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Natya Dance Theater premieres
Inai - The Connection
Dance Center of Columbia College
November 7 - 10, 2019 Chicago

June 27, 2019

Natya Dance Theatre debuts a world premiere on the Dance Center stage with INAI–The Connection.

A partnership between Natya’s Artistic Director Hema Rajagopalan and Astad Deboo, a pioneer of modern dance in India who has worked with figures from Pink Floyd to Pina Bausch, ‘INAI - The Connection,’ will explore how to find connection with each other and oneness with the self. Eminent musicians led by Sikkil Gurucharan, renowned vocalist accompanied by eminent musicians from India, a life-size puppet, Deboo, and Rajagopalan herself will perform in this continent-crossing collaboration.

Dancers: Astad Deboo, Hema Rajagopalan, Emma Draves, Vidya Govind, Shantha Nair, Asha Rowland, Samsul, and Pawan Wagmare

Choreography: Astad Deboo and Hema Rajagopalan

Music: Sikkil Gurucharan accompanied by eminent musicians from India

Concept and Script: Sujatha Vijayaraghavan

Puppeteer: Pawan Wagmare

Costumes: Sandhya Raman

Lighting: Dustin Derry, Sarah Lachne

Dance Center performances:
November 7 - 9, 2019 at 7:30pm
Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago, 1306 S. Michigan Ave. Chicago, IL 60605

Get 20% off single tickets when you purchase during the Early Bird Sale (July 1st - August 1st)
Valid only for performances at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago.

Single tickets on sale July 1st (
Tickets: $30/general admission, $24/seniors, $10/ students

Special Chicago suburb performance:
November 10, 2019 at 3pm
Oswego High School, 4250 IL-71, Oswego, IL 60543

Tickets on sale July 1st (
Tickets: $50/ VIP, $30/general admission, $25/seniors, students

Contact for info: 312-212-1240 /

Natya Dance Theatre (NDT), under the artistic leadership of Hema Rajagopalan, is one of the most critically acclaimed and culturally treasured Indian dance companies in the United States. Natya was founded in 1974, in Chicago, IL. The highly innovative work of NDT is rooted in Bharatanatyam, one of the great classical dance forms of India. NDT preserves and perpetuates Bharatanatyam in all its classical rigor, and moves the art form in innovative directions to foster cultural exchange through dance. NDT’s contemporary interpretations incorporate dynamic body movement, rhythmic footwork, hand gestures and facial expressions to convey meaning and emotion that create rasa, aesthetic experiences that spiritually transform audiences worldwide.

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