Indian Performing Arts Samskriti
Folk Dances of Rajasthan
By Anita Pradhan & Troupe, India. Courtesy of Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Govt. of India, and the Consulate of India in Houston
For the very first time in Houston!
FOLK DANCES OF RAJASTHAN, in celebration of the 75th anniversary of India's Independence - brought to you by Samskriti, with support from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Govt. of India, and the Consulate of India in Houston.
Rajasthan, one of India's most historic States, with its magnificent palaces and forts, also has a rich cultural heritage with diverse folk dances that require both talent and skill. Anita Pradhan's dynamic group of dancers have been selected by the Government of India as its cultural ambassadors, to showcase Rajasthan's most celebrated folk dances. Dazzling costumes, unusual props, complex moves, presented to lively traditional folk songs with their own distinct instruments, and all of these indigenous to the region - this is what the audience will see, hear, and enjoy. This is a performance which transcends geographical and language barriers, and the sheer variety and beauty of the dances is bound to keep the viewers mesmerized.
This is a FREE event, and open to all dance enthusiasts.
Anita Pradhan, the lead dancer and choreographer, is a gold medallist and "Best All rounder" awardee for dance. She is also a recipient of numerous other awards. She has represented India in cultural programs in Singapore, Hong Kong and Nepal, and in India's prestigious Khajuraho Festival. Anita is also a reputed theatre actor.
FOLK DANCES OF RAJASTHAN is funded in part by grants from the BIPOC Arts Network, the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.