Fall Festival

Rasa Festival in fall 2019 features a range of events in performing, visual, media and literary arts:

An illustrated talk and hands-on alpana/rangoli/kolam.

Demonstration of dances from India, both classical and folk traditions, accompanied by a discussion on the historical and cultural context of each, and audience Q&A

Well known Indian and western musicians come together to talk about the concepts behind Indian and western music, and how they collaborate to create new music. This will be accompanied by a short concert where they will present music based on these concepts.

An exciting evening of classical and folk dances from India, and an innovative music concert that brings together Indian and western music traditions. Artists featured this evening are internationally known, and will bring their outstanding artistry to Ann Arbor!

The evening will be presented in three parts:

    • Classical dance:
      • Sreyashi Dey will present her Ann Arbor premiere of her acclaimed new solo dance theater work, “Hidimba”
      • “Dasavatar” a collaborative classical dance piece in Odissi and Kuchipudi dance styles by the students of Sreyashi Dey (Odissi) and Sandhya Sree Athmakuri (Kuchipudi)
    • An innovative east-west music concert featuring Indian classical music, jazz/improv and percussion by U-M faculty member Stephen Rush, Payton MacDonald, Dan Piccolo and friends
    • A journey through India with ritual and folk dance traditions, featuring dances from Bengal (dhunuchi and other folk), Maharashtra (Laavni), Bihu (Assam) and ritual dances from Kerala.

Tickets: $25 general (group rate: $15 per ticket for 10 or more), $15 students and seniors (group rate: $10 per ticket for 10 or more)
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Stay tuned for more details on all these events, and more!