Natya Presents: Anita Ratnam's "A Million Sitas"
Sep
29
5:00 PM17:00

Natya Presents: Anita Ratnam's "A Million Sitas"

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The RAMAYANA is echoed through the DNA of India as an epic, a text, a sacred book, an opera - interpreted through painting, dance, theatre, song, animation, television and film. This ADI KAVYA ( eternal story) has seen more debate, discussion and discourse than any other writing in Indian society.

In A MILLION SITAS, the heroine of this time honoured tale stands at the centre of a power tussle as two men battle with their egos and divergent ideas of duty and honour. It is the women in this retelling who emerge from the shadows and pages of history to braid the multiple narratives of this riveting story.

Anita Ratnam uses every weapon in her creative arsenal. Voice, movement, song, dance, theatrical improvisations and story telling to illuminate the character of SITA. Daughter of Janaka or Ravana? Princess of Mithila or Lanka?. As bride of Rama, Queen of Ayodhya, mother of Lava and Kusa she reveals her many avatars and the numerous lines she has to cross to finally become every woman and yet remain  her true self. Admired, adored, pitied, invoked, worshipped, SITA is the four letter word that shadows every Indian woman until today. A MILLION SITAS puts her front and centre of the onging debate for the recovery of a woman's voice in society.

Concept and Performance: ANITA R RATNAM
Choreography: Hari Krishnan in collaboration with Anita Ratnam
Research and Text: Rex and Anita Ratnam
Costumes: Sandhya Raman
Music and Sound Design: Vedanth Bharadwaj and Bindhu Malini
Recorded music by: NK Kesavan, Bindhu Malini, L Subhasri, Subhiksha Rangarajan, and Viji Krishnan
Singer/Actor: Snigdha Venkatramani

Copyright Anita Ratnam and Arangham Trust 2010

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Vijayadasami Day
Oct
20
3:00 PM15:00

Vijayadasami Day

Join us for Vijayadasami Day - Saturday, October 20th, 2018, 3PM - 5PM!

Vijayadasami is an auspicious day which is celebrated to invoke the blessings of Goddess Saraswathi, the source of all knowledge. Traditionally, many Indian communities will celebrate this day by placing their books, instruments, tools, etc at the altar and pray, as knowledge is a very important aspect of life to be revered and cherished. It is also a customary belief that any new ventures started on this day will bound to be successful.

Natya looks forward to celebrating Vijayadasami Day with all of our students! On this day, it is a tradition followed by Natya students to offer their respect to their Gurus and take their blessings. We hope to see you there!

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Vedanta Desikar 750th Year Tiru Nakshatram (Jayanthi Celebrations)
Sep
22
5:30 PM17:30

Vedanta Desikar 750th Year Tiru Nakshatram (Jayanthi Celebrations)

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Join us as Natya presents a new work “Splendor of Satya Vrata” for Acharya Sri Vedanta Desikar 750th Year Tiru Nakshatram (Jayanthi Celebrations)! Performance - Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 5:30pm

Religious and cultural progams - September 21 - 22, 2018 - Sri Venkateswara Swami (Balaji) Temple, Aurora, IL

Visit www.balaji.org for more information!

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Kalautsav - Consulate General of India, Chicago
Jul
29
2:00 PM14:00

Kalautsav - Consulate General of India, Chicago

Natya Dance Theatre will be performing at Kalautsav hosted by CGI, Chicago, Sunday, July 29th, 2018 at 2:00pm.

CGI Chicago, Cordially invites you to attend KalaUtsav 2018 on Sunday 29th July 2018 at the Harris Theater, 205 East Randolph, Chicago, IL 60601 from 2.00 PM onwards. Please join us with your family and friends in this Spectacular show. 
Looking forward to welcoming you all.

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Evanston World Arts & Music Festival
Jul
22
12:30 PM12:30

Evanston World Arts & Music Festival

Natya Dance Theatre presents: Avatar – transformations interpreting the myths and meanings through dance, drama and poetry from India!

2018 World Arts + Music Festival is a FREE, family-friendly event showcasing arts, crafts, food and music from around the world! Join us Sat & Sunday, July 21 & 22 at the Arrington Lagoon, Dawes Park, Evanston, IL

Check out the full schedule: https://www.cityofevanston.org/worldarts

All music is programmed by Dayna Calderon, Independent Arts Professional

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STOMPING GROUNDS finale (featuring Natya Dance Theatre)
Jun
7
6:30 PM18:30

STOMPING GROUNDS finale (featuring Natya Dance Theatre)

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STOMPING GROUNDS is a free two-month citywide celebration of authentic, rhythmic dance companies from a variety of world cultures, including American tap, Spanish, Mexican, African, Indian, Native American, Hip-hop, and Irish dance. The series completes its fourth year with the grand finale on Thursday, June 7th at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park (start time subject to change). This event will feature:
-- Black Hawk Performance Company
-- Chicago Human Rhythm Project
-- Chicago Dance Crash
-- Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater
-- Mexican Folk Dance Company of Chicago
-- Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago
-- Natya Dance Theatre
-- Trinity Irish Dance Company
-- Trinity Irish Dance Ensemble

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STOMPING GROUNDS featuring Natya Dance Theatre, Chicago Dance Crash, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, & the Chicago Human Rhythm Project
May
23
6:00 PM18:00

STOMPING GROUNDS featuring Natya Dance Theatre, Chicago Dance Crash, Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater, & the Chicago Human Rhythm Project

STOMPING GROUNDS is a free two-month citywide celebration of authentic, rhythmic dance companies from a variety of world cultures, including American tap, Spanish, Mexican, African, Indian, Native American, Hip-hop, and Irish dance. The series culminates with the grand finale at the Pritzker Pavilion in Milennium Park on Thursday, June 7.

