|NOVEMBER 21, 10AM to 4PM
VENUE: 2691 Richter Ave.
Ste 105 Irvine CA 92606
Ektaa Center provided a unique shopping
experience at their 3rd Annual Holiday Bazaar with choice from an exclusive
ensemble of ethnic merchandise featuring exquisite handcrafted jewelry,
crocheted accessories, elegant handbags, ornate home décor, chic
clothing, and musical instruments among other fascinating gift items.
Please contact (949)296-6296 for
|SUNDAY OCT 3, 6 PM
GITA GOVINDA ....an Odissi dance
VENUE: James Armstrong Theater,
3330 Civic Center Dr Torrance CA
Center presented 'Gita Govinda' a timeless tale of Love, an Odissi dance
presentation featuring Sujata Mohapatra and Rajib Bhattacharya
accompanied by the Menaka
Thakkar Dance Company (Toronto).
Gita Govinda is a complete dance
interpretation in Odissi style of the famous Sanskrit poem by the 12 century
poet, Jayadeva. Revered as a masterpiece of lyrical and poetic content,
it has held the imagination of generations with its rich imagery, its entrancing
music and its passionate depiction of the relationship of Radha and (Lord)
Krishna. Sujata Mohapatra, disciple and daughter-in-law of legendary Guru
(Late) Kelucharan Mohapatra along with Rajib Bhattacharya, also a product
of 'Srjan' the dance institution established by the late Guru and his son
Ratikant Mohapatra will be featured lead dancers. They perform with the
famed Menaka Thakkar Dance Company (MTDC), the first Indian Dance Company
in Canada. Established in 1978 in Toronto, the award winning Company includes
up to 20 professional dancers trained under Dr. Menaka Thakkar for 16 to
|SATURDAY OCTOBER 2
IRVINE GLOBAL VILLAGE FESTIVAL....
VENUE: Bill Barber Memorial
Park in Irvine
Ektaa Center once again had a booth
at the Irvine Global Village Festival to share the arts and cultures of
India. The festival was on Saturday Oct 2 2010 at the Bill Barber Memorial
Park in Irvine. More
information on other exhibits and performances.
|SATURDAY SEP 18, 6PM
VENUE: Ektaa Center 2691
Richter Ave. Ste 105 Irvine CA 92606
Classical Hindustani Music - featuring
Sudakshina Alagia (Vocal) accompanied by Jyothi Prakash on
After her early training with Pt.
J.V. Subba Rao of the Gwalior Gharana, Ms. Alagia has been the foremost
disciple of renowned vocalist Smt. Lakshmi Shankar for the last 14 years.
She has performed along with as well as in the presence of acclaimed artistes
such as Pt. Ravi Shankar, Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, Pt. Ajoy Chakraborty and
Ustad Shujat Khan. Through the Center for World Music she has brought Indian
music to Inner City California Schools and also been a guest lecturer of
Music at UCSD and San Diego State University. She has performed all over
USA, Canada, UK and India and released music CD's in classical music and
bhajans. Currently she teaches classical Hindustani music in the San Diego
area. For more information please visit www.sudakshina.com
NACHLE INDIA II
VENUE: The Irvine Barclay
Theatre, 4242 Campus Dr, Irvine
Ektaa Center presented a spectacular
display of the traditional dances of India including Kathak, Bharata Natyam,
Kuchipudi, Manipuri, Mohini Attam and Odissi at the Irvine Barclay Theater.
It featured Anjani's Kathak Dance of India with special guest star Amrapali
Ambegaokar, Ahila Gulasekaram and the Arpana Dance Company, Jyoti Lakkaraju's
Natyalaya School, Sohini Ray, Radha Carman and Sharanya Mukhopadhayay
- premier dancers and dance companies of the Diaspora.
|SUNDAY MAY 2, 2010, 4PM
accompanied by Hemant
Ekbote on Tabla
An accomplished vocalist, Ms. Gauri
Damle-Pathare's prowess traces back to an exemplary lineage of musicians
including Pt. Jitendra Abhishek and Smt. Padmatai Talwalkar. With over
a decade of performing experience, she has a large repertoire that has
enthralled diverse audiences all over the world.
Venue: Ektaa Center, 2691
Richter Ave. Ste 105, Irvine CA 92606
|SATURDAY APRIL 24, 5PM
EKTAA SPRING SHOWCASE 2010 and
VENUE: Lakeview Senior Center,
20 Lake Rd., Irvine, CA
This was a part of our ongoing 'Timeless
Traditions / Emerging Artistes showcase' partially funded by a grant from
the Target Corp. In celebration of five years since we opened our doors
in Irvine as the first center devoted to Indian arts and culture in Southern
California, the Ektaa Center presented "Spring Showcase 2010" on
April 24. This was an opportunity for the local community to enjoy demonstrations
by students of all ages from several of our music and dance class offerings,
including performances by students of the Sur Music and Dance Academy,
Bollywood dance choreographed by Reetu Patel of Move Bollywood
and Anita Jhalani, Bharata Natyam performed by the students of Ramya
Harishankar and Deepali Vora and the Tabla students of
Dhwani Academy of percussion and yoga students of Rashmi Fitter.
