Lassiter Concert Hall recently echoed the cadenced strides of performing artists at the Rhythms of India event organised by the India American Cultural Association (IACA). The physical event, which was also broadcast live on Facebook and Zoom, received many accolades from the audience and performers.
Twelve of Atlanta’s exclusive dance academies like Sasikala Penumarti, Abhinaya Dance Academy moved their best foot forward to present a wonderful show par excellence. The dances showcased the story of Arya and her mother, who set on a journey to see several dance forms across India.
The dance event presented an array of dance forms, including classical, regional folk dances and Bollywood.
The program was put together with a fine combination of lighting, visuals, choreography and coordination by a band of dedicated volunteers and in the presence of Geeta Talukdar and Devyani Desai, the program directors.
The event was designed in such a way that it could depict rhythms in Indian dance forms providing the American audience with a unique chance to witness these dance forms performed by talented dancers within a few hours, said the brainchild of IACA’s present president Chand Akkineni. “It is heart-warming to see Rhythm of India (ROI) make a comeback after the first event organised in 2009. The sounds of the bell, the steps from the beats, ROI will guide you towards distant dreams.”
Vir Nanda, Chairman at Indian American Cultural Association, stated, “We are delighted to have all dance academies come together.”
The list of the 12 academies
Apart from Sasikala Penumarti, Abhinaya Dance Academy, other participating academies are Academy of Kuchipudi Dance, Kalaivani Dance Academy, Kalashram USA, School of Kathak Dance & Performing Arts, Deeksha School of Performing Arts, Shiv’s Institute of Dance, Atlanta Nritya Academy, Garima Dance Academy, Natyanjali Academy of Dance, Nritya Natya Kala Bharati and Prem’s Dance Studio.