A demonstration of the music and dance of India will be featured at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in Brigham Young University's Dance Studio Theatre, 185 Richards Building. The one-hour program is free and open to the public.
Suma Sudhindra will perform classical music on the veena, an ancient and popular Indian string instrument, accompanied by percussionists V.S. Rajagopal on the mridangam and M.A. Krishnamoorthy on the ghatam.Padmini Ravi will interpret the ancient dance form Bharatha Natyam, known for its intricate footwork, mime and facial expression, all based on Hindu traditions.
Sudhindra, from Bangalore, India, has performed thoughout India in live productions and on television and radio. She is also the director of Tarangini, the Music School of Fine Arts in Bangalore.
Ravi is director of the Pradhan Dance Center in Bangalore and has been performing and teaching the Bharatha Natyam dance form for more than 15 years.
The ensemble is touring the United States under the auspices of the American Institute of World Culture in Overland Park, Kans. Their Provo performance is sponsored by the BYU dance department.