time endeavors. ADI produced its first ever Dance-A-Thon and Community Fair in April. ADI also co-produced, for the first time a multi-art form play entitled Living on the Hyphen at The Long Center. This is a project about the universal humor and challenges of straddling various worlds and identities, a theme that Naimpally has been passionately interested in.
The entire ADI student ensemble, including alumni performed at the same venue with an original work entitled, Girl Power!, a multi-art presentation featuring spoken word, dance, music, and video. Highlighting the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set forth by the United Nations, Girl Power! brought Gender Equality and Quality Education to the forefront.
Austin Dance India conducts ongoing classes in Bharata Natyam technique and trains students from beginner to professional level. ADI’s mission is to empower through dance.
Sangeet Millennium grew out of the Society for India Music, a non-profit organization founded in Albuquerque in 1990 and relocated to Austin in 1993. In 1999, Amie renamed the organization Sangeet, and in 2003, Sangeet Millennium. Amie and Sangeet Millennium’s programs and projects were supported from 2000 to 2003 and 2004-2013 by the City of Austin Cultural Contracts, sponsored under the non-profit umbrella of One World 2004-2012 and Women and Their Work 2012-2013.
Amie and Sangeet Millennium has been a selected artist of the Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA) Touring Roster since 2008 and the Mid-America Arts Alliance since 2010. Since her move to Dallas, Amie has set up Sangeet Millennium/Dallas in 2013, continuing to offer periodic activities in Austin. The mission of Sangeet Millennium includes a strong educational component, through workshops offered by some of the distinguished visiting artists, as well as Amie’s ongoing classes, presentations of sitar and Hindustani vocal music, and community education and outreach events.
Joining us on Tabla for the concert is the acclaimed Tabla player Pandit Shantilal Shah, based in Houston, TX. A performing artist for more than 30 years, he is well known as a vocal and dance accompanist and has performed with many of the greatest names in Hindustani Classical Music. He currently teaches at IMS Houston in Houston, TX where he has more than 100 Tabla students.
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