Erasing Borders Dance Festival 2024

Indo-American Arts Council

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Erasing Borders Dance Festival

September 21, 22 2024 | 6PM (Live In-Person)

September 23 2024 | 7PM (Virtual)
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Erasing Borders Dance Festival

Saturday, Sept 21, 2024, Ailey Citigroup Theater

6PM

Odissi Vilas/Samir Kumar Panigrahi and Santosh Ram

Vedya Spurthi Konda

Jahnavi Pillai

Kathak by Nirupama and Rajendra

Sunday, Sept 22, 2024, Ailey Citigroup Theater

6PM

Malavika Singh and Sri Thina Subramanian

Ramya Harishankar

Anugraha Sridhar

Kathak by Kumar Sharma, Anmol Sood, and Rahul Sharma

Monday, Sept 23, 2024, (Virtual, on IAAC Facebook.com  |  YouTube.com)

7PM

Jayaprabha Menon

Ratikant Mohapatra

Vaishnavi Dhore

Rima Kallingal

Erasing Borders Dance Festival

Curatorial Guidelines

We are only taking in applications via this form this year.

You can submit solos, duets, or larger groups.

Typically, each performer will be given 8-12 min. This includes any additional information or narration.

Your video is the most important part of your application. An impressive video can catch the eye of the curator and make your performance memorable. When submitting a video, make sure the video is well-lit and appropriately edited for maximum impact. Check out technical guidance. Below are some tips for editing your videos:

  1. The dancer should be clearly visible in the video.

  2. The video(s) you submit should be of the work that you propose to perform at the festival, and should submit a plan outlining exactly what you plan to perform. In case the video exceeds the timing, please indicate time markers in your application for the segments you are proposing.

  3. You may submit up to 2 additional alternative videos with your application. Each video should be 8-12 minutes long.

  4. Dance works are often better appreciated when placed in context. We suggest that you include a commentary/explanation of your process in the Details of the Proposed Work section of your application.

  5. Live explanations (i.e. spoken commentaries on your video) will be counted as part of the timing of the total presentation, so you may prefer to send in a written explanation.

  6. The video you submit should include the complete, continuous work you intend to perform, OR a work-in-progress with detailed explanation. It is imperative for the curators to see the entire work, because our decision making involves thinking through how all the selected works (by different artists) will collectively form a unique, cohesive experience for our audience. An excerpt put together with bits and pieces from different parts of a work or different works WILL NOT BE ACCEPTABLE for the application.

Best of luck! We look forward to reviewing your applications.
September 21: Saturday: In person in New York
September 22: Sunday: In person in New York
September 23: Monday: Evening digital performance, and Barnard College panel in the day
TBD: Workshop and panel discussions
Erasing Borders Dance Festival is widely regarded as a reputed festival of Indian dance in North America. As an artist, performing in this festival gives you the opportunity to showcase your dance on a great platform.
Yes. Artists are paid an honorarium for presenting their work at the festival. Since we are a non-profit, our means for providing financial support to artists are limited. The fee amount is comparable to other New York arts non-profits.
Yes, we present solos as well as groups (duets, trios, quartets, or larger!)
If you are applying to perform at the live festival:
You need to submit a video of the work that you intend to perform. You should submit 2 videos. 1) Submit videos of past choreography. 2) Submit your concept proposal in 100-150 words and send a video (as a work-in-progress). You do not need to submit a video shot using a professional camera - you can submit a video shot using your phone, so long as the quality of the video is good and your dance can be seen well.
March 15, 2024
You need to upload your work to YouTube, Vimeo, Dropbox, or Google Drive and include a link to that uploaded video with your application form. Please make sure that the video-sharing settings are set to anyone can view. If it is a longer piece (more than 8-12 minutes) please specify time segments for us to view.
The limits are specified in “characters” and not “words” (we understand this is less intuitive than a word limit might be, but unfortunately this is what Google Forms supports...). Please ensure that the number of characters in your answer fits within the maximum number of characters allowed for that answer. Further, remember that whitespace is also considered a character. An easy way to check your character count is by pasting your answer into a Word document, and using the ‘Word Count’ feature of Microsoft Word, which displays not just the number of words, but also the number of characters (including whitespaces).
Please email IAAC IT team at sunil@iaac.us. They will be able to help you with the application fee.
Selected artists should expect to hear back from us by April 30, 2024. If you have not heard by then, feel free to email sunil@iaac.us
ERASING BORDERS DANCE FESTIVAL CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS 2024

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Indo-American Arts Council’s Erasing Borders Dance Festival is seeking dance submissions for 2024.

