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Indian Dancers Bring Splash of Color to Chalon Little Theater

The Orange County-based Shivam Arts dance company performed its Colors of India showcase at the College in March in the Chalon Campus Little Theater.

The performance, sponsored by the College's Mind and Spirit Committee, evoked the splendors of Indian traditions, culture, literature, art, and music through the classical dance Kathak and folk dancing of India. The show blended experimental techniques with age-old traditions. Dancers performed several selections, including a vibrant folk dance from the state of Rajasthan, a desert known for its sandy dunes.

The company also highlighted an experimental fusion of the uplifting, scintillating rhythms of the Spanish guitar to the intricate precision and artistic finesse of Kathak dance. Guests saw a peacock dance that traditionally marks the arrival of monsoon rains.

Kathak dance originated centuries ago as a devotional dance in temples. The word Kathak means storytelling, and was used by nomadic bards to depict stories of Indian epics and Hindu mythology through hand movements, gestures, facial expressions and intricate footwork.

Punam Kumar, founder and director of the company, choreographed the event.

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