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Discover the deeper essence of India's freedom struggle—the spiritual dimension. Uncover the power of non-violence, truth, and unity that drove the nation toward independence. Experience the transformative impact of spirituality as it intertwines with courage, resilience, and collective consciousness. Let India's freedom story ignite inspiration within you, encouraging conscious living, empathy, and the creation of a world founded on peace and harmony.
This event is sponsored by the GSC
Date: Sunday, Aug 13 @ 1:00 pm
Location: Havana, GCC, 750 Escondido Road, Stanford, CA
1:00 pm - 1:30pm - Delicious Vegetarian Lunch & Networking
1:30 pm - 2:15 pm - Classical Dance Performances -
1. Odissi by Indraadhanush - Center For Excellence
2. Bharatanatyam by Nartanaalaya - Temple of Dance
3. Kathak by California Nupur Dance Academy
2:15 pm - 3:30 pm: Talk on The Spiritual Dimension of India’s Freedom
Indraadhanush- Center For Excellence, specializes in Odissi, Semi-classical, and Folk dances. Students at Indraadhanush have performed at various cultural events and have won accolades for their performances both nationally and Internationally. Bidisha Mohanty, Founder & Artistic Director, has to her credits many awards including the prestigious Kalashree award from OSA, the Pritam Kaur Sondhi award from Akhila Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal, India, and many more.
Nartanaalaya - Temple of Dance is an institution aimed at preserving and propagating the ancient dance form of Bharatanatyam, one of India’s oldest and most sacred classical dance forms, was founded in 2012 by Smt. Chandna Talluri in Sunnyvale, CA, and San Ramon, CA
The mission of the school is to impart this divine art and inculcate devotion through dance along with Indian culture and values. This Temple of Dance wishes to bestow upon its students the essence of connecting the mind, body, and soul through learning and understanding this sacred art form. It’s a spiritual journey for each student where the emphasis is more on inner devotion through dance.
California Nupur Dance Academy teaches Kathak, semiclassical, folk dances to both in-state and out-of-state, children as well as adults. The academy was founded by Dipanwita Sengupta with blessings from her Gurus, the legendary Kathak maestro NrityaShiromoni Guru Bandana Sen and Kathak maestro Nrityavilash Guru Suchandra Banerjee
Professor Krishna Abhishek Ghosh is the director of a leading think-tank and research center, the Institute for Vaishnava Studies, recognized by the Florida Department of Education as an independent theological degree-granting seminary. In the past, he has been a professor of Hinduism and World Religions at Grand Valley State University, Michigan, and an Affiliate Professor at the Global Center for Advanced Studies, New York, USA. His interdisciplinary research and teaching interests span scholarly areas such as the history of religions, Indian philosophy and aesthetics (rasa), postcolonial and critical theories, and South Asian Studies. He received his Ph.D. from the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago in 2014, and an M.St. in the Study of Religions from Oxford University in 2006
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