The dance festival will be presented tentative on Saturday, September 21, and Sunday 22, 2024 at a venue in the tri state and online on Monday September 23. In addition, the festival will partner with Barnard College for dance investigations and discussions on Monday September 23.

The festival will include two parts: live performances including applicant dancers from around US and an invited group from India on Saturday and Sunday. A few dance groups from the applicant pool will be selected to receive a grant towards producing a digital performance for IAAC’s streaming platform Facebook and Youtube for Monday September 23.

ED Dance has embraced the theme of "Then and Now" for the year 2024 across the platforms of dance, film, music, and literature. For an in-depth understanding of how the theme is understood and applied, please see this video from curator Srinidhi Raghavan. Pondering on these thoughts and prompts, we urge you to think of your own works and assess how this applies. Submit dance works of 8-12 minutes in length that showcase this theme. Also submit a 100-150 words description of how these themes connect to your work.



WE SEEK:

  • IAAC seeks original works in multiple or new vocabularies and forms deriving from or relating to the traditions of Indian dance. Dancers are encouraged to apply with works they have learned from their gurus as well as works that are challenging or critically thinking on their own terms. For the digital grant applicants, we encourage shorter works. Professional works of up to 12 minutes duration (you can submit multiple works for us to consider).
  • There is a non-refundable application fee of $15 and applications are due March 15, 2024. IAAC is dedicated to promoting, showcasing, and building an awareness of the arts and artists whose heritage lies in India in the performing arts, visual arts, literary arts and folk arts.

HOW TO SUBMIT:

We are only taking in digital applications this year.

  • First, review the Curatorial Guidelines we have compiled. These guidelines will help you submit a strong application which catches the eye and interest of our professional curators.
  • Selected artists are compensated with professional standard artistic fees for their work and time. Our fees are commensurate to other New York area professional companies.
  • Additionally, if selected for the digital presentation, we will provide funds towards video production costs for which technical guidance will be provided. If selected for the live festival, we will take care of all theatre needs in New York. We will not be able to process visas. We ask that applicants have already taken care of this.
  • Next, complete your 'application form'. Bear in mind that you will not be able to save your application and come back to it later. So, it is recommended that you first draft your answers in a separate document, and then enter them on this online form in one sitting.
  • Pay your $15 application fee through PayPal paypal(using any credit card) Click here >>
  • If you have any questions, check the Frequently Asked Question (FAQ). We keep updating this FAQ as new questions are received. If the FAQ does not address your questions, you can email us via this Inquiry form. Please note that we will only respond to questions that have not been addressed in the FAQ, so make sure to check the FAQ first!
  • Application fees are $15.

Technical Suggestions

  • Artist would film themselves at home/studio.
  • Make sure sound quality of the music is clear. It could be played on a different device close to the recording camera.
  • Have lighting from the front and avoid lighting at back (unless it is part of your aesthetic)
  • Shoot in daytime conditions. Night time indoor shoots do not look good.

