See saw: Celebration Time

As “Fourth of July” fireworks lit up the skyline of every city in America,the US Ambassador to India,Nancy Powell,celebrated the day in India with much fanfare.

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published: July 5, 2012 3:03:16 am

As “Fourth of July” fireworks lit up the skyline of every city in America,the US Ambassador to India,Nancy Powell,celebrated the day in India with much fanfare. She attended a party held at the American Embassy in Chanakyapuri,which buzzed with excited conversations,the tinkle of glasses,an array of munchies and elegant music and dance. On the eve of the American Independence Day,Powell had stopped by a departmental store,Le Marche’s South Point Mall outlet in Gurgaon,which is hosting an extended American Independence Day US Food and Beverages Festival in the city.

Sastry’s Lankan Mudra

For danseuse Savitha Sastry,her Bharatanatyam recital Soul Cages,which was performed for the first time in Delhi earlier this year,is a new way to reach out to the audience as well as to increase the appeal of the dance form. The performance,which captures the cycle of life and death as a journey rather than an end in itself,is a musical — a dance performance and a narrative rolled into one. Unlike traditional Bharatanatyam performances,Soul Cages does not showcase stories from mythology or religion. Instead,it presents a novel story,not limited to any particular religion or belief system and is relevant to all times. Sastry,who is empaneled with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations,will now present Soul Cages in Colombo,Sri Lanka,on July 7 and 8,in association with Indian Cultural Centre,Colombo.

Canadian Pianist Prodigy in India

After travelling around the globe and performing at some of the most prestigious concert halls,Canadian pianist Berenika Zakrzewski is all set to perform in the Capital. Besides being the recipient of the notable LeonardBernstein Scholarship at Harvard University,she’s also had the honour of performing for Queen Elizabeth II. The concert is being organised by the High Commission of Canada,in partnership with Harvard Club of India and India-Canada Alumni Network,with a view to support a Canadian NGO — Canassist Society. The programme will be held at Auditorium Information Centre,Baha’i House of Workship,Kalkaji,on July 11,7pm.

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