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Dance Theater of Nepal to perform, Nov. 18

Dance Theater of Nepal will perform at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 18 in the Film and Dance Theatre of the Frist Campus Center, Princeton University. The concert will feature master Nepali dancer, musician, teacher, and Dance Theater of Nepal co-director, Raj Kapoor, and eleven other artists performing dances, songs, and instrumentals that represent the diverse and rich cultural heritage of Nepal.

The program will feature ten dances, including the Avalokiteshvara Dance, a classical spiritual discipline dance that is popular in Buddhist traditions; the Newari Dance, a folk dance that recognizes the Newari people, the first settlers of the Kathmandu valley; the Lakhe Dance, a masked dance depicting a demonic-like deity that is driven away with the birth of Krishna, who signifies benevolent and divine power; the Shebru Dance, a dance from Sherpa, who are known for their mountaineering skills; and the popular Jhhyaure Dance, a folk dance.

Located in the Himalayas of South Asia, Nepal is home to Hindus and Buddhists, as well as other groups including Magars, Ksatriyas, Brahmins, Newars, Tamangs, Gurungs, and Sherpas. Nepals music and dance are a major force in the daily lives of the people and represent their religious, cultural, and personal experiences.

The Princeton University International Center and the South Asian Students Association, with financial assistance and co-sponsorship from the Undergraduate Student Government Projects Board and the Frist Campus Center, organize the concert. Admission is free with a Princeton University ID and a limited number of general admission tickets are available for $10. Tickets can be picked up or purchased at the Welcome Desk of the Frist Campus Center. For more information, contact the International Center at Princeton University at (609) 258-5006.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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