Requirements:

  • Completed Application Form, which will include a place for you to send us a link to the performance piece you want to showcase at the festival.
  • Video: Applicants need to submit the entire video recording of the proposed works (not excerpts or sampling of past works). Since this is a hybrid festival, we ask that you not apply with a work that is already published in video format with other platforms.
  • We plan on leaving the work accessible online for an agreed upon time after the last day of the festival, so make sure you secure rights from your gurus, musicians, and collaborators. Please also make sure you own the rights to publish the music and other elements that you are using. This permission can be sent to you by other producers through emails, social media messages etc. so it can be documented if the need arises. If you submit work that we select, we assume you have done the due diligence.
  • *Special note for virtual festival applicants only: This is a work that would be choreographed for camera, so we need to get a sense from your application as to how you would accomplish this.
  • Only professional-level performances will be considered for the festival. Typically, we receive about 80 applications each year that our curators go through very carefully. Due to limited time, we do not email all applicants back and prioritize writing to applicants we seriously consider for the festival.
  • Selected artists for the virtual festival will receive grants ranging between $1500-2500 for achieving a professional-grade production value in addition to the performance fee. Please submit a sample budget plan of up to $2500 for the final production to account for videography and editing. For the usage of this work, you will need to include a credit line “This project was created as part of the Erasing Borders Dance Festival 2024 and is supported by funds from the Indo-American Arts Council.
  • Non-refundable application fee of $15.

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Indo-American Arts Council

presents

Erasing Borders Dance Festival

Saturday, Sept 21, 2024 | 6PM
Ailey Citigroup Theater

Odissi Vilas/Samir Kumar Panigrahi and Santosh Ram

Odissi Vilas

Samir Kumar Panigrahi & Santosh Ram are award-winning principal dancers with the Bhubaneswar-based Rudrakshya Foundation & disciples of Guru Bichitrananda Swain. They will be artists-in-residence with the California-based Odissi Vilas this fall.

Samir is a gifted Odissi dancer, whose fluid, yet precise movements highlight the unique aesthetics to this art form. He started his Odissi journey at Saraswati Sangeet Mahavidyalaya in Odisha. Later, he joined Utkal Sangeet Mahavidyalaya and trained under gurus Nabakishore Mishra, Manoranjan Pradhan, & Pankaj Kumar Pradhan. He has also trained under gurus Manoranjan Pradhan & Lingaraj Swain. Santosh began learning Odissi when he was 15. His appealing stage personality & technical virtuosity have delighted audiences worldwide. Santosh started his Odissi training under Sri Lingaraj Pradhan and Sri Amulya Kumar Balabantaray at Rudrakshya. He also trained under gurus Snehaprava Samantray, Niranjan Rout, Naba Kishore Mishra. Manoranjan Pradhan, Kanduri Charan Behera, Lingaraj Swain, & Pankaj Kumar Pradhan.

Vedya Spurthi Konda

Vedya Spurthi Konda

Vedya Spurthi is a disciple of Jaikishore Padmavani Mosalikanti, having previously trained under Himabindu Challa. She has performed across 5 countries such as at the Consulate of India, Hong Kong, and Krishna Gana Sabha, as well as a part of Shivamohanam at the Madras Music Academy Dance Fest

Vedya Spurthi Konda is a senior disciple of Sri JaiKishore & Smt. Padmavani Mosalikanti, having had her formative training under Smt. Himabindu Challa. Vedya Spurthi has performed on numerous stages across the United States, India, Canada, Hong Kong, and Mexico, including most recently at the Consulate of India, Hong Kong, Krishna Gana Sabha’s 2024 Ilamayil Thiramai Festival, and Sridevi Nrithyalaya’s Satyam - Sivam - Sundaram Festival. She has also danced as a part of the Shivamohanam ensemble at the 16th Annual Madras Music Academy Dance Festival, Nita Mukesh Ambani Cultural Center, and the 2022 Konark Dance Festival. Vedya Spurthi holds a Diploma in Kuchipudi from the University of Silicon Andhra and a Senior Certificate in Kuchipudi from SAMPADA and Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University. She is a 2017 National YoungArts Foundation Winner, the 2018 Saptami Foundation National 1st prize winner in Kuchipudi, and received a 2021 apprenticeship grant from the Alliance for California Traditional Arts. Vedya Spurthi currently pursuing her master's degree at the University of Pennsylvania.

Jahnavi Pillai

Jahnavi Pillai

Fuchsia Dance Company is an Indian classical dance collective of up-and-coming artists based in the Bay Area, California. Established in 2020, Fuchsia is committed to the diversification of Indian classical dance. Using Bharatanatyam, the team collaboratively explores traditional art through contemporary themes, including climate change, education access, and cross-cultural belonging.

