Classical Indian Dances - Kathak & Bharatnatyam (Online)

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Dance is an ancient and celebrated cultural tradition in India and its origins go back into the ancient times. There are eight schools of classical Indian dance, each of which can be traced to different parts of the country.   

Join us for an enlightening and entertaining evening of virtual Indian Classical Dance class with Jaya Mathur of ‘Rock on with Bollywood’ fame. Jaya shares an overview of the history of two famous dance forms from India – Kathak and Bharatnatyam, as well as her personal journey of continuing these traditional dance forms as a first generation American. She demonstrates some mudras: the portrayal of mood through facial expression and hand gestures, and the audience has the opportunity to experience dance performances through videos.    

Jaya Mathur has been trained in three forms of Indian classical dance: Bharatnatyam, Kathak and Manipuri. She has also learned Indian folk dances and Bollywood dance. 

Jaya has performed at many different venues including, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Freer/Sackler Gallery of Art and at various cultural events at the University of Maryland in College Park. Jaya has also choreographed with the Kinetics Dance Theater professional and student dance companies. Jaya teaches dance in the Howard County area. 


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This event is part of HCLS Racial Equity and Inclusion series