Sarika | May 5, 2014

What A Weekend!!!

This was a huge weekend for SAPAN!! First off, our incredibly talented and hard working dancers performed an original choreographed piece combining bhangra and raas for a 450+ engagement party in Maryland. Our dancers worked tirelessly for the last few weeks putting this piece together and the crowd LOVED it!!!

From Left to Right: Palak, Anishi, Ameya, Trisha, Silky, Ahsin and Shama
From Left to Right: Palak, Anishi, Ameya, Trisha, Silky, Ahsin and Shama

Secondly, we also kicked off our exciting partnership with the Smithsonian on Saturday. The Smithsonian had an event, I am Beyond, to celebrate the opening of the exhibit, the beginning of Asian Heritage Month and Family Day. We were lucky enough to be invited to conduct two dance workshops in the space itself at 1:00 and 2:30 pm. Sid did an amazing job leading the demo and Sejal, Prabhu, Megha, Natasha and Sarika helped get the crowd exited and engaged.

From Left to Right: Prabhu, Sarika, Megha, Sejal and Sid
From Left to Right: Prabhu, Sarika, Megha, Sejal and Sid

Check out our Instagram to see videos and more pictures from this weekend! Lastly, our beautiful fliers were made that outlines all of our upcoming performances at the Smithsonian this month. A huge thank you to Jessica for putting this together for us - she did a brilliant job!

Living Beyond Bollywood

About the Author

Sarika began learning Bharatanatyam at the age of 6 and performed her Arangetram (solo dance debut) in 2000 under the tutelage of the Kunhiramans. Throughout her training, Sarika also attended the Natya-Adyayana-Gurukula (summer dance camp) conducted by the world renowned Dhananjayans. She has performed in multiple venues within California and was a part of the Dhananjayan dance drama, Satya Shivam Sundaram which toured through the East Coast. Although Bharatanatyam was Sarika’s first exposure to dance, she has since developed a love for other South Asian performing arts by performing with the UC Davis Girls Bhangra Team, Ronak Punjab Ki. She has also used her expressive talent to perform Bollywood film songs at weddings, at the University of Maryland Cultural Shows and a Virginia-based dance company. Sarika continues to pursue all forms of dance and has found that it has shaped many other aspects of her professional and personal life. Professionally, Sarika is a consultant specializing in Program Management and Strategy.

Photography courtesy of Sardar Aziz and Shan Jalla
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