Samudra Dance Creations and
The Caged Bird Sings (World Premiere)
Date and Time: Sunday, May 27, 3:00pm
Duration: 90 min, without intermission
Location: Cowell Theater
Early bird: $15
General Admission: $25
If you miss our early bird offerings, take advantage of our Festival Pass and see five shows for $75.00
The divine feminine has the strongest presence as Devi in Hinduism, among other major world religions, from the ancient times to the present. In Hinduism she is worshipped in her many forms including that of Saraswati the goddess of knowledge, as Lakshmi the goddess of spiritual & material prosperity and as Parvati who symbolizes strength and power. Ironically for women around the world still much is to be desired to ensure equal status on important issues such as education, economic empowerment, even just freedom of choice.
The Caged Bird who Sings is a new Indian Classical Dance (Bharatanatyam) production inspired by women who were ground breaking in how they challenged the norms and embody all the living Devis that walk this earth. This production delves inside these stories of hope and courage by weaving dance, original music score and rich poetry.
Jyotsna Vaidee is a dedicated Bharatanatyam dance artists who has immersed herself in the art for over 20 years. She truly believes that the authentic technique of Bharatanatyam is in fact a rich language that can be used to communicate and discover themes that are both traditional and contemporary. She is privileged to be studying with world renowned Gurus Padma Bhushan Prof. C.V Chandrasekhar and abhinaya exponent Smt. Bragha Bessell. Prior to that she studied with eminent Kalakshetra gurus Aravindans and K.P Kunhiraman & Katherine Kunhiraman.Jyotsna has given numerous solo performances around the world for organizations including Ragamala Music Society of Canada, YuvaBharathi, NorthwestFolkLife and at Kartik Fine Arts, Brahma Gana Sabha and others in Chennai, India. She has received several awards including Best Performer Award from the Parthasarathy Sabha and the title Nritya Shiromani in Indiaand the prestigious Indo-Shastri Fellowship from Canada. She has also performed extensively with acclaimed choreographer Lata Pada in Toronto, at venues such as the National Canada Dance Festival, Ottawa. She was also a performing artist with Contemporary Dance Company NATyA Jyotsna continues to share her passion for Bharatanatyam via her dance institution in Los Altos, CA.A multi faceted personality she holds a Masters in Computer Engineering is currently with Google. She finds that ultimately creativity is the driving force that helps her excel at both Art & Technology.
Priya Ramadoss is a Bharatnatyam dancer trained under Smt. Savithri Jagannatha Rao in Chennai, India for over 20 years. She is also being trained by Smt. Bragha Bessell, who hones her skills in abhinaya. Priya has given several solo performances in India under the auspices of Kalakshetra, Mylapore Fine Arts, Natyarangam and several other prestigious establishments in Chennai and around the world. Priya strongly believes in the uniqueness and authenticity of the style of Bharatanatyam, aka BAni, she has imbibed from her teachers. Hence, her choreography and presentation remain steeped in this belief.Priya runs an institution, Srishti Dance Academy that is based in California, through which she tries to train, and instill this belief that one does not learn pieces just to build one’s repertoire, but to help better understand the BAni, and then, find one’s uniqueness in this continuum.The Cleveland Tyagaraja Aradhana committee, in 2012, awarded Priya with the prestigious title of Kala Rathna to acknowledge her dedication to this art form.