Fuchsia’s presentations have storytelling at its core, communicated through its energetic and synchronized ensemble. Fuchsia has showcased original work as part of esteemed platforms, including TedXBerkeley, Rotary, and Prayukti Arts. Fuchsia frequently collaborates with recognized organizations worldwide, notably OSAAT (One School At A Time), Project Morph, and Feeding America, using the transformative power of art to drive advocacy and fundraising efforts. Through hosting educational arts workshops and the annual ‘Growing Roots Dance Festival’, Fuchsia remains committed to empowering young artists by cultivating a supportive and purposeful arts community.

Kathak by Nirupama and Rajendra

Nirupama and Rajendra

Kathak by Nirupama and Rajendra

Indo-American Arts Council

presents

Erasing Borders Dance Festival

Sunday, Sept 22, 2024 | 6PM
Ailey Citigroup Theater

Malavika Singh

Malavika Singh

Malavika's passion for dance was kindled at four when she was enchanted by 'The Nutcracker' and enrolled in ballet lessons. She began learning Odissi at twelve when she participated in Nrityagram’s summer workshop, and falling in love with the artform, traveled there for training during her school holidays.

Since 2019, she has been passionately training under guru Bijayini Satpathy virtually and in person and has assisted her at events such as the Studio 5 NYC City Center showcase; she presently conducts weekly Odissi classes at Gibney Studios. Sri Thina Subramaniam is recognized for creating work that merges Bharatanatyam and Odissi, by exploring their interplay. Her movements fluidly transition from Hindu mythology to societal themes, aiming to champion diversity in the arts and inspire. She has collaborated in work like 'Broken Seeds,' 'Ravana,' and '4 Horsemen' and curated the “SF West Wave,” “When Eyes Speak,” and “Varnam Salon.” She has presented her choreography globally, and in NYC and is currently mentored by Mavin Khoo (AD at Akram Khan Co) and Bijayini Satpathy Virtually.

Sri Thina Subramanian

Sri Thina Subramanian

Sri Thina Subramaniam is recognized for creating work that merges Bharatanatyam and Odissi, by exploring their interplay. Her movements fluidly transition from Hindu mythology to societal themes. She advocates for diversity in the arts and inspires and mentors aspiring soloists whilst impacting the dance community.

In the past she has worked with renowned international choreographers including Mavin and Shobana Jeyasingh, both based in the UK. And performed at the Lincoln Center (USA), Royal Opera House, and Buckingham Palace (UK) to name a few. She has also collaborated in productions such as 'Broken Seeds,' 'Ravana,' and '4 Horsemen' She has also curated the “SF West Wave,” “When Eyes Speak,” “Navarathri, Celebrating the Goddess in US” and “Varnam Salon.” She has presented her own choreography globally, and in NYC. Sri Thina is currently mentored by Mavin Khoo (Artistic Director at Akram Khan Company) and Bijayini Satpathy Virtually as she continues on her journey of discoveries.

Ramya Harishankar

Ramya Harishankar

Ramya Harishankar, artistic director of the Arpana Dance Company celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2022. A Bharata Natyam practitioner, she was awarded the Individual Artist Fellowship/legacy artist by the California Arts Council in 2023.

A Distinguished citizen/Wall of recognition honoree (2022 Irvine), she is also the recipient of the Kala Seva Bharathi (India 2012) and the Helene Modjeska Cultural Legacy award (Arts Orange County 2007). Recipient of grants from NEA, CAC and ACTA, Ramya is a 2-time NEA’s Choreographic Fellow. As a soloist she has performed extensively on 5 continents. Her forte is abhinaya and she regularly conducts workshops/master classes both online and live across the world.

Anugraha Sridhar

Anugraha Sridhar

Anugraha Sridhar is a Bharathanrityam artiste from New Jersey. She is a senior disciple of Padmavibhushan Dr Padma Subrahmanyam and artistic director of Anugraha Arts.She has specialised in the Karanas,and has performed in many prominent festivals in India like the Spirit of Youth festival at The Music Academy Madras.

