K.P. Kunhiraman, the artistic director of Kalanjali; Dances of India,
is a master dancer from a family of artists and was trained in India. He
lived with his teacher for many years as student, then apprentice, and
finally as a recognized professional in his own right. He will be the storyteller
in the piece presented in People Like Me.
Kalanjali was founded
by the Kunhiramans in 1975. For 25 years they have brought the best of
India's ancient culture before public audiences in a wide variety of venues.
Kunhiraman was the first Indian to receive the Choreography Fellowship
from the National Endowment for the Arts, and Kalanjali has received many
grants and awards from the California Arts Council and other organizations.
Kalanjali's performances include the rarely seen Kathakali dance-drama
style with full authentic costumes, Bharatanatyam dances set for solo as
well as group productions, and many of India's rich variety of regional
folk dances. Kalanjali offers classes in several locations, some free through
the California Arts Council Artist-In-Residence program, and offers an
active program of school lecture-demonstrations.
First appeared in People Like Me 2000