IACA organizes Rhythms of India
The Berkmar High Auditorium was enlivened by the strides of performing artists and houseful audience on April 16 at the Rhythms of India (ROI) event organized by the India American Cultural Organization (IACA). The spectacular performances by 11 acclaimed Atlanta dance academies and guest artists left the audience spellbound.
[Left] Many performers came together for IACA Rhythms of India Show.
The brainchild of IACA’s current president, Chand Akkineni, the event was designed to depict rhythms in Indian dance forms and provide the audience a unique opportunity of witnessing these dance forms performed by talented artists on one stage in one night. The first ROI was held in 2009 but as the 2023 event demonstrated, ROI has risen to new heights in the years since.
The evening kicked off with the gracious performance by Nritya Natya Kala Bharti (NNKB) followed by the traditional lighting of the lamp by IACA EC and Board of Directors members: Ani Agnihotri, Chairman of the BOD; Dr. Paddy Sharma, BOD member; and Kaushal Tripathi, President of IACA. Johns Creek City Council Member, Bob Erramilli, was the guest of honor. The lovely anchors, Bhrushira Vyas and Sneha Gupta, lit up the stage with their amazing grace and radiant smiles.
The expert performances of the various academies set the audience on a journey to various states of India, narrating a myriad of mystical and mythological stories portrayed through melodious vocals and stunning traditional costumes. While most schools showcased their individual talents, some chose to collaborate with each other.
Scintillating dance performances marked the show.
Scintillating dance performances by Kalashram USA, Laasya School of Performing Arts, Deeksha School of Performing Arts, Nrithya Samarpanam, Samyukta Jugalbandi, the Assamese Association, Kalaivani Dance And Music Academy, Abhinaya Dance Academy, NNKB, Swaraajay Kalaa Tanda Atlanta, Swaranjali - Vocal and Sitar, and Illumination - Priyal Doshi’s Couture enthralled the audience.
The ROI 2023 also featured mesmerizing live music by renowned artists from India, including Anirban Bhattacharyya, a Hindustani classical vocalist of the Patiala Gharana and a senior disciple of Padmabhushan Ajoy Chakraborty, who was accompanied by sitar artist Chandrachur Bhattacharjee and tabla player Amol Khanapurkar.
“The highlight of this year’s show was to have phenomenal artists like Anirban Bhattachrya; the par excellence sitarist Chandrachur Bhattacharya; and Amol Khanapurkar, on tabla, perform at ROI,” Geetanjali Talukdar, the Executive Vice President of the IACA and the Program Director for 2023, noted. “It was a lot of hard work and innumerable hours that went behind the scenes in preparation for the event. I thank IACA for this golden opportunity to showcase India’s artistic best,” Talukdar said.
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