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Padmashri Artist to Perform Bharatnatyam

April 2003
Padmashri Artist to Perform Bharatnatyam

Atlantans will have the rare opportunity to see a dance performance by Padmashri Alarmel Valli, one of India's most outstanding artists, at the Roswell Cultural Arts Center on May 4th 2003. The event is being organized by the Association for India's Development (A.I.D.) as part of its annual fund-raising efforts.

Alarmel Valli is an internationally acclaimed creative artist whose work reveals the infinite spaces within the traditional form of Bharatanatyam. Groomed from an early age by Sri Subbaraya Pillai, she is the foremost exponent of the Pandanallur style of the dance form. Her artistic vision was further enriched by her study of Odissi (under the renowned maestro Kelucharan Mohapatra) and music (under the eminent singer T Mukta). She is well known for her dance interpretations of Sangam poetry from ancient Tamil literature. Smt. Valli's other awards include the Kalaimamani (1979) from the State of Tamil Nadu and the Grande Medaille de la Ville de Paris (1997) from the City of Paris.

The Atlanta chapter of Association of India's Development (A.I.D.) is bringing Smt. Valli to town to raise funds for the underprivileged in India. A.I.D. has 40 chapters across the United States and is devoted to supporting community-based development projects in India. The projects are in areas of literacy, primary health, women's empowerment, sustainable agriculture, irrigation, etc. A.I.D. is also active in raising awareness about diverse social issues ranging from child labor to environmental pollution.

Padmashri Alarmel Valli's performance will be on Sunday, May 4th 2003, at Roswell Cultural Arts Center. For more details on A.I.D., this performance or on how to get tickets online, visit www.aidindia.org/atlanta or e-mail atlanta@aidindia.org or call (678) 320-0999.

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