On Wednesday, September 25, 2013 the Institute's fall dance symposium featured New Jersey Bharatnatyam dancer and teacher, Ramya Ramnarayan.
Bharathanatyam is a classical dance style from Southern India having an unbroken tradition for over 2,000 years. New Jersey performer, teacher and choreographer, Ramya Ramnarayan explained the historic and cultural background of India through the medium of dance in her afternoon workshop entitled “Traditional Dance of India.” In the evening, Ramya and her dance troupe, the Nrithyanjali Institute of Dance, presented a concert featuring live musicians.
Ancient Salutations: A Symposium on Classical Indian Dance is presented by the Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience and co-sponsored by The Newark Museum. The Symposium is supported in part by funds from: The New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and administered by the Essex County Division of Cultural and Historic Affairs; an ArtStart Project Grant from the Newark Arts Council; the Committee to Advance Our Common Purposes; and by the Cultural Arts Programming Fund at Rutgers-Newark.