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Inside Jiva Gala 2016

Congregation Rodeph Sholom, 7 W 83rd St, New York, NY 10024
November 3rd, 2016 at 6pm

The Board and Patrons of Jiva Performing Arts invite you to our fourth annual gala!

Dance - Dinner - Music - Cocktails - Silent Auction

Purchase tickets now!

Jiva's fourth annual gala celebrates another year of excellence in Indian classical dance programming and pedagogy. Join us for exclusive performances, fine Indian cuisine, drinks, and dancing, as we share our plans for the exciting future of Indian classical arts in New York City.

Featuring:

Laveen Naidu, Keynote speaker, former Executive Director of Dance Theatre of Harlem
Sonali Mishra, distinguished Odissi dancer
Jiva Dance, our resident performing company
Bala Skandan, composer and leader of Akshara music ensemble
Hemant Mathur, Michelin-rated chef and restaurateur
MC Pervez and DJ Sunny, top South Asian event and wedding entertainers

Program:

6:00pm: Meet & Greet with Cocktails
7:30pm: Program Begins
- Special performance by Jiva's dance students
- Odissi-Bharatanatyam dance duet by Sonali Mishra and Sonali Skandan
- Keynote speech by Laveen Naidu
- Premiere of Jiva Dance's new short film
- Family-style dinner catered by Kurry Qulture
- Musical performance by Akshara
- Silent auction announcements & pledge drive
- Dessert & dancing with DJ Sunny & MC Pervez

Funds raised from this event benefit Jiva's ongoing efforts in dance education, financing new instructional videos, master classes, assistant teacher training and salary, a travel fund for intensive study in India, our beloved Vidyanjali student showcase, and much more!

Featured Bios:

-1Keynote speaker Laveen Naidu began studying ballet in his native Cape Town, South Africa, and went on to earn a scholarship from the Dance Theater of Harlem in 1992. After many years of international touring, he became the executive director of the Dance Theater of Harlem. Under Naidu's leadership, the company flourished and grew after a long hiatus and collaborated with national arts institutions like The Kennedy Center. He is currently Artistic Director of BalletNova in Falls Church, VA.



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Sonali Mishra began her training in the Odissi dance tradition under Smt. Chitralekha, Smt. Ellora, and Sri Devraj Patnaik in Toronto. Since 1995, she has been travelling regularly to Orissa, India for further study and refinement. Sonali has performed as a soloist and has given masterclasses and lecture-demonstrations to dance students and lovers throughout the US, Canada, India, the UK, and Malaysia to widespread acclaim.




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Jiva Dance is Jiva's resident performing company. Led by Jiva Artistic Director and choreographer Sonali Skandan, Jiva Dance performs original classical choreography in the Bharatanatyam style and has received widespread acclaim for their efforts in performance and education.



Screen Shot 2016-10-13 at 4.24.16 PM Akshara is a New York-based ensemble led by composer, mridangist, and educator Bala Skandan. Blending Carnatic, Hindustani, and World music traditions, Akshara collaborates extensively with Jiva Dance, and recently recorded their debut album. The ensemble also features MaxZT, Arun Ramamurthy, Jay Gandhi, and Kabilan Jeganathan.



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Michelin Star chef Hemant Mathur is the prolific restaurateur behind many of New York City's biggest names in fine Indian cuisine like Tulsi, Devi, and Tamarind, as well as many up-and-coming eateries like Kurry Qulture in Astoria, Queens, focused on regional and seasonal Indian cuisines.





DJ Sunny and MC Pervez are sought-after local entertainers and facilitators for events in the South Asian communities of New York City and beyond. Their high energy, charisma, and extravagant light shows make them highly in demand for weddings, corporate events, and more.

Thanks to Our Sponsors

AMC Theatres
City Winery
Core Pilates NYC
The New York Jets
Magnolia Bakery
Paper Culture
Soaring Adventures
SoulCycle NYC
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We hope you will join us for a fantastic evening! Purchase tickets here.

Performance – Jiva at Stages in the Square

Jiva is delighted to announce a free public performance as part of Madison Square Park’s “Kids Fest: Stages in the Square” on October 15. Jiva Dance and students will present their work to live musical accompaniment as part of this family-friendly event, which features a diverse selection of performers from around the city on three stages.

Jiva’s performance will close out The afternoon-long event , which runs from 11am until 3pm.

We hope you will join us for a beautiful outdoor performance!

Madison Square Park - 11 Madison Ave.
FREE and open to the public!
October 15th, 2:30pm - 3pm

Workshop: The Art of Abhinaya

Join us for a weekend-long Abhinaya (art of expression) workshop for kids and adults. The workshop is conducted by Indira Kadambi, a highly talented and much sought after teacher in the art of Abhinaya.

Indira Kadambi is one of the foremost and outstanding exponents of Bharatanatyam today. She is one of the most sought after Abhinaya teacher today. Her works are traditional, yet contemporary, and she has traveled all over the word performing and teaching.

In 1987, Along with her husband T.V. Ramprasadh, a well known Carnatic classical vocalist, Indira Kadambi established Ambalam, Centre for Performing Arts. In 2012, eAmbalam launched the world’s first Online College of Indian Performing Arts offering Diploma and short term certificate courses in Bharathanatyam & Carnatic vocal integrated with Yoga along with SaMaaGaMa, a vibrant, interactive, community portal for artists and art connoisseurs worldwide.

Special Early Bird Pricing until 10/10/16: $225 including music!
limited spots are available for Early Bird.
After 10/10, workshop fee is $250.

Please email jivaperformingarts@gmail.com and follow this ticketing link to reserve a spot in class! Reservations are not confirmed until payment is received.

This workshop is co-organized by Jiva Performing Arts and Kumari Mayshark Patel.

Cameo Studios - 307 West 43rd Street, between 8th & 9th ave
Friday, October 28th & Saturday, October 29th, 2016

Jiva Gala 2016

An evening of music, dance, cocktails and fine cuisinePlease join us for Jiva’s annual Gala 2016 and and become a patron of Classical Indian dance in NYC

Congregation Rodeph Sholom 7 West 83rd St. NY, NY 10024
November 3, 2016 6:00PM
Jiva Performing Arts is hosting its annual Gala - an exciting evening featuring performances by talented musicians and dancers and featuring cocktails, dinner and dancing. The event will support our growing efforts to create engaging Indian classical music and dance programming in the NYC area. Tickets and event details can be found here: jivagala2016.eventbrite.com

Ragas and Rhythm for Dancers

A course for dance students to introduce the concepts of Carnatic Raga (melody) and Tala (rhythm). The understanding of Carnatic music is essential for any Bharatanatyam dancer in order to internalize the rhythms and melodic complexities inherent in the music compositions for dance.

Classes at Lighthouse International - 111 East 59th St. NYC, 4th Floor dance studio
Spring 2014
Fridays once a month starting February 7, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6
Instructor: Bala Skandan
6:30-7:30PM
This course is designed to gently introduce the dancer to the main concepts of Carnatic rhythm and melody through verbal demonstrations, discussions and practice. The goal is to strengthen the skills which will allow the dancer to become fully aware of the music they dance to, to become better and more aware artists and students, and to eventually acquire the skills necessary for teaching and creating their own work.

Weekend Yoga Workshop with Ami Jain

This inclusive family yoga workshop will cover the basics of alignment and breath and explore a simple but useful yoga sequence that can be practiced individually or as a family. The workshop will also discuss practical yoga philosophy and how to implement it on and off the mat. Ages 5-95

Cost: $30 for one parent and child for each day
May 17-18, 2014
Family Yoga Workshop 2-3:30 PM