Scottsdale dance fest features Guinness World Record winner

From left is Smita Gopal (kneeling), Kavya Nambiar (standing in blue dress), Lasya Anantuni (standing), Dioya Mohanraj (front & center), Asha Gopal (sitting, center), Anitha Ramadoss (standing in blue & gold dress), Nisha Talanki (standing in red dress) and Shravya Ponnapalli (kneeling). (submitted photo)

From left is Smita Gopal (kneeling), Kavya Nambiar (standing in blue dress), Lasya Anantuni (standing), Dioya Mohanraj (front & center), Asha Gopal (sitting, center), Anitha Ramadoss (standing in blue & gold dress), Nisha Talanki (standing in red dress) and Shravya Ponnapalli (kneeling). (submitted photo)

Arathi School of Dance is presenting a special edition of “Magic in Movement” Oct. 15-16 at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

The two-day festival brings together local and invited dancers in an annual mega dance production. It incorporates various forms of Indian classical dances including Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Kathak and also colorful folk dances from various parts of India, according to a press release.

The 35th year celebration of the school features internationally acclaimed artists from India and also many of the past and present students of the school.

The event will also include ‘Navarasa Arathi’, a defining feature presentation of the nine emotions from the stories of Durga Devi (Shakti), by the students of Arathi School.

Kalashri Asha Gopal, founder and director of the Arathi School of Dance is a renowned dance teacher of Indian classical dance. A connoisseur of fine arts, Ms. Gopal is a Valley cultural icon and has spent the last 35 years promoting Indian classical dances.

Ms. receiving her Guinness Book of World Records award. (submitted photo)

Ms. Gopal receiving her Guinness Book of World Records award. (submitted photo)

A winner of various awards and accolades, she founded the dance school in 1981. The school is proud to have graduated 200 students, and Ms. Gopal recently secured a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Featured guests include:

  • Kalashri Asha Gopal, Founder/Director, Arathi School of Dance
  • Navia Natarajan, internationally acclaimed Bharatanatyam dancer
  • Anuradha Vikran, internationally acclaimed Bharatanatyam dancer
  • Manasa Joshi, internationally acclaimed Kathak dancer
  • Madhulita Mohapathra, internationally acclaimed Odissi dancer
  • Arathi School of Dance Students and Alumni

Magic in Movement is to begin at 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 15, and 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 16. Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts is at 7380 E. 2nd Street in Scottsdale. For more information and tickets visit http://www.scottsdaleperformingarts.org/event/arathi-school-of-dance-festival/.

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