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Dancing Ancient Indian Civilization

Dancing Ancient Indian Civilization
Travel back to Indus Valley Civilization with an approximately 4,500 year old statuette, Dancing Girl, as a guide. The students will explore social life, arts, religion, and important achievements of this civilization, while watching Surapsari's Bharatanatyam Indian dance and trying mudra (symbolic hand gestures) and poses used in the dance. This multimedia show incorporates a PowerPoint presentation that showcases the images of key artifacts from the ruins of Indus valley civilization. This program is a fascinating way to learn about ancient Indian civilization, which influenced societies far and wide over centuries. This program aligns with North Carolina Essential Standards in Social studies and Dance.

Artist Background

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.

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