Bay Area Indian dance company Abhinaya's associate artistic director and principal dancer, Rasika Kumar, performs a 90-minute solo Bharatanatyam Indian classical dance comprised of five vignettes depicting the resilience of the human spirit. The classical dance concert draws from Hindu mythology as well as American history and current world events as Kumar portrays a devadasi (temple dancer) who refuses to abandon her art; a young woman, Savitri, who challenges Yama (the Hindu god of Death); Rosa Parks, who ignites a national movement with a simple act of defiance; Japanese citizens rebuilding their lives after a devastating tsunami; and the Hindu monkey-god Hanuman, who epitomizes bravery and strength. An ensemble of young musicians provides live musical accompaniment.
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