Bharatanatyam
Ancient Temple Dance of South India
in the tradition of T. Balasaraswati
October 03, 2010

Boston Court's Fall Music Series generously sponsored by Elaine Kramer and Al Latham.

Boston Court's Fall Music Series is made possible in part by the Pasadena Arts & Culture Commission and the City of Pasadena Cultural Affairs Division.

One matinee performance only at 2pm!

Bharatanatyam is a sacred dance form that was a temple ritual within southern India for centuries until it was banned in the 1900's. 

A rare gathering of artists who studied directly with Balasaraswati (1918-1984) and her family.  Balasaraswati's (Bala's) family continued their art-- music and dance, which hailed from nine generations and turned to American students and a handful of Indians to carry on their ancient tradition.  The American Society for Eastern Arts, founded by Sam and Luise Scripps with guidance from ethnomusicologist, Robert E. Brown, was the organization through which the above American artists were given the opportunity to study directly with T. Balasaraswati and her brothers T.Viswanathan and T. Ranganathan.  Padma Madaboosi first learned this family's music in Madras, India when, at her father's insistence, she had lessons with M.S. Ramdass, vocalist, in Bala's Musical ensemble. Eva Soltes, began performing and teaching Bharatanatyam, after a decade of study, at the invitation of T. Balasaraswati. 

$15 Students/ $25 General Admission

Featuring:

Eva Soltes, dancer

Padma Madaboosi, vocals

Michael Davis, flute

Aggie Brenneman, cymbals

Rusty Gillette, mridangam (drum)

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