New:  SAINT LOUIS ART MUSEUM GALLERY TALK: AUGUST 31 & SEPTEMBER 1, 2017slam.org

Topic:  The Silk Road!  An Iridescent Exchange:  Fashion & the Fantastic Along the Silk Road.

ALSO:  INDIAN DANCE & CULTURE AT THE SAINT LOUIS ART MUSEUM, AUGUST 20, 2017slam.org

 The joy of dance! Photographer: Mike Oransky

The joy of dance! Photographer: Mike Oransky

SAINT LOUIS ART MUSEUM GALLERY TALKS:  JAN 5 & 6, 2017

THE GREAT DANCE OF THE UNIVERSE: MOVEMENT, MYTH, & MEANING IN INDIAN ART. SEE MORE INFORMATION BELOW.

  A still of me performing Hari Smarane Mado (Think of Krishna Always) at our 2015 Performance, in the Mejuvani storytelling style of the devadasis (temple dancers).    SAINT LOUIS ART MUSEUM   Gallery Talk    11:00 AM   Thursday, January 5, 11 am Friday, January 6, 6 pm   The Great Dance of the Universe: Movement, Myth, and Meaning in Indian Art  Nartana Premachandra, author and classical Indian dancer  Sculpture Hall. Free. Space may be limited in smaller galleries; please arrive early   St. Louis Art Museum Designing Nature  at Family Sundays in April  By  SLAMDMM  | April 1, 2016  Join us every Sunday in April and discover how people across the world celebrate the beauty of nature through the production of art. Natural motifs are used to decorate everything from prayer rugs and household objects, to the personal regalia of kings. During Family Sundays: Designing Nature, we will explore the Museum’s collection of Islamic and Indian art with hands-on activities and family tours that combine art and nature.   Sunday, April 3, 10, 17, and 24 1:00–4:00 pm; Family tour at 2:30 pm   Special Family Sunday events this month also include:  Storytime in the Galleries  Sunday, April 10, 2:00 pm   Indian Folktales  Led by Nartana Premachandra—writer, classical Indian dancer, and president of  Dances of India .    My workshop at the St. Louis Art Museum:     A MOSAIC OF MANY HEARTS:  LITERATURE, MYTH, AND IDENTITY IN THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT       Wednes  day, December 2, 2015        5:00 pm - 8:00 pm    Vast and varied, the Indian subcontinent has been shaped over several millennia by literature, myth, and religion. In this multidisciplinary workshop, we will discuss how these cultural and spiritual expressions have influenced the richly textured identity of India. Topics will include a brief introduction to classical Indian literature and Hindu myth, with a discussion of some Buddhist myth, and a demonstration of classical Indian dance. Teachers will learn basic  mudras , or hand gestures, of Indian dance that animate both the dancing body as well as many Hindu and Buddhist sculptures. In addition, we will relate what we have learned to sculpture and objects in the Hundu, Buddhist, and Islamic art galleries and will engage in ekphrastic poetry. These layered interactions will enable teachers to gain an understanding of the lively diversity that informs the Indian imagination.  Led by Nartana Premachandra, writer, performing artist, public speaker, and President of Dances of India    PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.   

A still of me performing Hari Smarane Mado (Think of Krishna Always) at our 2015 Performance, in the Mejuvani storytelling style of the devadasis (temple dancers).

SAINT LOUIS ART MUSEUM

Gallery Talk    11:00 AM

Thursday, January 5, 11 am
Friday, January 6, 6 pm

The Great Dance of the Universe: Movement, Myth, and Meaning in Indian Art
Nartana Premachandra, author and classical Indian dancer

Sculpture Hall. Free.
Space may be limited in smaller galleries; please arrive early

St. Louis Art Museum Designing Nature at Family Sundays in April

By SLAMDMM | April 1, 2016

Join us every Sunday in April and discover how people across the world celebrate the beauty of nature through the production of art. Natural motifs are used to decorate everything from prayer rugs and household objects, to the personal regalia of kings. During Family Sundays: Designing Nature, we will explore the Museum’s collection of Islamic and Indian art with hands-on activities and family tours that combine art and nature.

Sunday, April 3, 10, 17, and 24
1:00–4:00 pm; Family tour at 2:30 pm

Special Family Sunday events this month also include:

Storytime in the Galleries
Sunday, April 10, 2:00 pm
Indian Folktales
Led by Nartana Premachandra—writer, classical Indian dancer, and president of Dances of India.

 

My workshop at the St. Louis Art Museum:

A MOSAIC OF MANY HEARTS:  LITERATURE, MYTH, AND IDENTITY IN THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT

 Wednesday, December 2, 2015      5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Vast and varied, the Indian subcontinent has been shaped over several millennia by literature, myth, and religion. In this multidisciplinary workshop, we will discuss how these cultural and spiritual expressions have influenced the richly textured identity of India. Topics will include a brief introduction to classical Indian literature and Hindu myth, with a discussion of some Buddhist myth, and a demonstration of classical Indian dance. Teachers will learn basic mudras, or hand gestures, of Indian dance that animate both the dancing body as well as many Hindu and Buddhist sculptures. In addition, we will relate what we have learned to sculpture and objects in the Hundu, Buddhist, and Islamic art galleries and will engage in ekphrastic poetry. These layered interactions will enable teachers to gain an understanding of the lively diversity that informs the Indian imagination.

Led by Nartana Premachandra, writer, performing artist, public speaker, and President of Dances of India  

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

 

 The promo flyer for my reading at Southwestern Illinois College in October 2015

The promo flyer for my reading at Southwestern Illinois College in October 2015

I and Theckla Mehta, my partner in creating dance dramas for Dances of India, were interviewed on St. Louis Public Radio's Cityscape on November 6th, 2015. Here is the link:

http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/dances-india-opens-38th-season-incandescent

In 2014 I endured a tremendous series of losses---my grandmother, for whom I'd been caring, died in July 11th. My father passed away completely unexpectedly on December 20th of that year. And a beloved professor of classics at Washington University, Kevin Herbert, died on February 10th, 2015. I was invited to speak at his memorial at Washington University in October 2015.  I read a couple of poems based on these series of losses--which are on the page Poems on Loss & Magic.  In the meantime, here is a link to the memorial--I'm about 11 minutes in:

http://classics.artsci.wustl.edu/events/255

    A feature on Dances of India in the November 13th, 2015 issue of Ladue News. Please go to   www.laduenews.com   and search for Dances of India. I will post easier links very soon!   

 

A feature on Dances of India in the November 13th, 2015 issue of Ladue News. Please go to

www.laduenews.com

and search for Dances of India. I will post easier links very soon!