Vishwa Shanthi ballet to showcase unity in diversity
FREMONT, CA: Vishwa Shanthi Performing Arts, led by artistic director Shreelata Suresh, will present ‘Infinite Facets – an exploration of the Self’ in the classical Indian dance style of Bharatha Natyam on Sunday, February 12 in two shows at 12:00pm and 4:00pm, at the Center of Performing Arts at Menlo Atherton High School, 555 Middlefield Rd, Atherton, CA 94027.
In a press release, Vishwa Shanthi Performing Arts says it is proud to premiere this new Bharatanatyam Ballet at a time when divisions among countries and even people within one country loom larger than they ever have, threatening to disrupt peaceful coexistence. Vishwa Shanthi, which means “universal peace”, through its newest production “Infinite Facets: an exploration of the Self” presents well-researched perspectives from different spiritual traditions in the form of entertaining dance that celebrates the One Truth that is common in all of us.
“As a child I learned to count one…two…three,
Marveling at the infinite beauty of the galaxy,
Reflecting on every diverse facet, I dance joyously,
Sharing the realization, ‘The Self is the same in you and me’.”
Artistic director Shreelata Suresh and 20 principal dancers will illustrate through beautiful song, dance and drama how the One Self expands into the multiplicity of the universe – the supreme Male Force and creative Female Energy, the Trinity, the four scriptures, the five elements, and so on. Maya is mankind’s delusion in seeing division instead of understanding the Singular Truth. But through faith, effort and perseverance, true understanding dawns on us that while forms are many, all is One that is Sat-Chit-Ananda or “Eternal Truth”, “Pure Consciousness” and “Supreme Bliss”, and we realize there is Unity in Diversity.
This grand production uses the medium of Bharatha Natyam, a 3000+ year old classical dance form of South India to enact different stories. Incorporating traditional music, poetry, facial expressions, drama and pure rhythmic dance, Shreelata and her troupe enthrall the audience’s visual and auditory senses, while providing clear English explanations to explore the fascinating spiritual messages of “Infinite Facets”.
The performance venue will also offer tasty Indian food, traditional Indian crafts and jewelry. Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Yuva Bharati, a Bay Area nonprofit organization that aims to enrich life through performing arts.
Vishwa Shanthi Direction by – Shreelata Suresh (resident of San Mateo)
Choreography – Shreelata Suresh, Roopa Suresh (resident of San Jose)
Music – Asha Ramesh (resident of San Jose)
Dancers – Shreelata Suresh, Roopa Suresh, Sumathi Vikram (resident of Fremont), Lavanya Panguluri (resident of Milpitas), Nisha Balaraman (resident of Palo Alto), Vijaya Saradhi Chilakamarry (resident of Milpitas) , Priya Krishnamoorthy (resident of Saratoga), and others
India Post News Service