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Natya Dance Theater’s “Flowering Tree”

Written by: Communicator StaffNovember 08, 2014

Madolyn Murray

The IPFW College of Visual and Performing Arts and Shruti, the Indian Cultural Society of Fort Wayne, will be showing the Natya Dance Theatre’s presentation “The Flowering Tree” Nov. 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Auer Performance Hall.

The price of admission is free for university students with ID, and $10 for the general public.

“The Flowering Tree” is part of the IPFW-Shruti Indian Performance Series, an initiative started three years ago by Shruti and the previous Dean of the CVPA, Chuck O’Connor, to help introduce Indian dance, music and theater, along with cultural lectures and art, to the greater Fort Wayne community.

John O’Connell, dean of IPFW’S College of Visual and Performing Arts, has continued support for the Series, which is now in its third season. The tickets being free for all university students, not just from IPFW, was mentioned by O’Connell as being “a directive from the Shruti members.”

Dr. Chilakimarri of Shruti explained that all of the artists featured so far as part of the Series are famous, “iconic legends in their field,” and recipients of the Indian government’s highest civilian honors. The appeal and talent of the artists involved in the productions has lead people not only from Fort Wayne, but from Indianapolis, Chicago, Detroit, Dayton and Ann Arbor to see the performances.

The dynamic and expressive Bharata Natyam style dance performance, choreographed by Krithika and Hema Rajagoplan, is based off of A. K. Ramanujan’s translation of an Ancient South Indian folk tale, involving a young girl with the power to transform herself into a tree.

Dr. Chilakimarri said the performance itself would be performed with instrumental music with some English translation to avoid a language barrier.