BURLINGTON, MA—Veteran Bharat Natyam dancer Jothi Raghavan, who dance school Nrityanjali celebrates 40th anniversary this year, will present an empowering “Treat Me as I am…I am Woman” dance at the 15th annual Woman of the Year Awards gala on May 26 at Burlington Marriott Hotel in Burlington, MA.
“We are presenting a short piece for Woman of the Year,” said Raghavan, a master Bharatha Natyam dancer, teacher and choreographer. “The theme goes like this: Please don’t put me on a pedestal, worship me as a Goddess or toss me aside as a mindless toy..but treat me as I am – a human with flesh, blood and pitfalls, human, mortal, equal — I am woman!”
The 7-minute dance will be performed by Nityasri Sankar, Sravya Gourisetty and Krithi Nathan. The script is written by Partha Chaudhuri for Jothi Raghavan ‘s production “Kanya”.
“Jyothi is the winner in Art and Culture category in New England Choice Award 2016,” said Dr. Manju Sheth, hostess of the Woman of the Year Awards gala. “We are excited that her talented team will open the show at WOY gala with an empowering dance presentation, and thus, I highly recommend that everyone should be on time so that they do not to miss this special opening presentation.”
Raghavan has performed extensively in India and the United States. As a performer and choreographer she has received many awards which include the prestigious Choreographers Fellowship from The National Endowment for the Arts.
She has been training students in Bharatha Natyam since 1977 in her school Nrityanjali. The dancers trained under Raghavan have become highly proficient in the art form, gone on to performing with Jothi Raghavan in her concerts.
Nrityanjali will be celebrating 40 years and a celebration is planned for July 28th, 29th and 30th. Raghavan invites everyone to the 40th anniversary celebrations of Nrityanjali. They will be presenting four productions that weekend. For more information, visit: https://www.nrityanjali40.com/
Watch Jothi Raghavan on Dreamcatchers below: