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Rasa in Yoga and Yoga in Performance with Priyadarshini Shome

The Gandhi Memorial Center in collaboration with the Embassy of India invite you to a presentation and dance demonstration by Priyadarshini Shome that highlights the Natya Sastra and Indian Sanskrit Performance Techniques that are a complete Yogic System of embodied practice and lead to ultimate Rasa or aesthetic evocation both for the performer and the spectator. Ms. Shome is an accomplished Indian classical and contemporary dancer, choreographer and Visiting Faculty at Brown University.

Refeshments will be served following the lecture/demonstration with an opportunity to meet the artist. Please RSVP by February 26 to info@gandhimemorialcenter.org

Priyadarshini Ghosh Shome, Artistic Director of Natyanova, has been an established Classical Mohini Attam dancer, as well as Contemporary dancer and choreographer for the past many years. Starting her training with Guru Smt Thankamani Kutty in the classical dance styles of Bharatanatyam and Mohini Attam, she specialized in Mohini Attam, with Kalamandalam Kalyani Kutty Amma and is a disciple of Smt. Kalanidhi Narayanan in Abhinaya. Trained in Seraikella Chhau with Sashadhar Acharya, she is proficient in Yoga with a teacher’s certification. An MFA in Dance from Kalidas Sanskrit University, she has a Diploma for Performing Arts from the Children’s Little Theatre. She has also completed a senior fellowship in dance research from the Ministry of Culture, Govt of India.

Apart from Mohini Attam, having ventured into Contemporary Dance, amalgamating cross training in some modern dance and Improvisation techniques with Indian dance, martial arts and Yoga, she performs and lectures actively in many prestigious venues and festivals both as a soloist and also with her Natyanova troupe, including a tour to east Europe with the ICCR.

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7:30pm 7:30pm

Gandhi Jayanti

The Gandhi Memorial Center in cooperation with the Embassy of India commemorates the 146th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.  All are welcome for this observance of Gandhi Jayanti on Friday, October 2, 2015 at 7:30pm in the Golden Lotus Temple (across the street from the Gandhi Memorial Center.)  Keynote address will be presented by His Excellency Arun K. Singh, Ambassador of India to the United States, Bharatanatyam dance invocation and devotional music will be offered in reflection of the life and soul of Mahatma Gandhi. 

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6:30pm 6:30pm

An Odissi Dance Repertoire by Nrityalaya

An Odissi Dance Repertoire by Nrityalaya

Senior dancers of Nrityalaya will perform a repertoire with explanation in the Odissi style of Indian Classical dance. Odissi is an elegant, subtle style of classical dance, which focuses not only on intricate technical movements, but also on fluid gestures, delicate torso movements and self-expression or Ahbinaya. One of seven forms of classical dance in India, Odissi comes from Orissa in Eastern India and its roots date back 2000 years. The Odissi musical tradition is a unique blend of Hindustani (North Indian) and Carnatic (South Indian) styles of Indian classical music.

Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 6:30pm
Admission payable at the door: ($5)

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7:30pm 7:30pm

Indian Classical Music with 3 Instruments: Flute, Tabla and Pakhawaj

On Friday, April 3, 2015 the Gandhi Memorial Center will present an evening of pure Hindustani Classical Music with Rupak Kulkarni on flute, Akhilesh Gundecha on Pakhawaj and Hindole Majumdar on Tabla.  This unique ensemble will provide an innovative and melodious combination of instruments.  

Admission will be payable at the door: $20

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"India: Culture, Traditions and Gandhi"

The Gandhi Memorial Center presents a weekly course for members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of American University on "India: Culture, Traditions and Gandhi" for 10 weeks beginning in March.  Each session will introduce a different topic related to Indian culture and traditions.  For more information about the course: OLLI

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4:00pm 4:00pm

New Year's Eve Meditation

All are invited for contemplation and meditation from 4pm to 6pm on December 31, 2014.

Enter the chapel of the Golden Lotus Temple between 4 and 6pm for your own individual devotion and meditation. Please observe silence in the chapel.

Let the peaceful music offered into the receding twilight of 2014 (4pm to 5pm) draw us into Self-reflection and meditation.

Music will be offered by Jeffrey Hallam Bauer on piano and Srimati Kamala on sitar.

At sunset, following Kamalaji's lead, each person may proceed to illumine a candle, in the prayerful light of faith and holy hope, and offer an incense of fragrant devotion at the beautiful altar prepared for your silent invocation.

All are welcome.

Golden Lotus Temple
4748 Western Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20816

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