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inDANCE is excited to be invited to perform our critically acclaimed subversive works- Mea Culpa and excerpts from Holy Cow(s)! inDANCE last performed in New York five years ago to critical acclaim.

Beginning in the 1930’s, Indian dancers used their deep affinity for traditional forms as a springboard to push the boundaries of Indian dance, creating new forms to embrace emerging ideas of a new nation at the time of Partition. The spirit of innovation — even subversion — within tradition remains alive today, as a vital diaspora Indian dance community actively explores new creative territory.

Dancers/choreographers Sheetal Gandhi, Hari Krishnan, Parul Shah and Kuldeep Singh present excerpts from recent works that build on the traditional dance forms of Bharatanatyam, Odissi and Kathak. The performance will be followed by a panel discussion.

Event Details

Saturday October 27, 2018
7 - 9 p.m.

Asia Society
725 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021

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The full-length production featured a series of solos and duets, and included inDANCE's principal dancers Dr. Hari Krishnan and Dr. Srividya Natarajan along with musicians Vidya Sankaranarayanan, Vaaraki Wijayaraj, Dr. Davesh Soneji, Kajan Pararasasegaram and Mithuran Manogaran, lighting designer John Carr and costume/visual designer Rex.

The sold-out production integrated original courtesan dance from South India, complex choreography, live music and showcases repertoire rarely experienced on contemporary world stages.

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inDANCE’s principal dancer Vinod Para made his debut at Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival with “Black Box 3”, specially created for the Pillow’s Inside/Out Performance Series.

The solo challenged perceived notions of ethnic groups to remain in arbitrary boxes, limiting their ability to assimilate, integrate and truly express themselves. The deconstructed solo has all of the elements of Bharatanatyam technique and continues inDANCE’s mission to subvert outdated clichés and stereotypes, “Black Box 3”, situates Indian classical dance in non-conventional ways, rupturing the exoticism of the South Asian dancing body. Also sharing the mixed-bill performance was Kathak dancer, Barkha Patel.



inDance Ensemble




Hari Krishnan (Dance)- The Spirit of South Asia documentary, Canada, 2010

Artistic director of inDANCE, Hari Krishnan shares some of his thoughts on spirituality, humanity and art making.

"The Spirit of South Asia" was aired on Digital specialty service One: the Body, Mind & Spirit channel which broadcasted a series of interstitial segments celebrating the spiritual and cultural life of Canada's South Asian community.

Toronto-based Sixteen Films Limited produced the two-minute “Spirit of South Asia” for the network. Kudos and Bravo to the One network and Sixteen Films Limited for producing this thoughtful, meaningful and path-breaking documentary!