CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Department of Theatre and Dance at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi presented ‘Dances of India: An Evening of Classical Indian Dancing’ on Saturday, Aug. 22, in the Warren Theatre in the Center for the Arts.
The event included performances from award-winning dancers Dr. Sanjay Shantaram and Sneha Bhagwat. The dances, in the style of Bharatanatyam, showcased various types of classical Indian dances and different mythological stories from India, accompanied by custom classical music and original choreographed dances. Bharatanatyam is the oldest classical dance of India.
“It was an absolutely successful event, with a large audience, including a large portion of the local Indian community,” said Jilissa Cotten, Assistant Professor of Dance at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. “The University is happy to host events that give an opportunity for everyone to experience different cultures.”
Shantaram and Bhagwat have traveled across the nation to share their craft of traditional Indian dance at numerous festivals and workshops, and were excited to bring this performance to Corpus Christi.
“Sanjay is a trained dentist, though he gave up that profession for a life of dance,” said Pooja Bindingnavele, a dance instructor from Corpus Christi, who hosted the pair during their stay here. “Sneha is a lawyer, and while she continues to practice law, she spends half of the year performing dance across the globe.”
During a dance intermission, Dr. Mohan Rao, Associate Professor in the College of Business, made a presentation to the audience about the Desi Foundation Scholarship, which benefits international students. He urged the audience to consider funding the scholarship in amounts as modest as $1,000.
To learn more about the Desi Foundation Scholarship, go to http://desischolarshipfund.org/home.aspx.