Director of Three Aksha School of Performing Arts, Viji Rao is a dancer trained in Bharatanatyam, a classical South Indian dance form marked by expressive hand gestures and elaborate rhythmic patterns. In 2012, with Center support, Rao developed a series of solo works that expanded upon her artistic roots in South Indian dance in collaboration with Hari Krishnan, artistic director of INDANCE, Toronto, who specializes in experimental exploration of Bharatanatyam traditions; C.V. Chandrasekhar, one of India's most highly regarded Bharatanatyam practitioners who creates choreography within the canon of traditional vocabulary; and Delhi's Santosh Nair, who will creates contemporary works based in the generations-old martial art form of Chhau.
- Collaborators & ColleaguesSam Miller
Sam Miller is the former president of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, and currently serves on the Board of Amrita in Phnom Penh. He served as a Center dance panelist and LOI panelist in 2013, Pew Fellowships evaluator in 2014, and Pew Fellowships Panel Chair in 2015.people-contentsam-miller
- Grants & GranteesSaayujya (The Merging)
Two of India's preeminent artists, Carnatic vocalist T.M. Krishna and bharata natyam dancer Priyadarsini Govind, will fuse classical South Indian music and dance in a world premiere that is the culmination of a two-year artistic collaboration, and is inspired by themes of liberty and freedom drawn from Philadelphia's history.grant-contentsaayujya-the-merging-