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Dance For A Difference

November 2004
Dance For A Difference

Bharata natyam program to benefit Georgia colon cancer coalition

MGR award winner Mythili Prakash performed Bharatnatyam to raise funds for the Georgia Colon Cancer Coalition (GCCC), a non profit organization. The auditorium of Hindu Temple, Riverdale was packed with an unusual mix of multiethnic audience to enjoy the performance which was accompanied by a live orchestra.

Mythili, a recent graduate of University of California, Berkeley has taken up Bharata Natyam as a career. She has given successful dance drama performances such as ?From Prince to Buddha', ?Bhagavad Gita', ?Meera & Shyama' and is currently on a world tour.

The performance initiated with a Ganapathy Vandhana to set the pace for the rest of the evening. Mythili's measured movements, her grip over rhythm, calm and confidence enthralled audience. Her splendid performance of Panchali Sabatham, a moving episode from the Mahabharatha, brought tears to many in the audience. The evening was concluded with the Mangalam dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi.

The live orchestra had its star in Siddarth Kelam who performed Laya Kavithai (rhythmic poetry), which describes the dedication and surrendering at Guru's feet.

The evening concluded with a talk from Professor Robin Rutherford, Division of Gastroenterology, Emory University School of Medicine who informed about colon cancer how it is the deadliest cancer in Georgia. The audience was further informed that since it's easily curable, early diagnosis and healthy living can reduce the mortality from colon cancer.

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