India is an enormous subcontinent with a wide range of dance styles reflecting its many cultures. L.A. hosts many performances but usually only one or two of India's many styles of dance are shown. Dance India! Four Visions offers an unparalleled opportunity to experience the variety of South Asian dance with excellent local troupes, as well as guests from India. The scheduled performances range from Odissi from Eastern India, now performed by males but originally limited to female temple dancers; Kathak from Northern India, which evolved from elaborate court performances for the maharajas; Mohiniyattam from Kerala in Southern India, known for its undulating moves and here adapted to music from Swan Lake and Carmen; and Bharata Natyam, another style from Southern India rooted in philosophy and fable. At 6 p.m., a free bonus performance in the plaza greets early arrivals.
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