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"The Flowering Tree"

  • The Cullen Theatre at The Wortham Center 501 Texas Ave Houston, TX (map)

The Flowering Tree is an original Natya Dance Theatre evening-length work performed with English narration.

The Flowering Tree is the story of Kumudha and her sisters, who are shunned by their village for being poor. The gods send the girls a special mantra that turns Kumudha into a tree that gives the most fragrant and beautiful flowers on earth. As long as the sisters collect only the flowers that fell naturally from the tree, they could sell the blooms at the market. And until the people around her treat Kumudha’s tree form with the reverence nature deserves, she would be not be returned to her human form. Can the villagers respect the blossoms of this flowering tree while reaping her rewards? Can the delicate balance between nature and human society be restored?

This message of conservation and the preservation of nature unfolds through a spectacular combination of Bharata Natyam, live classical Indian and jazz music, and storytelling. Rich in costume, color, and sound, The Flowering Tree is a performance for all generations.

Purchase tickets starting in February 2016 at

Earlier Event: February 20
"The King Elephant and the Mice"
Later Event: April 16
"The Flowering Tree"