Signature Series presents a
mesmerizing journey into the Indian arts with
BROWSVILLE, TEXAS –April 2, 2013-The University of
Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College invites the Rio Grande Valley
to a feast for all the senses at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27, when The Arts
Center presents “Ragamala:
Sacred Earth” in a special evening of dance, music and
world cultural tradition.
In the final
performance of the 2012-2013 Signature Series
season, Minnesota-based Ragamala
Dance Company offers what – for some local arts patrons – will
be a rare experience of the classical south Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam.
To add to the multi-sensory experience,
Dr. Immanuel Edinbarough and Dr. Madhavi Reddy, along with the local Indian
community, are offering an authentic Indian pre-show dinner.
At times contemplative and joyful, the dance form
Bharatanatyam has its roots in India’s ancient temple arts, and includes both
rhythmic and narrative elements. Sacred Earth explores the essential
mysteries of man’s relationship with nature, in performances made richer by the
dancers’ colorful pleated costumes, rice-flour stage patterns, and the
whispering jingle of ankle bells.
Sacred Earth is sponsored by the India
Association of the Rio Grande Valley,
< along with a
consortium of several area businesses with ties to the Indian community,
<La Copa Inns, Jewelry Corner and South Texas Eye
Reddy, a Brownsville ophthalmologist and member of the India
Association, said sponsors from the Indian community hope to share their
cultural heritage with Brownsville, just as they have learned to appreciate the
Hispanic culture of the Rio Grande Valley.
“Music and dance elevate us beyond the mundane details of life and take
us closer to our essential spirit,” says Reddy. “By
sharing our arts and culture, we learn to see beyond our differences, understand
and appreciate each other. Classical Indian dance is about telling stories
through graceful, rhythmic movements and expressions along with melodious music.
The whole experience takes us to a different plane of joy and
The performance comes at the finale of a Signature Series season with a
broader theme of “tradition.”
“It’s very much a multi-sensory show, including the live music,” said
Dr. Dan Barnard, director of The Arts Center. “Part of the show involves the
creation of these traditional rice-flour designs (kolam) that the
performers make on stage, and then dance on top of. The whole experience is very
elegant, very mesmerizing.”
Individual tickets for the performance may be purchased online at
UTBTickets.com or by calling 956-UTB-TKTS
(956-882-8587). The reservation-only Indian dinner is sold