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Ohio Wesleyan University’s Performing Arts Series to Feature Nalanda School of Dance on Jan. 24

December 23, 2008

The Nalanda School of Dance, directed by Indira Satyapriya, will perform Jan. 24 as part of Ohio Wesleyan’s 2008-09 Performing Arts Series.
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DELAWARE, OHIO – Ohio Wesleyan University will come alive with the movement and music of India when the 2008-09 Performing Arts Series welcomes the Nalanda School of Dance. The Worthington, Ohio-based company will perform at 8 p.m. Jan. 24 on the Main Stage in Ohio Wesleyan’s Chappelear Drama Center, 45 Rowland Ave.

“Nalanda Dance” showcases traditional and contemporary dance based on Bharatanatyam, a classical dance style originating in Tamil Nadu, South India.

Bharatanatyam is a modern depiction of Cathir, the art of temple dancers. It combines the elements of nritta, or pure dance movement used to reflect different rhythms; natya (also called abhinaya), or drama, facial expression, and story-telling; and nritya, which combines the first two elements to create an aesthetic dance.

“Nalanda Dance” is directed by Indira Satyapriya, who founded the Nalanda School in 1983 after relocating from Mumbai. While in India, she trained at the Sri Rajarajeshwari School of Dance, known for its excellence in the Tanjavore style of Bharatanatyam. She has performed and choreographed across the nation and around the world, including at the 2007 inauguration of Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland.

Dancers who will be performing at Ohio Wesleyan include Anish V. Doshi, who began his training in 1987 at Sri Rajarajeshwari Ashram in Pennsylvania. Doshi completed his basic training under the guidance of Elakshi Thakore of Ahmedabad and continued his studies with Satyapriya at the Nalanda School of Dance.

Tickets for “Nalanda Dance” are $20 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens and students with valid school IDs. (Admission is free for Ohio Wesleyan students and employees.) Tickets may be purchased by visiting www.ticketweb.com or by calling the Performing Arts Series phone messaging service at (740) 368-3629.

Additional 2008-09 Ohio Wesleyan Performing Arts Series events include:

  • 8 p.m. Feb. 22 – “Peter Schickele & PDQ Bach: The Jekyll & Hyde Tour,” starring Peter Schickele. The musical satirist will perform in University Hall’s Gray Chapel, 61 S. Sandusky St. More details are available at www.schickele.com.
  • 8 p.m. March 21 – Jens Lindemann, “North America’s pre-eminent trumpet soloist.” Lindemann will perform in University Hall’s Gray Chapel, 61 S. Sandusky St. More details are available at trumpetsolo.com.

College professors and high school teachers may request complimentary Performing Arts Series tickets (one week prior to each event) for their classes by calling (740) 368-3629. Attendance at an event should complement classroom curriculum.

Ohio Wesleyan University is an undergraduate liberal arts college that transforms the lives of its students through a combination of rigorous academics, mentoring relationships, and real-world experiences. Featured in the book “Colleges That Change Lives,” the private university’s 1,850 students come from 47 states and 50 countries. Visit www.owu.edu for more information.