Weis Center to host an evening of classical South Indian dance

LEWISBURG – Acclaimed Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer Aparna Ramaswamy will present “Sannidhi (Sacred Space)” at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 19, in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell University.

In five sections, “Sannidhi” weaves together music and movement, rhythm and lyric, spirit and emotion, creating an invisible link between dancer, musicians and audience.

The performance will feature music played by four musicians: Ranee Ramaswamy on cymbals; Lalit Subramaniam, vocals; Rajna Swaminathan on two-headed south Indian drum; and Anjna Swaminathan, on violin.

In advance of the performance, Ramaswamy will give a free one-hour lecture and demonstration of the Bharatanatyam dance form and Indian music at noon Sept. 18, in the Weis Center Lobby.

Bharatanatyam blends two distinct components: rhythmic dance, comprising various complex body movements and rhythmic compositions, and narrative dance, which utilizes the language of gesture and facial expression.

Ramaswamy has toured extensively, both as a soloist and as choreographer and principal dancer of Ragamala Dance, of which she is co-artistic director with her mother, Ranee Ramaswamy.

Tickets can be purchased online at www.bucknell.edu/ BoxOffice or by calling the Campus Box Office at 577-1000.