She has toured 5 cities in South Africa under invitation from Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Europe performing and teaching in Paris, Madrid and London. Anugraha works with Jiva Dance to create collaborative work. The Indian express calls her 'A Niche in Nrityam in NYC' as a performer creating her own artistic voice.She was invited to perform for the festival celebrating 75 years of Indian Independence inside the Capitol Hill in Washington DC hosted by senators and senior businessmen. She leads the panel as a curator for Balance Arts Centre, NY. She is a trained classical vocalist and debuted as a playback singer in Tamil films in 2014. Anugraha holds a Masters of Public policy from the University of Sydney, and also worked as a political strategist in India.

Kathak by Kumar Sharma, Anmol Sood, and Rahul Sharma

Indo-American Arts Council

presents

Erasing Borders Dance Festival

Monday, Sept 23, 2024 | 7PM
(Virtual, on IAAC Facebook.com  |  YouTube.com)

Jayaprabha Menon

Jayaprabha Menon

AYAPRABHA MENON is one of the Top Most Mohiniyattam Exponents of the country. A danseuse with exceptional artistry, a versatile choreographer and an affectionate Guru to her disciples, Jayaprabha Menon has notched a reputation nonpareil in the firmament of Indian Classical dances.

Her performances of Mohiniyattam have been eloquent demonstrations of terpsichorean talents groomed by venerated Gurus like Kalamandalam Saraswathy, C V Chandrasekhar and Bharathi Shivaji. Jayaprabha’s graceful nritta is phenomenal as one can discern the union of the dance and the dancer into a single entity. Her metamorphosis into the vivid characters on the stage speaks for her histrionic adroitness. In this endeavor, she has been fortunate to enjoy the guidance of Padmabhushan Kavalam Narayana Panicker, an acclaimed authority of Sopana Sangeetham. Association with stalwarts like Birju Maharaj, Sonal Mansingh and Raja-Radha Reddy in eclectic productions has expanded her vista of the essence of Indian classical dances. If Dance is the Mother of all arts, Jayaprabha Menon is the blessed daughter of that Great Mother.

Ratikant Mohapatra

Ratikant Mohapatra

Since 1975, Ratikant Mohapatra has been surrounded by Odissi dance and music almost every minute of his day. A 40-year association with the field of Odissi and the years of training and experience with his father and guru, late Sri Kelucharan Mohapatra have left their imprint on Ratikant and today, he has carved an enviable niche for himself as a dancer, percussionist, teacher, choreographer, and archivist.

As the Director of Srjan (Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odissi Nrityabasa), he has single–handedly created a world-class dance institute, attracting students from all over the globe for a comprehensive and dedicated learning methodology of Odissi dance.
Ratikant’s dedication to the art form has been acknowledged with the ‘Smt. Sanjukta Panigrahi Samman’ in 2005 by the SanjuktaPanigrahi Trust, the ‘Nrutya Choodamani’ in 2014 by Krishnagana Sabha, the ‘BhumiputraSamman’ in 2016 by Bharat Sevashram Sangha and the Central Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2016, among others. He is also attributed to creating a Guinness World Record for choreographing and directing 555dancers in an Odissi dance composition, the very first of its kind.
In his role as a choreographer, Ratikant has conceived more than 67 original works, characterized by ‘neo-classical’ choreographic innovations,attractive musical arrangements, experimental lighting, and stagecraft, all within the boundaries of the Odissi idiom. Ratikant’s versatility and creative energy have found expression in celluloid as well, most recently in the choreography of Odissi dance sequences for the Indo–Chinese film “The Desire.”

Vaishnavi Dhore

Vaishnavi Dhore

Vaishnavi Dhore, is a Bharatnatyam performing artist and trainer She is a disciple of Smt.Rama Vaidyanathan . Vaishnavi completed her Nritya Visharad and Masters in Bharatnatyam. She is a graded artist of Delhi Doordarshan and has performed in several festivals and concerts in India and abroad as Solo performer, in duets, and along with her Guru Smt Rama Vaidyanathan.

