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Indo-American Arts Council (IAAC) has announced its annual Erasing Borders Dance Festival, September 22-26, 2021 at 8:30 P.M. ET. Now in its 14th year, the Erasing Borders Dance Festival will be all-virtual in its presentation. Ten artists trained in Indian dance forms from across the world will be brought together in a virtual borderless festival. The dance festival is one among Indo-American Arts Council’s other flagship events featuring music, film, and literature, all dedicated to furthering the knowledge and living practices of the arts of the Indian sub-continent.

Participating artists include Rukmini Vijayakumar, Preethi Athreya, Sonali Skandan, Kalamandalam Adithyan, Kaustavi Sarkar, Jyotsna Vaidee, Vaishali Trivedi, Bindu Rajendren, and Meera Sreenarayanan. Performances highlight Bharatanatyam, contemporary, Rajasthani folk, Kathakali, Odissi, and Mohiniyattam forms of dance. New to the festival this year will be a documentary presentation on September 23 by Kalbeliya World, an international solidary program that safeguards the art forms of women from traditional families of the Kalbeliya community in Rajasthan. Two morning workshops will round out the festival on September 25 and 26 at 10:00 A.M. ET. The first is led by Dr. Krishnakali Dasgupta and covers the Indian classical dance style of Manipuri and the second is a Rajasthani folk workshop conducted by Aakansha Maheshwari.

Each evening will include a panel discussion with the performers led by moderators who are among the doyen of the Indian dance community, explained Senior Curator Uttara Coorlawala. Kumudini Lakhia, Arshiya Sethi, Sonal Mansingh, and UK’s Chitra Sundaram will lead these vibrant panels.

A full schedule of the 2021 Erasing Borders Dance Festival follows:

Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 8:30 P.M. ET, performance moderated by Kumudini Lakhia
Rukmini Vijayakumar Bharatanatyam
Preethi Athreya Contemporary
Sonali Skandan Bharatanatyam

Thursday, September 23, 2021, 8:30 P.M. ET, performance moderated by Chitra Sundaram
Kalbeliya World Rajasthani folk
Kalamandalam Adithyan Kathakali

Friday, September 24, 2021, 8:30 P.M. ET, performance moderated by Sonal Mansingh
Kaustavi Sarkar Odissi
Jyotsna Vaidee Bharatanatyam group

Saturday, September 25, 2021, 8:30 P.M. ET, performance moderated by Arshiya Sethi
Vaishali Trivedi Kathak group
Bindu Rajendren Mohiniyattam
Meera Sreenarayanan Bharatanatyam

Sunday, September 26, 2021, 10:00 A.M. ET
Morning workshop:
Aakansha Maheshwari Rajasthani folk workshop

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