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This program introduces your students to the arts and culture of India through the 2,000 year old Bharatanatyam dance in full costume. The students will practice mudra (symbolic hand gestures) used in the dance and enjoy fascinating Indian myths told through lively storytelling dances. They will also have an opportunity to take a role in a dance-drama. According to grade level and chosen standards, Surapsari will talk about: characteristics of Indian dance, cultural values that are reflected in the art form, Carnatic music from southern India, and character development in drama and storytelling. This program aligns with the Common Core State Standards and North Carolina Essential Standards. The accompanying Study Guide provides pre/post-show activities and resources.
Surapsari presents dance, drama and shadow puppetry from Japan, India and Bali, where she has lived and cultivated intimate relationships with the local arts and cultures. Born in Japan, she grew up immersed in rich traditional arts of that country. She was particularly drawn to Kagura, the centuries-old mask dance and drama from Shinto shrines. She studied this ancient art with Osamu Wakayama, the lineage holder for the Wakayama school of Kagura, which is designated as an Important Intangible Cultural Property of Japan. Surapsari also has lived in Bali for more than 15 years and mastered dance, drama and shadow puppetry. Additionally she has studied Bharatanatyam Indian dance in the U.S. and India. Surapsari has performed internationally.