Past Events

Bharatnatyam Performance: Rama Vaidyanathan
November 4, 2012, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
DuSable Museum, 740 East 56th Place, Chicago, IL 60637

Rama Vaidyanathan is one of India’s leading classical dancers. She is considered as one of the best interpreters of the ancient art form of Bharata Natyam. She has been fortunate to have trained intensively under the legendry dancer Yamini Krishnamurty. Rama has also been under the guidance of the eminent Guru Saroja Vaidyanathan.

Part of the IAHM/Natya series Beats of Life, Rhythms of Heritage. This initiative has been made possible by the generous support of The Chicago Community Trust.

Prashant Shah
October 14, 2012, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Shaumburg Prairie Center for the Arts, 201 Schaumburg COurt, Schaumburg, IL 60193

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Prashant Shah, a disciple of Padma Bhushan Smt. Kumudini Lakhia, has won critical acclaim for his graceful performance of a wide repertoire of Kathak, which traces its origins to the nomadic bards of ancient northern India known as Kathaks, or storytellers.

Shantha Nair
September 23, 2012, 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Alessandro Volta School, 4950 North Avers , Chicago, IL 60625

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Indo-American Heritage Museum and Natya Dance Theatre proudly present Shantha Nair.

Free Admission; Come Early For Best Seats!

Shantha Nair performs Kuchipudi, the classical dance form of Andhra Pradesh. At prestigious venues and festivals in India, critics and connoisseurs have praised her vibrant and expressive form.

Margam - A Sacred Path
August 25, 2012, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Indo-American Center, 6328 North California Avenue, Chicago, IL


AMULYA GAMPA AND VIDYA GOVIND from the Natya Dance Company

Amulya Gampa has danced to acclaim at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago’s Millennium Park, The Harris Theater and the Chennai Annual Dance Festival in India. She has also performed with cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Orchestra.

Vidya Govind’s superb artistry has been recognized by the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts Young Arts Program and the Presidential Scholars program. She has performed widely as a soloist and has also toured with the Natya Company to prestigious venues throughout the country.


Ragas in Flute by G. S. Rajan
May 6, 2012, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Levy Senior Center, Maple Room, 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston, IL 60202

GSRajan1024x768Be transported by the sounds of the Indian wooden flute as played by G. S. Rajan, acclaimed flautist and world music composer from India. Mr. Rajan will offer a solo program of Indian ragas, and will be accompanied by Chicago-based mridangam player, Athrey Nadhan.

G. S. Rajan has his early training in vocal music and Carnatic flute under his parents, in India. Rajan’s creative expression over nearly three decades has taken diverse musical forms. He has composed numerous songs in various Indian languages; music for church choirs and Indian classical and modern dance, films and music videos. He has travelled all over the world as a concert flautist and composer. More information about Mr. Rajan’s work can be found at

Athrey Nadhan, from Chicago, IL started learning the art of playing the Mridangam at the age of five and is currently undergoing advanced training from the esteemed professional, Srimushnam Sri V. Rajau Rao in Chennai, India.

This performance is part of “Beats of Life, Rhythms of Heritage, ” a seven-part performance series presented by Natya Dance Theatre in collaboration with Chicago’s Indo-American Heritage Museum. Performances featuring renowned local and international artists that bring the music and dance of India to Chicago audiences will continue throughout 2012, at various venues.

“Beats of Life, Rhythms of Heritage” is made possible by generous grant from The Chicaago Community Trust.

IAHM’s programs showcase Indian American talent in all arenas, including dance, music, film, theater, photography, science and literature.

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