This Weekend: Kalapriya Dance Company Presents NAVARASA

First, I realize this is sudden - work matters have kept me away from the keyboard. However, I wanted to quickly highlight a great event happening this weekend, and that I think you'll enjoy.

The Kalapryia Dance Company is putting on their production of Navarasa: The 9 Emotions of Draupadi, an Indian classical contemporary dance presentation.  The show will be held on April 16 at 7:30 pm, and April 17th at 2:30 on the main stage of the Athenaeum Theater, located at 2936 N. Southport close to the Wellington Brown Line. Tickets can be purchased at

Based in part on Bharata Muni's Natyashastra and the pic Mahabharata, the presentation portrays the nine moods of a woman named Draupadi, a princess who lives through times of great political and personal turmoil, and yet who manages to find her own inner voice and strength. Narrated by Dr. Pam Toler, University of Chicago, South Asian History, Navarasa relates an almost universal tale of personal growth, moving from negativity to inner peace.

It is also a great example of the work done by Kalapriya Dance Company, part of the Kalapriya Center for Indian Performing Arts. The Kalapryia Center is a holistic and integrated performing arts institution in the city of Chicago committed to cultivating, producing, and presenting high quality performance art and education rooted in the diverse cultural traditions of South Asia. It is a nonprofit, federally tax exempt 501(c)(3) foundation. One of the foremost Indian arts organizations in Chicago, Kalapriya perpetuates the rich classical and folk traditions of the subcontinent, along with the current, contemporary, and hybrid innovations of our time. Kalapriya embraces multiple genres of the Indian performing arts and works through artistic processes to engage audiences, empower students, and build community. Kalapriya’s programs reflect the unique Indian aesthetic and grandeur that entertain the Indian Diaspora and global audience.

Hope to see you there!

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