A panel discussion on Indian Dance education and performance in the Pacific Northwest.
Anwesha began dancing at nine years old and is trained in the classical form of Bharatanatyam.
Sangeeta describes herself as a Bollywood dancer with a classical background and focuses on storytelling.
As a child, Deepali lived in many of the different states of India, immersing herself in the different cultures and learning their various languages and dance styles.
The desire to share Southern Indian dance led her to form her own dance group, Chennai Beats.
Gayatri studies a Northern Indian style of dance called Kathak.
Ratna specializes in Odissi, one of the four classical Indian dance styles that were recognized after India’s independence.
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.