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"The Flowering Tree"

  • Lanier High School 1201 Peyton Gin Road Austin, TX 78758 (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.

Tickets range from $21 - $52; purchase online at

Earlier Event: April 15
"The Flowering Tree"
Later Event: May 1
"Saayujya - The Merging"