Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose


Sanchaari - Elaboration

Date and Time: Friday May 26, 8:00pm
Duration: 90 minutes, no intermission
Location: Cowell Theater

Ticket Information

General Admission: $25
Children under 18: $12.50
Discounts: Full time students with ID and Seniors, $4 off cover price 
Limited early bird tickets available until March 31 from $12.50

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Work Sample


The traditional framework of the 2000 year old classical Bharatanatyam dance has engendered many interpretations through its renaissance period of the early 20th century to the present time. ‘Sanchaari Bhava’, is a term that denotes the embellishment of the literal meaning of texts through the individual dancer’s imagination, skill, and experience. This concert features the elaborations of the traditional technique that has resulted in distinctive dance pieces in Abhinaya Dance Company’s repertoire over the past 36 years.

The Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose was founded by its Artistic Director Mythili Kumar in 1980, to present innovative and professional quality performances of South Indian classical dance. To date, Abhinaya has staged over 30 original dance productions and is known for its adherence to tradition as well as its multi-cultural collaborations. The company has appeared several times in the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. Abhinaya has been awarded several grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and from state and city agencies. In November 2015, Abhinaya celebrated its 35th Anniversary.


Mythili Kumar, Artistic Director & Choreographer

An accomplished artist, Mythili Kumar performed extensively in India before moving to the U.S. in 1978. Her artistic ability and the high quality of her dance choreography have been recognized in the U.S where she has been awarded several Choreographer's Fellowships from the NEA. Mythili Kumar has taught at Stanford University and San Jose State University, and currently teaches a fall semester course at University of California at Santa Cruz. She was honored by World Arts West with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 and received a “Sustained Achievement Award” by the Bay Area Isadora Duncan Award committee in, 2011.

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