Thursday, April 16, 2009

Dance of the Enchantress, May 1, 8pm, Wang Center, Stony Brook University

South India's Graceful Dance, Mohiniyattam
Comes to the Charles B. Wang Center. Reserve NOW as we are sure to sell out!

Join Vijayalakshmi and her mother Bharati Shivaji, with their group of
accomplished Indian classical dancers trained in the southern Indian dance
form of Mohiniyattam on their very first tour of the United States in the Dance
of the Enchantress. Considered the most graceful of classical Indian dances,
Mohiniyattam is deeply rooted in femininity, grace (Lasya), and beauty
(Sringara) forming the quintessence of this dance form.

Trained at the Center for Mohiniyattam under her mother Guru Bharati Shivaji,
Vijayalakshmi has been described as a dancer "breathing fresh perspective into
tradition and creating choreographies on new contemporary themes."
Combining the traditional repertoire alongside contemporary influences in her
innovative choreographic works, both Vijayalakshmi and Bharati Shivaji and her
ensemble represent the best there is in Mohiniyattam today in India.

Mohiniyattam is based on the Hindu story of the Supreme God Vishnu
transforming into the female Mohini, a celestial being of unsurpassed beauty
and charm, in order to entice and deceive demons. The fluid movements of
this dance's traditional repertoire are also inspired by the nature and beauty of
the South Indian state of Kerala known for its lush green landscape, trees
swaying gently with the breeze and the calm and soothing backwaters.

There is a Dance workshop slated for Thursday, April 30, 7pm, Wang Theater.

Mohiniyattam gives us a glimpse of culture, tradition, life and aesthetics of
Kerala and lifts the audience to a blissful and mystical state.

Reservations highly recommended! Pre-Order Now while it is still early.
We are sure to sell out!

Performance time: Friday, May 1, 8:00 PM
Tickets for this event are:

$25 for VIP - Reserved, Prime and Priority Seating, free workshop on April 30
$10 for students and seniors, $15 for general admission

To Purchase Tickets by Credit Card: go to
To Reserve Tickets and get more information:
email or call (631) 632-4400

Dance Workshop on April 30, 7pm is $10.00 for all, free with purchase of VIP
Tickets. Reservations by phone and email.



Exhibtion closes Friday, April 3, Skylight Lobby, 8 am to 8pm weekdays

These three men, from different cultures, continents, and ages, dedicated
their lives for the common good of humanity. From the non-violent Indian
struggle for Independence led by Gandhi, to the courageous struggle for
African-American civil liberties led by King, to the quest for world-wide social
harmony, tolerance, and awareness led by Ikeda, the Gandhi, King, Ikeda: A
Legacy of Building Peace exhibiton provides a glimpse of the common path of
profound dedication and achievement in improving the lives of all people ,
linking friends from diverse communities together for a common cause

Sponsored by Soka Gakkai International—USA, Stony Brook University

Co-sponsored with:
Office of Diversity & Affirmative Action
Charles B. Wang Center's Asian & American Programs
Martin Luther King Jr International Chapel Morehouse College

To see the flier:
The Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University, located at Exit 62 off
the Long Island Expressway, initiates and collaborates with academic
departments, student groups, community organizations, and individuals in
presenting the public with a multifaceted, intellectually sound, and humane
understanding of Asia and Asian American cultures, and their relationship to
other cultures.

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