Prakriti Dance: Bharata Natyam – Indian Classical Dance

Prakriti Dance uses the movement vocabulary of the Indian classical dance form, Bharata Natyam, to communicate inspirations from nature, philosophy, and human experience. By interweaving lyrics, dance, and visual design, Prakriti Dance uses multifaceted presentations to transcend cultural boundaries. The company seeks to engage with diverse audiences through vivid performances and workshops to promote understanding and appreciation of Bharata Natyam and express universal ideas.

The dance was beautiful in our space… thanks so much for finding such great performers for our family day.

– Public Programs Coordinator, Smithsonian Institution Renwick Gallery

Kasi Aysola did an excellent job. He was flexible, engaging, and creative. The campers gained a lot of new information and enjoyed the presentation and the workshop.

– Recreation Services Supervisor, City of Richmond Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities

We loved this show!!

– Lower School Music Teacher, Friends School of Baltimore

Prakriti Dance is a new performing company founded by Co-Artistic Directors Kasi Aysola and Madhvi Venkatesh. It uses the movement vocabulary of the Indian classical dance form, Bharata Natyam, to communicate inspirations from nature, philosophy and human experience. Prakriti Dance uses traditional lexicon to communicate diverse ideas that are relevant across all communities. By interweaving lyrics, dance, and visual design, Prakriti explores multifaceted presentations to transcend cultural boundaries. The company seeks to engage with diverse audiences through vivid performances and workshops to promote understanding and appreciation of Bharata Natyam.

Artist’s website: Prakriti Dance

Performances

NEW – Through Fish Eyes
This unique performance utilizes the dynamic classical Indian dance form, Bharata Natyam, to spark students’ interest in what lies beneath the ocean’s surface. Prakriti Dance shares the wonders of marine life through the language of dance and illuminates the ways in which humans are affecting the world’s oceans. Audiences will be empowered to make small changes in their own lives to help minimize further environmental damage.

Rhythms of India: An Exploration through Classical Indian Dance
Using a combination of dance movements and recitation based on classical Indian dance, students learn different rhythm patterns and how they form the basis for intricate dance sequences. Students have the opportunity to create their own rhythm patterns and see how their patterns can be implemented in classical Indian dance. This performance engages all students as they journey through the rhythmic landscapes of classical Indian dance and music. May be presented as a solo or duo program. (Grades K-12)

Storytelling Through Classical Indian Dance
Prakriti Dance shows students stories told in a new way – through the body and face movement of the Classical Indian dance style of Bharata Natyam. Stories presented will draw from Indian mythology and the fables of the West, showcasing dance as a versatile language that transcends cultural boundaries. Audience members learn different hand gestures and have opportunities to brainstorm about how they are used in storytelling. (Grades K-12)

Solo: Single Show $525/Back-to-Back $675
Duo: Single Show $675/Back-to-Back $825

Larger ensemble available – contact us for pricing and information.

Workshops

Introduction to Classical Indian Dance:
Using a combination of dance movements and rhythms based on the classical Indian dance style of Bharata Natyam, students explore the traditions, music, and stories of South India and how they have shaped the classical performing arts. Students learn traditional dance steps and experience the dance style’s intricate rhythms and hand gestures. This workshop engages all students as they journey into this ancient dance style from India.

Rhythms of India: An Exploration through Classical Indian Dance
Using a combination of dance movements and recitation based on classical Indian dance, students learn different rhythm patterns and how they form the basis for intricate dance sequences. Students have the opportunity to create their own rhythm patterns and see how their patterns can be implemented in classical Indian dance. This performance engages all students as they journey through the rhythmic landscapes of classical Indian dance and music. May be presented as a solo or duo program. (Grades 3+)

Storytelling Through Classical Indian Dance
Prakriti Dance shows students stories told in a new way – through the body and face movement of the Classical Indian dance style of Bharata Natyam. Stories presented will draw from Indian mythology and the fables of the West, showcasing dance as a versatile language that transcends cultural boundaries. Audience members learn different hand gestures and have opportunities to brainstorm about how they are used in storytelling. (Grades K-12)

Workshop Only $400*
Workshop after Performance $300*
Additional Workshops $200*
*Additional $25/day travel fee applies

Fees are for daytime school programs in Maryland, Washington, DC and Northern Virginia only.

Evening, weekend, workshop and non-school fees differ – please contact us.

Additional travel fees apply.

Prakriti Dance - Excerpts of Swaralayam

The Faces of Goddess Earth

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