Welcome to the home of Kalaa,
Classical Indian Dance Troupe!
Kalaa is the Sanskrit word for "art". Our purpose is simply to share
our art with the Princeton and greater New Jersey community. We began humbly in the winter of the
2002-2003 academic year with only six dancers and have produced several
shows since. We also hold weekly classes on campus for those
interested in learning classical Indian dance.
Our show this year is
Shakthi: Heroines of India
Friday, April 18th, 6:00 pm and
Saturday, April 19th, 2:00 pm
The shows features a variety of pieces, each showing different aspects of the heroines in Indian tales.
The pieces this year include:
Enna Thavam Seithanai: The poet asks what penance Yashodha did, in all her former lives, to earn the reward of being the mother of God. Kalaa has taken the liberty of interpreting this piece as a soliloquy in which Yashodha asks this very question of herself, after realizing the power of the little boy Krishna that she has adored, scolded, and fretted over all these years.
Traditional Kuchipudi Dance
Thillana (Raaga Mand): A group of village girls get together one a beautiful day, and decide to leave behind their chores to dance their way to the temple of the goddess Gowri.
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