Sivam, Inc. presents:
Utsav: Celebrating India's Maestros of Music and Dance
Sivam, Inc was established with the mission of promoting opportunities for education and the advancement of Indian classical dance as a traditional art form. Utsav is a three-day celebration featuring performances of traditional Indian music and dance by renowned Indian artists.
Performance Timing for All Programs: 2 hours, with no intermission.
PERFORMANCE DATES & ARTISTS
Friday, Sep. 19, 7:30 p.m.
Jayanthi Kumaresh is one of the most accomplished and versatile veena instrumentalists who has been enthralling audiences the world over with her graceful, emotive, and expressive music for the last 25 years. She has been a part of music ensembles with musicians from India and abroad.
Saturday, Sep. 20, 2 p.m.
Bombay Jayashri is one of the most sought after Carnatic vocalists, as well as a composer with a career extending over two decades. Her quest to experiment with various forms of music has resulted in collaborations with many eminent artists, among them film director Ang Lee, where she perfomed the Oscar-nominated song "Pi's Lullaby" for the film Life of Pi.
Saturday, Sep. 20, 7:30 p.m.
Rahul Sharma is a versatile musician who plays the santoor, a 100-stringed instrument. While his first love is Indian classical music, he plays a vast spectrum of musical styles and collaborated with pianist Richard Clayderman for his album Confluence.
Sunday, Sep. 21, 2 p.m.
Pandit Birju Maharaj is the leading exponent of Kathak, the Indian classical dance form. He possesses the unique quality of in-depth understanding of the beat, and as a master storyteller, interlaces his performances with life incidents, narrated to captivate the audience.
Sunday, Sep. 21, 7:30 p.m.
Alarmel Valli is a dancer and choreographer who is among the most popular performers of the Bharatanatyam style of Indian classical dance. She bases her dance on the principle that this style is an evocative language where the dancer internalizes the idiom, thus writing her personal dance poetry.