India in America

India in America (dance)

This event ranges from traditional practitioners of ancient dance forms to the unique combination of the Hollywood musical and Indian dance drama in Bollywood films. Friday evening's lecture, From the Beatles to Bollywood, includes a demonstration of the Indian contribution to the Hollywood choreography of Jack Cole, while Sunday afternoon contrasts the dramatic Bharatanatyam dancing of Kala Ganesh (pictured) and Karpagavalli Jaykumar with the more abstract Odissi practiced by Sitara Thobani. Town Hall, Eighth Ave. and Seneca St., 425-736-4652 or www.ragamala.org. $10-$50. Various times Fri. Sept. 30-Sun. Oct. 2. SANDRA KURTZ

India in America (music)

A weekend festival can give just a taste of the subcontinent's extraordinarily rich offerings in both the classical and pop traditions. Music, dance, and spoken-word performances run all day Saturday (starting at 11 a.m.) and Sunday (starting at noon) at Town Hall; the centerpieces are concerts by composer/violinist L. Subramaniam (pictured; $18-$23, 8 p.m. Saturday) and Nancy Lesh, cellist in the North Indian dhrupad tradition ($10-$15, 7 p.m. Sunday). Brechemin Auditorium, UW School of Music; Town Hall, 1119 Eighth. 206-652-4255 or www.townhallseattle.org. Fri. Sept. 30-Sun. Oct. 2. GAVIN BORCHERT

 
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