As Martha Graham, one of the most cherished female dance icons had mentioned – dance is a language that could be expressed in many ways as it’s a soulful connection of the mind, body, and the divine. No event in the Michigan Indian community is complete without a traditional, folk or a film dance. The community has seen some enriching contributions and accomplishments by experienced and upcoming star sensations.
Today, as we celebrate World Dance Day amid the pandemic, we look back at the many contributions of our very own dance gurus, who are life-long students of dance. To each of them, dance symbolizes life, passion, and intensity.
India’s cherished dancers have brought culturally diverse dance forms into Michigan. Starting with one of our influential pioneers of Bharatanatyam who brought the dance form to the American world - Sudha Chandrasekar (fondly called Sudha aunty by many), the magnificent classical exponents like Chaula Thacker, Sangeeta Kar, Sreyashi Dey, Sandhya Sree Athmakuri, Asha Subramaniam, Radhika Acharya, Sailaja Pullela, Manisha Dongre, Bipasha Gupta Roy, Roopa Shyamasundara, Dhanya Vani Rao to the new age dancers like Anagha Huprikar, Nandita Bajaj, Mathangi Vinoth Kumar, Varsha Ambardekar and more, operating with one single goal, that of “igniting the spirit of the divine through dance.”
Here’s a collection that highlights the amazing diversity of performances put together by the dance gurus to commemorate World Dance Day, along with their special messages to the community.
» Smt. Sailaja Pullela – exclusive performance for World Dance Day 2021 » Smt. Roopa Shyamasundara
» Smt. Radhika Acharya
» Smt. Bipasha Gupta Roy
» PSA - Mai Family Services (www.maifs.org) » Smt. Varsha Ambardekar - exclusive senior dance
» Smt. Anagha Huprikar
» Smt. Nandita Bajaj » Mathangi Dance Company
* Please note that Smt. Sailaja Pullela is an exponent of the Kuchipudi dance form only. We apologize for the confusion.
Senior Dance 1:
Song: Shola Jo Bhadhake
Choreographer: Varsha Amberdekar
Senior Dance 2:
Niranjan and Sunetra Humbad have been ballroom dancing for over 20 years. They have performed this Char Kadam dance from 2014 movie PK. Sunetra is a great cooking instructor, and has written a cookbook "Indian vegetarian cooking at your home". Content coordinated by Mona Sashital ( MaiFS).
On behalf of Miindia.com, we thank all the beautiful dancers, students, and their gurus who have brightened the Michigan Indian community scene in Michigan with their brilliant contributions. We hope you enjoy their work. Please continue to support our dance fraternity – one of its kind in the United States of America.
As Agnes de Mille says, “To dance is to be out of yourself. Larger, more beautiful, more powerful…This is power, it is glory on earth, and it is yours for the taking”.