Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Himalayan Festival June 2

The 6th Annual Himalayan Performing Arts Festival will be held Saturday June 2nd. at the Krishna Temple one mile south of Spanish Fork on Main St. Performing artists will take the stage, and present a menu of folk dance, classical Indian dance, drama, music and songs, according to the following stage schedule.


Rasalila started her journey into the world of dance when she was 6 years old. She completed the National Choreography School of Bulgaria and then received the prestigious Scholarship from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) to study Indian Classical Dance and music under the renowned Guru Padmashri Saroja Vaidyanathan. She spent 7 productive years in India's Capital, New Delhi, imbibing all the nuances of the rich and ancient Vedic culture. Rasalila traveled to perform dance dramas in all the major dance festivals in India along with the troupe of her school.

Shashi Kalaskar- is from Pune, India, a great cultural center. Great artists from all over India came to perform in prestigious music festivals in Pune. These events influenced him deeply, and formed the basis of music he plays. He learned sitar from Pandit Sachhdanand Phadake. He has performed at various cultural events and concerts here in the US and in India.


Puja Allepalli is not only acclaimed for the perfection of her dance but also for the vibrant energy she radiates on the stage. Her personal style blends clean geometric lines, perfect hand gestures with accuracy and brisk footwork. She has performed extensively in India and in the US. Her performances have received wide acclaim by the eastern and western audiences. Having dedicated her life to this art form she founded 'Shivanjali'- a center for Indian Classical dance in Denver.



Shatakshi Goyal, 16 years old, has been learning Bharat Natyam dance from Sudha Vasudevan for last 7 years. She will perform Dasavatara in the rhythms Ragam Revathi and Thalam Adi. Shatakshi is a junior in Electrical Engineering at Boise State University, Boise, Idaho and has performed at several cultural events worldwide.


*Shreyas Hoskere is a disciple of Vidwan Sri S.A. Shashidhar - a disciple of Vidwaan Dr N Ramani. Shreyas has been performing professionally since 6 years and has given concerts in the UK, US and several prestigious stages in India. He plays the bamboo flute - the musical instrument of choice of Lord Krishna and also plays the saxophone in the traditional south indian (Carnatic) classical style.


Braj is a certified Iyengar Yoga instructor, with a combined teaching experience of over 12 yrs. He studied under the direct tutelage of the Iyengar family at the prestigious RIYMI institute in Pune india in 2002, and had successfully completed the certification process in the U.S. He has taught Yoga internationally including Mayapur, India ; Odessa, Ukraine; Sofia- Bulgaria; and other place in the U.S. Currently he teaches at the Govinda's Yoga studio in West Los Angeles.