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Kalanjali: Dances of India

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Vishnu
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Bharatanatyam
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Mridangam
Kalanjali

Kalanjali dancersK.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

 



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