Graceful Expressions: The Teaching and Learning of Indian Dances is a panel event hosted by the Center for Washington Cultural Traditions / Humanities Washington. Indian classical dance is an art form that goes back centuries, and as it has evolved, so have the methods used to teach and learn the tradition. How has teaching changed over time, especially for modern generations and for those studying their dance forms in the United States? This 90-minute event features Dr. Ratna Roy, renowned artist and a guru of Odissi; Marissa Betz-Zall, Roy’s long-time student; Anwesha Das, Bharatanatyam artist and guru; and Akhi Vadari, a young Bharatanatyam artist. The panel will be chaired and moderated by Latha Sambamurti, with assistance from Stefanie Fatooh.
Twin Harbors Culture Bearers: For a culture-bearer, indigenous knowledge is not knowledge about his or her culture. Rather, the practices are culture itself, the ways of their ancestors—a living thing that cannot be separated from the person. The individuals at the center of this series all represent different ways to preserve and protect their unique bodies of knowledge.
Traditional Artists of the Yakima Valley: The Yakima Valley is a region of interest both for its diverse organizations and its tradition bearers, home to a unique intersection of vibrant and resilient communities: members of the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation; Latino/a/x immigrants both long-established in the valley, and more newly settled, such as established Filipino and Japanese communities.