She has performed at Konark Festival, Patiala Heritage Festival, Kumbh Mela, Brahma Gana Sabha Chennai, Kamani Auditorium, India Habitat Centre, and at international venues in Singapore, Cambodia, USA and South Korea (ICCR Tour). Vaishnavi is a Bharatnatyam trainer and Director of performing arts at Aravindam India Gurukuls, Gurugram, India. She directed Aravindam India’s production ’She The Divine’ that premiered at IHC New Delhi under the aegis of The Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India. She works towards promotion of the Bharatnatyam Art form through lecture demonstrations for children in schools across the country, including slum children.

Rima Kallingal

Rima Kallingal

Danseuse, Actor, Entrepreneur Rima Kallingal's passion for the performing arts saw her establishing Mamangam Dance Company, ten years ago in 2014. Trained professionally in various forms of dancing including Kalaripayattu, Bharatanatyam, Mohiniattam and contemporary dance, she propagates new idiom and language through her dance company.

She presents an amalgamation of tradition, culture and contemporary storytelling in her art. Neythe is an outcome of her championing for the weavers post the 2018 floods and an opportunity to reveal in the intricacy of weaving and what goes behind it. Several visits and the outcome of a three-year journey, the multimediastage show encapsulates her vision and learning from the art of weaving, capturing the minute nuances, movement, rhythm and music in the labyrinth of the craft and craftsmen.

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Committee and Curators

Deepsikha Chatterjee: Dance Director

Deepsikha Chatterjee

Deepsikha Chatterjee is a tenured faculty of Theatre at Hunter College CUNY where she enjoys teaching a diverse student body. She received her undergraduate degrees from University of Madras and National Institute of Fashion Technology before moving to the US for her MFA in Costume Design from Florida State University.Currently she is pursuing her PhD in Theatre and Performance from CUNY Graduate Center.Her costume design for Butoh Medea and Hide Your Fires received the Best Costume Design award at United Solo in 2014 and 2017 respectively. Her designs have been seen recently at Barnard College, Mabou Mines, Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, Women’s Project, New York Musical Festival, Drive East, United Solo, Pan Asia Repertory, and Capital Fringe.

She researches costumes and masks for Indian performance and has received notable grants for this work. Her presentations have been seen at conferences including USITT, Costume Society of America, and the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City. She has published articles on Indian and Asian theatre, and Indian fashion. Since 2017 she has served as the dance director for Indo-American Arts Council’s Erasing Borders Dance Festival bringing international dancers to the New York stage.

Uttara Asha Coorlawala: Curator

Uttara Asha Coorlawala

Uttara Asha Coorlawala currently teaches in the dance program at Barnard College/Columbia University and serves as Curator for Erasing Borders--the annual Festival Of Indian Dance. Had previously also taught at Alvin-Ailey- Fordham University Dance Program, Long Island University's C.W. Post Campus, and at Princeton University, NJ. Earlier as a dancer, her solo show, (1973-87) brought modern dance, BharataNatyam and yoga, to stages of India, Europe, East Europe, Japan and the United States. For her pioneering choreography she was recently awarded the Sangeet Natak Akademi national award. (India) Uttara also served on various global dance research (CORD) and educational (IB) Committees, and as Performing Arts advisor to the late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, and at the National Center of Performing Arts, Mumbai.

Awards for writing include AHRB Fellowship for South Asian Dance Research, London, The Graduate Research Award from CORD, USA, the Homi Bhabha Fellowship, India, a Ford Foundation research project (USA) on changing demographies of cultures in the U.S. and an award to study choreography from the Asian Cultural Council.

Currently, she is even more invested in the ongoing global re-flows of body knowledges.

Sruthi Mohan: co-curator

Sruthi Mohan

Sruthi Mohan is the Founder and Creative Director of Tat Tvam Asi, a boutique art organization in Austin, Texas, created specifically to curate and present works of internationally acclaimed Indian classical dancers touring the US.

