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AIF And Meru Odissi Dance Concert To Benefit Relief Victims

Shekhar Shastri

Madhavi Mudgal - Odissi Legend Performs to Benefit Flood Victims (in India)

“…three dancers today who, for me, personify the art are: Mikhail BaryshnikovMadhavi Mudgal and Sara Rudner.” - Alastair Macaulay, New York Times (January 2008)

“The high point of Edinburgh Dance Festival was the Odissi by Madhavi Mudgal ... it emanated from an inner calm, with decisive architecture in time and space” - The Times, London

American India Foundation (AIF) and Meru Education Foundation proudly present renowned Odissi dancer Madhavi Mudgal at the National Heritage Museum, in Lexington, MA on Saturday, September 14, 2013 @ 6pm. She will be accompanied by the Gandharva Troupe of dancers from India.

This benefit concert is in response to the recent Himalayan tsunami that devastated entire towns and destroyed livelihoods in the northern states of India; AIF in partnership with Meru Education Foundation is raising funds for the Uttarakhand Relief Fund that is working to help rebuild affected communities.

Madhavi Mudgal is a premier disciple of the legendary Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra and has received critical acclaim as a soloist in the international dance scene and for her choreographic works across continents. Her Abhinaya or expressive dance is par excellence and she has received numerous awards including the Padma Shri, the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, and the Chevalier des l’ordre des arts letters from the Govt. of France.

A firm believer that tradition is an ever renewing, flowing stream, Madhavi has received critical acclaim across the world for her choreographic works, as well as making a mark in international dance as a soloist New York Times has said, “… Madhavi Mudgal's seasoned virtuosity was a foregone conclusion, she is a legend.”  

Madhavi has trained an extraordinary generation of young dancers; her disciples, under the banner of The Gandharva Troupe have performed all over the world, and are hugely popular in Europe, South America, South Africa, and Japan. In the US, she has performed to critical acclaim at Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, and other major locations.

Her new choreography Vistaar, presents the idea of expansion in all directions yet reinforcing the core. It explores vistas created by musical spaces, both rhythmic and melodic, through the vocabulary of Odissi movement.

Grab this rare opportunity to see Madhavi Mudgal and The Gandharva dancers on Saturday, September 14th at the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, MA at 6:00 pm.

All Net proceeds will benefit AIF Uttarakhand Relief Fund; please come support this cause.

For more information on our Uttarakhand Flood Relief efforts: http://www.aif.org

Buy Tickets Online at: http://www.lokvani.com/lokvani/cal.php?stage=1&event_id=10206

For more information visit:  www.imeru.net

Vanita Shastri, Meru Education Foundation, vanita@shastri.net 781-698-9190
Nirmala Garimella, American India Foundation nirmala.garimella@aif.org

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