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11th American Natya Festival
Friday, April 19, 2019, 06:30am - 07:00pm

Colorful stories and dance dramas in 11th Natya Festival

St. Louis's most popular ethnic dance festival - American Natya Festival will be conducted on April 19, 20, 21st 2019 at St Louis, USA, in Clayton High School Auditorium, #1 Mark Twain Circle, St.  Louis, MO 63021. The organizers, Soorya Performing Arts, making 11th year anniversary of ‘American Natya Festival’ by bringing full presentation of stories through 12 mesmerizing performances.

11th American Natya Festival brings unique blend of performances starting Friday, April 19th 2019. Local St. Louis artists will be presenting Bharatanatyam and Kathak performances. Soorya Dance Company is known to present new dance ideas through young minds. It will be presenting 70 students in a series of beautiful dance pieces. Young dancers group – “Rani” – will present a moral story based on Hindu mythology of evil king Raavana, who wishes to obtain the Holy Grail – called Atma Linga (Soul of Shiva) to conquer the universe. Another Young St. Louis dancer group – “Katha” – will present famous story of Parvati Kalyan in Kathak style. Lead dancers Samanvita Kasthuri and Sara Parikh will lead the caste.  On Saturday a huge team of dancers from Guru Vandana Academy, Louisville, Kentucky will be presenting “Vaigai Express”. This dance drama takes the audience through journey of History and legends of ancient city Madurai from 2nd century BC to 15th Century AD. Very gentle, flowing, graceful dances from Manipuri Dances will be presented by Angahar Dance academy, Kolkata, India, Another visiting team - Kala Sampada, India will be performing a spiritual dance – Gyana Maaragam. Well-known dance academy of Bengaluru Natyantharanga will be presenting Tri-Nritya Shailee – exploring the beauty of Bharatanatyam Kathak, Odissi in a collaboration. The famous fable Pied piper will be presented as – Vismaya – by Sanskriti School of Dance, New Jersey. This is an Indianized version of a story from Western civilization.  One of the most famous stories told in India - Sri Satyanarayan Katha – will be brought to stage first time in St. Louis. This is a presentation by Acharya School of Dance, Chicago. A creative bible story of Four Horsemen will be presented by Jiva Performing Arts, New York.  A contemporary theme is presented through Shakti- Women Empowerment - by Nrityarpana School of Dance, Cincinnati.

As in the past festivals, this year also students from all over US are given an opportunity to participate in National level classical dance competition “American Natya Idol”. This competition provides platform for students to showcase their skills and receive constructive feedback from visiting senior teachers on various aspects of dance forms: Abhinaya (expressions), dance complexity, clarity in poses, and choice of music.

Location Clayton High School
This festival is supported by parents of Soorya Dance and Music School; Missouri Arts Commission, Bright way Insurance, US Wide Financials, Stone Land Granite and Marbles, and support from other corporations and art patrons. More details on www.natya.org.

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