An active and passionate community organizer, with more than a decade of organizational experience, she currently serves as the Cultural Committee Chair of the Austin Hindu Temple and has been instrumental in creating various cultural outreach initiatives that aim to showcase the spiritual beauty of Indian classical dance and other temple arts.

An accomplished and well trained classical dancer who started training at the age of three, she continues to perform to a diverse international audience. She also shares her passion for dance by writing about dance, appearing on radio and TV talk shows to promote and educate a wide and diverse audience about Indian Classical Dance.

Apart from being a dancer and a dance presenter she is also a Co curator for the Erasing Borders Dance Festival, New York.

Dipashreya Sur

Parul Shah

Dipashreya Sur is a rising sophomore at Barnard College of Columbia University majoring in Mathematical Sciences and History and Theory of Architecture. She has been learning Kathak, an Indian Classical Dance form, in the Lucknow Gharana for more than 14 years. On campus she dances with Columbia Taal, an Indian Classical Fusion Dance team. Though Dance originally started off as an extracurricular activity introduced by her parents, overtime it became her passion. Over the years she has also explored dance styles ranging from Contemporary to Afro Cuban. She is honored to be a part of this year’s Erasing Borders Festival.

Jin Won

Jin Won

Jin Won praised by the NY Times as “an exuberant dancer whose musicality transform[s] her dancing into something primal,” dancer and percussionist who explores the sonic and visual possibilities of rhythm through dance and music, Jin Won is a one-of-a-kind artist in the field of Indian performing arts. An accomplished Kathak dancer and tabla player of South Korean origin, she spent over 15 years in India training in Indian classical percussion and dance under Pandit Divyang Vakil and Shrimati Shubha Desai, respectively. Currently, she is under the mentorship of Shrimati Durga Arya to enhance the artistry of kathak.

As artistic director of Pradhanica Dance and Music Company and full-time faculty at Taalim School of Indian Music, Jin has created, choreographed, and starred in various ensembles that have performed in esteemed venues across North America, as well as taught master classes and workshops in many institutes.

Preya Patel

Preya Patel

Preya Patel as Artistic and Executive Director of Vivarta Arts Inc. based out of NYC, Preya Patel a is committed to bringing classical South Asian arts to the US mainstream. She conducts regular classes out of her studios in Queens and Long Island, and also enhances cultural awareness via Indian dance residencies and workshops at numerous NYC and Nassau County public schools and universities. Working with interdisciplinary organizations within the NY metro, she participates in a variety of community outreach programs towards her mission of global connectivity.

With over 25 years of training in Kathak under the guidance of Guru Smt. Jamuna Mitcham and completion of her Kathak Rang Pravesh, Preya undertakes further training from the world-renowned Kathak Guru Smt. Vaishali Trivedi, the disciple of Kathak legend Padma Vibhushan Smt. Kumudini Lakhia. She has graced the stages at prestigious events and venues in the US, UK, Canada and India.

Srinidhi Raghavan

Srinidhi Raghavan

Srinidhi Raghavan started learning Bharatanatyam nearly thirty years ago and has performed globally over the decades. Born into a family of dancers, she was exposed to Bharatanatyam early on and formally started learning the art from her mother and guru, Usha Raghavan, and from guru, Malathy Thothadri at the tender age of four. She had her arangetram in Chennai in 1998 and her experiences with dance have spanned several cultures and countries, including those of the UK, Switzerland, France, Italy, Liechtenstein, Barbados, Canada, the US and of course India, during the prestigious December festivals in Chennai.

Known for her "precise nritta and apt abhinaya", she is also recognized for her innovative choreographies and original works, which often explore contemporary themes via traditional Bharatanatyam pieces. Srinidhi's wide and extended exposure has added an eclectic element to her delivery which, when combined with her traditional style, results in a unique reflection of elegance and experience.

Srinidhi is a graduate of Columbia University and The Wharton School. She lives and works in New York City and continues to produce and curate shows while also choreographing and performing in her own productions. She currently sits on the curatorial board of The Indo American Arts Council’s Erasing Borders Festival, and is also the co-curator of The Varnam Salon (NYC).

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