Prakriti Dance presents
Amba Shikandi
Feb 12, 18 & 25, 2018
Vishakapatnam, Chennai, Mumbai

February 6, 2018

Maryland based Prakriti Dance presents AMBA SHIKANDI featuring Co-Artistic Directors Kasi Aysola, Madhvi Venkatesh and troupe.

Inspired by the Mahabharata epic, Amba Shikandi: A Journey of Courage narrates the story of Amba, who goes to any lengths to find her justice. Taken away from her true love by Bhishma, she cannot marry and finds herself ostracized and alone. Instead of accepting her fate, she seeks divine intervention to find her own justice. Like Amba, may we all have the courage to follow our own journeys and find our true destinies. May the roaring flame of Amba Shikandi's spirit blaze a path for all.

-Feb 12: VMDA Sabha, Vishakapatnam, 6.30pm
Presented by Visakha Music and Dance Academy

-Feb 18: Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore, Chennai,11am

-Feb 25: Evam Festival, Mumbai, 7pm
Presented by Rasa Bodhi Foundation

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KASI AYSOLA is the Co-Founder/Co-Artistic Director of Prakriti Dance. He is a Bharatanatyam dancer, choreographer, and nattuvanar who trained under his Guru, Viji Prakash, for over ten years. Kasi has been privileged to work with leading exponents of Bharatanatyam such as: C.V. Chandrasekhar, Sudha Chandrasekhar, Bragha Bessel, Ajith Bhaskaran Dass, Harikrishna Kalayanasundaram, and Mythili Prakash. A versatile and composite artist, Kasi has furthered his study of varied Indian dance and music. He is training in Kuchipudi dance and also Carnatic music under Vanaja Dasika.

DR. MADHVI VENKATESH is the Co-Founder/Co-Artistic Director of Prakriti Dance. She is a dancer and choreographer who specializes in Bharatanatyam though she has also studied modern dance and ballet. She trained for over ten years with Viji Prakash and subsequently refined her art under the guidance of various esteemed Bharatanatyam stalwarts such as: Guru T.K. Kalyanasundaram, Harikrishna Kalyanasundaram, Indira Kadambi and Sreelatha Vinod. She has received recognition and funding for her dance pursuits from various organizations including the National YoungArts Foundation, Maryland State Arts Council, and Alliance for California Traditional Arts.