The series visits Chicago's west side neighborhood on Wednesday, May 23rd at the Garfield Park Conservatory. This event will feature the Chicago Dance Crash and Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater alongside Natya Dance Theatre and the Chicago Human Rhythm Project in a narrated performance and Q&A with the audience. Our events are free and open to the public, but if you would like to support the arts and STOMPING GROUNDS, you may reserve a supporter ticket (available March 17).

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Natya Presents: Rama Vaidyanathan's "VIVARTANA"
Apr
29
5:00 PM17:00

Natya Presents: Rama Vaidyanathan's "VIVARTANA"

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Dance transforms my pulse to pace with rhythm and I become one with rhythm
Dance transforms the space around me and I become one with space
Dance transforms my body from stillness to motion and I become one with movement
Dance transforms my soul from singular to plural and I become one with the world

Rama Vaidyanathan and Ensemble perform VIVARTANA - Dance Transforms
Concept, Script, and Choreography for all pieces by Rama Vaidyanathan

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STOMPING GROUNDS featuring Natya Dance Theatre and Trinity Irish Dance Company
Apr
28
7:30 PM19:30

STOMPING GROUNDS featuring Natya Dance Theatre and Trinity Irish Dance Company

STOMPING GROUNDS is a free two-month citywide celebration of authentic, rhythmic dance companies from a variety of world cultures, including American tap, Spanish, Mexican, African, Indian, Native American, Hip-hop, and Irish dance. The series culminates with the grand finale at the Pritzker Pavilion in Milennium Park on Thursday, June 7.

The series visits Pilsen on Saturday, April 28th at the National Museum of Mexican Art. This event will feature the Mexican Folk Dance Company of Chicago alongside Natya Dance Theatre and Trinity Irish Dance Company in a narrated performance and Q&A with the audience. Our events are free and open to the public, but if you would like to support the arts and STOMPING GROUNDS, you may reserve a supporter ticket (available for purchase beginning Feb 14).

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STOMPING GROUNDS kick-off (featuring Natya Dance Theatre)
Apr
2
6:00 PM18:00

STOMPING GROUNDS kick-off (featuring Natya Dance Theatre)

STOMPING GROUNDS is a free two-month citywide celebration of authentic, rhythmic dance companies from a variety of world cultures, including American tap, Spanish, Mexican, African, Indian, Native American, Hip-hop, and Irish dance. The program kicks off its fourth year on Monday, April 2nd at the Chicago Cultural Center's Claudia Cassidy Theater, featuring: 
-- Black Hawk Performance Company
-- Chicago Human Rhythm Project
-- Chicago Dance Crash
-- Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater
-- Mexican Folk Dance Company of Chicago
-- Muntu Dance Theatre of Chicago
-- Natya Dance Theatre
-- Trinity Irish Dance Company
-- Trinity Irish Dance Ensemble

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"Ramanuja Sahasrabdi Mahotsavam"
Nov
12
12:30 PM12:30

"Ramanuja Sahasrabdi Mahotsavam"

In honor of the 1,000th birthday of Ramanujar, Natya Dance Theatre and the Greater Chicago Vedic Society present a day of performances.

12:30 pm: “Ettram Thantha Yatirajar: The Best Amongst Reformers”, a play in Tamil by the Greater Chicago Vedic Society

3:00 pm: “Ramanujarya Divyagyna: The Preceptor Par Excellence”, a discourse by Sri Dushyanth Sridhar

4:30 pm: world premiere of “Ramanuja Darshanam: The Beacon of Spiritual Light” by Natya Dance Theatre

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Natya Dance Theatre and Nrithyanjali School of Dance present: Leela Samson's "NADI"
Oct
7
4:00 PM16:00

Natya Dance Theatre and Nrithyanjali School of Dance present: Leela Samson's "NADI"

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Co-presented by Natya Dance Theatre and Nrithyanjali School of Dance, Spanda Dance Company brings NADI to the Chicago area. NADI explores the love and longing, the physical changes and the deep philosophy that the river inspired through the centuries-old voices of India’s poets.

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Natya presents: Mallika Sarabhai's "Out of Bounds" + "Finding My Voice"
Sep
23
5:00 PM17:00

Natya presents: Mallika Sarabhai's "Out of Bounds" + "Finding My Voice"

Finding My Voice brings to audiences thoughts on global warming, live in relationships, an atheists relationship with the Goddess, sexual preferences and the growing intolerance in the world, all in the strictest and most complex Pandanallur Bharata Natyam vocabulary.

In Out of Bounds, Revanta Sarabhai and Pooja Purohit pose the question: what happens when you dissect Bharata Natyam to its core? The two dancers look for a new narrative, while their bodies still carry traces of the past. We see, in three chapters, a man and a woman transform the pure form of their dance to a story about relationships.

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Natya at Family Fun Festival in Millennium Park
Jul
26
1:00 PM13:00

Natya at Family Fun Festival in Millennium Park

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Family Fun Festival, a free public festival offering music and arts for children of all ages, features a performance by Natya Dance Theatre on Wednesday, July 26. Join us at the Chase Promenade North in Millennium Park for a bharata natyam performance appropriate for children and adults alike. Admission is free and open to all!

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