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Dance: Year In Review - Part II


01/04/2018

New England Dance Community Unites Again For Vision-Aid
by Revathy Ramakrishna
Meet the star studded cast for this year's show. This year, marks the 10th year when the dance community of New England unites to perform in Vision-Aid’s signature annual event. This year’s event is Charmer, Warrior, Guide – The endearing Story of Krishan, set to mesmerize New England on Sunday July 16th at 4PM.
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Nrityanjali40
Jothi Raghavan, the Nrityanjali Dance Company and acclaimed guest artists invite you to a 3-day festival of Bharata Natyam to celebrate 40 years of Nrityanjali. The event will be held from July 28-30, 2017 at the Little High School Performing Arts Center, Littleton, MA.
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Rendezvous With Ekal Tribal Artists
by Parveen Minocha
Meet ‘The Fab 10’ Ekal villagers: Natthi Amoli, Radheshyam, Sumitra, Neena, Priya, Johan Singh, Dileshwar, Sandip, Gitmala, and Tilak Chandra, who toured over 70 locations around the US. For some, they were stepping out of their village for the first time. For others, it was getting used to sleeping on beds.
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Sneha And Arya’s Odishi Mancha Pravesha With Guru Smt. Jayashree Mohapatra
Sneha Mahapatra, a graduating senior from Acton High School, and Arya Mohanty, a high school junior in Winchester had their Odishi Mancha Pravesha event under the instructions from Guru Smt. Jayashree Mohapatra on August 12th, at the Fine Arts Center Auditorium in Regis College, Weston.
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Natya Nivedanam
by Ramya Srinivas
Just as summer was coming to an end in the New England area, we knew most of the dance shows and arangetrams would start to dwindle down as well. August 27, 2017 was one lucky day for us when we got to witness the Natya Nivedanam - a margam presentation by Sri Gopukiran Sadasivan along with local dancers.
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Ananya Venkatesan Shines In Debut Performance
Ananya Venkatesan’s passion for dance is well-known in the New England community. In addition to being an avid participant in competitions, cultural performances and Vision-Aid productions, she also choreographs and teaches Bollywood and folk dances to younger children.
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Kathak, Sitar And Tabla - A Visual And Auditory Feast
Strings N Beats is a unique dialogue between dance and music to be held on Sunday, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, on November 19, 2017 at Cary Hall in Lexington, MA. Organized by Shadaj (a non-profit organization founded by volunteers from Lexington and the greater Boston area).
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"Ode To The Bells" - An Energetic Exhibition Of Enthralling Dedication At Natyanjali
by S. Ramamoorthy
It was '”back to school time” at Westford, MA based Natyanjali School of dance - for the ebullient aspirants as well as the tactful Guru Jeyanthi Ghatraju. The Guru is an adorer of the traditional ethics she has set for herself over long years and insists the same in every outfit of her school - be it entertainment for the elderly or a charity program.
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Devi Neeyai Shakthi- Goddess You Are Strength
"Devi Neeyai Shakthi- Goddess you are strength", was a Bharathanatyam dance performance by Bharathakalai School of Dance on September 24th 2017 at Shri Dwarkamai Vidyapeeth, Billerica.
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Boston Bhangra 2017: A Huge Success
The 14th year of Boston Bhangra was a huge success with over 2000 people in attendance and unbelievable performances by the teams. The Boston Bhangra Competition, called BBC for short, was hosted on November 11th, 2017 at the Orpheum Theatre. The winners were Philadelphia Bhangre De Shokeen, Michigan Bhangra Team and Virginia School of Bhangra - Waris.
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Abhimata: A Wish Upon A Star!
by Pallavi Nagesha
In the galaxy of wishing stars AIM for Seva shines bright, bringing joy and fulfillment to countless through its programs. On November 11, 2017, Rukmini Vijaykumar enthralled us all with a presentation of Abhimata, The Beloved.
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Rasa Vaibhava 2017: An Ode To The Goddesses With Glorious Dances
by Mamatha Suryadevara
On November 18, 2017, Chinmaya Mission Auditorium in Andover, MA came alive with the 5th Rasa Vaibhava celebrations hosted by Vaibhava Dance School. This year’s theme was Meena Lochani - An Ode to the Goddesses.
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Strings N Beats - A Delightful Experience
In the Indian tradition when rhythm music and movement blend together in perfect unison what results is sheer magic. The String N Beats concert combined music and dance is a beautiful fashion making the experience delightful for the audience.
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Lokvani Rising Stars In Dance
The Boston area is blessed to have youngsters who work hard for six to eight years to gain proficiency in classical dance and perform an Arangetram. Some have competed at National Competitions. We present the Rising Stars in Dance to students of Jayashree Bala Rajamani, Jothi Raghavan, Kalaimangai Anbalagan, Neena Gulhati, Ranjani Saigal, Sridevi Thirumalai, Sunanda Narayanan and Veena Telli. They will be honored at the event on the Community and Youth Night to be held on Dec. 16. More Information on the Event.
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Lokvani Rising Stars In Dance Perform At Lokvani Community And Youth Event
The evening showed that ancient classical dance forms are alive and well in New England and thanks to the dedication of the teachers and students will continue to grow.
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Our Voice And Yours


Happy New Year from all of us at Lokvani!

Life is just a certain amount of time and energy. Putting this time and energy to maximum use for everyone’s wellbeing is all that matters. - Sadhguru.
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Our Voice And Yours
Music Arangetrams Round Up


Children learning Veena, Vocal - Carnatic and Hindustani, Mridangam and Tabla had their Arangetrams.
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Music Arangetrams Round Up
Picture Of The Fortnight


Collage of pictures.
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Picture Of The Fortnight
Music Review: Top Ten Bollywood Songs Of The Week


by Priyanka Jain Vora
Happy New Year! Let’s see where Bollywood music stands at the start of 2018! Check out Atif Aslam’s romantic number in Tiger Zinda Hai, “Dil Diyan Gallan.” From the same movie, “Swag Se Swagat,” is the very catchy item number song starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif. Don’t miss the dance tune, “Pallo Latke,” from Shaadi Mein Zaroor Aana. “Ghoomar” still ranks high on my list – still eagerly awaiting the epic movie release of Padmavati in February! What’s your favorite Bollywood song so far this new year?
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Music Review: Top Ten Bollywood Songs Of The Week
Local Happenings: Year In Review - Part II


Shows, Picnics Galas and more kept Indian Americans busy during 2017.
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Local Happenings: Year In Review - Part II

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