Malavika Sarukkai's Philadelphia Debut in the Philadelphia Inquirer

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Malavika Sarukkai. Photo by Deepa Colour Lab Delhi.

Bharatanatyam dancer Malavika Sarrukai's recent Philadelphia debut has been featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Presented by Sruti, the India Music and Dance Society, with support from The Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, Sarukkai performed her work Ganga – Nitya Vaahini at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on April 12, accompanied by a live musical ensemble. Ganga is the artist's homage to the sacred river Ganga and its importance in Indian culture, history, the environment, and spirituality.

In her review, Nancy G. Heller calls Sarukkai an "extraordinary Indian classical dancer" and writes, "Sarukkai didn't stint on sheer physical beauty—in her powerful, sensuous movement or her gloriously rich, blue silk costume accented with gold. But it takes a mature artist to resist the temptation to be simply beautiful, and—more important—to create and present eloquent moments of silence and stillness onstage." Read more >

The April 12 concert and performance was the culmination of a weeklong residency that also included master classes, a lecture-demonstration at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the screening of a documentary film, all made possible through Center support.