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Dance Fest sheds light on 2,300 years of Natya Shastra

May 2024
Dance Fest sheds light on 2,300 years of Natya Shastra

On March 23rd, West Forsyth High School was in an explosion of color, music, and dance as the North GA Indian Dance Festival 2024 attracted nearly 600 attendees. The event was a celebration of the ancient and vibrant tradition of Indian dance, showcasing a cultural odyssey spanning nearly 2,300 years of history. The festival featured a dazzling array of performances from renowned dance companies such as the Soorya Ensemble Los Angeles and Atlanta, Rudram Dance Company Florida, Darshini Natyalaya ATL, and Bharata Darshana ATL, each adding their unique thread to the rich tapestry of this cultural masterpiece.

[Left] GA Congressman Todd Jones with the organizers.

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 [Top] Senator Todd Jones inaugurates the fest.

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Soorya Ensemble, Los Angeles.

Each performance was meant to transport the audience through time, from the historical depths of the Natya Shastra to the spirited present day, blending the ancient with the contemporary in a display of artistry and passion.

Reflecting on the event’s success and its warm embrace of Indian culture in the heart of Georgia, State Representative Todd Jones said, “Witnessing the North GA Indian Dance Fest flourish in Cumming has been an extraordinary experience. It’s not just about the mesmerizing performances; it’s a profound dialogue of cultures, a bridge connecting Georgia and India in the past and present. I am honored to have shared this day with such a unique and heartfelt community.”

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[Top] Participants at NGIDF 2024.

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[Top]  Rudram Dance Company, Tampa.

Guru Sushma Mohan, the artistic director of the Soorya Foundation for Performing Arts, shared her thoughts on the festival’s impact saying, “The North GA Indian Dance Fest is more than an event; it’s a beacon for cultural preservation and community unity. Bringing the story of Indian tradition alive in Cumming has been incredibly fulfilling. We are dedicated to keeping this beautiful tradition vibrant and accessible. I invite everyone to join us next year and be part of this enriching cultural journey.”

Dance gurus based in Georgia: Sasikala Penumarthi, Padmaja Kelam, Gayatri Seshadri, and Soujanya Madhusudhan were honored at the event along with special guest artist Guru Tara Priyadarshini from Tampa.

Photographs by PhotoXperts

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[Top] Soorya Ensemble, Cumming.


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