About the Performers in A Celebration of Music and Dance from South and Southeast Asia—A Benefit to Support Tsunami Relief Efforts, to be held on February 9th at 7:00 p.m. (UCLA Ackerman Union's Grand Ballroom)
A list of the distinguished performers in, “A Celebration of Music and Dance from South and Southeast Asia”—A Benefit to Support Tsunami Relief Efforts
Published: Wednesday, February 09, 2005
Dr. Sinduri Jayasinghe
Dr. Sinduri Jayasinghe is the founder, director, and guru of
Dr. Sinduri is a prolific performer with over 1600 live performances to her credit. She was selected as the best dancer in Tamil Nadu state in
Dr. Sinduri began her dancing career at an early age. She was one of the youngest dancers invited to perform for the President of India.
She has toured with her troupe of 60 dancers to countries including
For more information about Dr. Sinduri Jayasinghe: http://www.sinduri.net
R. Diyah Larasati
R. Diyah Larasati is an accomplished performer and scholar. She was the recipient of an AAUW (American Association University of Women) Home Country Project Award, in 2004, for producing a series of performances and conferences in
In 2001-02, she was awarded an Asian Scholarship from the Ford Foundation. She performed and taught dance in
Currently, Ms. Larasati is a visiting scholar at UCLA and professor of Indonesian language. She is a professor at the Graduate Program of the School of the Arts,
For more information about R. Diyah Larasati: http://www.international.ucla.edu/cseas/article.asp?parentid=14952
I Nyoman Cerita
I Nyoman Cerita is a world-renowned dancer and musician from
I Nyoman Cerita has toured countries including
Currently, Mr. Cerita is completing an MFA in dance at UCLA, and composing for Balinese Gamelan Angklung at
Mr. Cerita will perform Balinese Mask Dance in the benefit show.
Wat Thai Classical Dance Troupe featuring Tanadda Tongyod, Piyaporn Obpat, and Sumalee Cheuchai
These talented performers recently graduated from
Ms. Tongyod, Ms. Obpat, and Ms. Cheuchai also teach Thai classical dance and music to Thai American youth at the
They will perform Sukhothai Dance in the benefit show.
Buratwangi/Betawi Dance Troupe
The Buratwangi Indonesian dance troupe was formed by I Nyoman Wenten at the California Art Institute; a collaboration with dancers originally from
The Burwatwangi group will feature Nancy Allard, Sandra Kosih, Mitah Wimbo Prasetyo, Wuri Wimbo Prasetyo, and Niken Dewani will perform Ronggeng Blantek a dance from Betawi/Jakarta in the benefit event. Nancy Allard is an accomplished dancer who has danced for the
Ronggeng Blantek is dance piece that was originally part of a dance/theatre of Betawi and influenced by Chinese culture and even European music during the Dutch occupation of
Sri Dance Company featuring Sri Susilowati, Caroline Chang, and Sydney Cassatta
Sri Susilowati is the director and founder of the Sri Dance Company, a group that creates and performs contemporary works highlighting issues in community, gender, and ethnicity through the medium of dance and multimedia. Ms. Susilowati is a graduate of the Indonesian Institute of the Arts in
Ms. Susilowati teaches at
Sri Susilowati has performed as a solo dancer at the Symphony Space and Pier 59 (New York), the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica, and at universities across the country. The Dance Documentation Project selected her workshops and performances to be filmed for the San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum.
The Sri Dance Company will present Sri’s original piece entitled Remembering for the benefit show. Remembering was selected for performance at the 2002 National American College Dance Festival at the
UCLA Nashaa/Hindi Film Dance Team
UCLA’s Nashaa was founded in 2002 and is comprised entirely of students who choreograph, produce, and participate in Hindi Film dance as cultural expression. The Nashaa group also co-founded the hugely successful Jhoomti Shaam, the first Hindi Film Dance competition in
For more information about the UCLA Nashaa Team: http://www.uclanashaa.com/
UCLA Bataaka Nu Shaak, Raas Team
Raas is an energetic, colorful, and theatrical style of Gujarati dance.
Bataaka Nu Shaak, the UCLA Raas Team, was formed in 2002, and is comprised of 18 dedicated students (under the direction of Anuja Kulkarni), who have an unequivocal passion for Dandia Raas. Along with their academic lives, jobs, and social obligations, the team puts numerous hours a week into this artistic expression of culture through dancing. With their love for raas garba, they hope to help Indian culture blossom in the UCLA community and beyond.
For more information about the UCLA Raas Team: http://www.uclaraas.com