This family event ran for two hours
and was followed by a screening of Sita
Sings the Blues, a critically-acclaimed film by director Nina Paley.
Sita is a goddess separated from her beloved Lord and husband Rama. Nina
is an animator whose husband moves to India, then dumps her by email. Three
hilarious shadow puppets narrate both ancient tragedy and modern comedy
in this beautifully animated interpretation of the Indian epic Ramayana.
Set to the 1920's jazz vocals of Annette Hanshaw, Sita Sings the Blues
earns its tagline as "the Greatest Break-Up Story Ever Told."
|APRIL 24, 2010, 4PM
OHM (Organization of Hindu Malayalees)
and Ektaa Center presented the
RAVI VARMA MEMORIAL ART COMPETITION
AND EXHIBITION 2010
To commemorate the celebrated Indian
artist Raja Ravi Varma (1848-1906)
Age group: 5-8,9-12,13-16,17-21
Theme: "My Dream"
Best entries to be published in
upcoming Program Brochure to be published on Swati Tirunal Day
and also exhibited at Ektaa Center
For more details go to www.ohmohmohm.org
|APRIL 24, 4.15PM
INDIAN FILM FESTIVAL OF LOS ANGELES
IFFLA 2010 - April 20-25
at ArcLight Hollywood. Films for everyone: indie films, Bollywood musicals,
revealing documentaries, visually stunning animation, environmental films,
Ektaa Center co presented 'Raspberry
Magic' on Saturday April 24 at 4:15pm.
|APRIL 4, 2010, 4PM
ECSTACY - A Scintillating Tabla Ensemble Concert
A soulful and mature ensemble, Tabla
Ecstasy, an enthralling display of Indian drumming. Pandit Divyang
Vakil's latest masterpiece, this unique tabla anekbandhi (group) showcased
the power of classical tabla in a form that can be appreciated by all listeners.
Pleasing to the ear and technically rich, Tabla Ecstasy is highly intricate
composition performed by four of five artists of Pandit Divyang Vakil -
Rushi Vakil, Nishant Mehta, Kaumil Shah, Sahil Patel and Rahul Shrimali,
with accompaniment on harmonium, sitar or saarangi.
here for audio samples
for more detailed information
VENUE: Hosted by Mrs. and
Mr. Naresh Arya at their residence 57 Goleta Point Dr Corona Del Mar Ca
|FRIDAY JAN 29, 2010, 7.30PM
HINDUSTANI MUSIC CONCERT - Mitali Bhawmik
TIMELESS TRADITIONS CONCERT SERIES
an evening of Hindustani Classical
and a variety of semi classical compositions such as thumri, kajri, dadra,
hori and puratani raga-based songs featuring MITALI BHAWMIK
VENUE: Ektaa Center 2691
Richter Ave. Ste 105 CA 92606.
TIME: 8:30 (concert).
Mitali Banerjee Bhawmik is a disciple
of Pandit V.G.Jog and Smt. Dahlia Rahut (a senior disciple of Smt. Girija
|SATURDAY JAN 9, 2010, 3PM
INTRODUCTION TO AYURVEDA - talk
by Vidya Venkatesh A.H.P.
A FREE 1½ hour lecture about
Ayurvedic Medicine and how you can use it to restore and balance you body,
mind, and spirit for continued health and longevity. This talk explained
Ayurveda's individualistic understanding of health and disease and the
general Ayurvedic treatment methodology. It also included some simple tips
for healthy living that you can start implementing right away to improve
and maintain your overall health.
Whether you have current health
challenges, or are interested in practical ways to avoid them, Ayurveda
is an investment in your well-being...now and in the future.
Venue: EKTAA Center, 2691
Richter Ave. Ste 105, Irvine CA 92606
FOR INFORMATION EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
ABOUT VIDYA VENKATESH, A.H.P. Vidya
is an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner who has been running her private Ayurvedic
practice, Niroga Ayurveda, for the past year. She is currently pursuing
her Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist residency in disease management with
the California College of Ayurveda. Vidya has had extensive experience
blending Ayurvedic lifestyle and nutritional guidelines, as well as personalized
herbal remedies, to assist her clients in achieving and maintaining healthy,
satisfying, balanced lives. Vidya has studied yoga and pranayama at the
Patanjali Yoga Peet in Haridwar, India and is a student of Advaita Vedanta
(Indian philosophy describing the spiritual interpretations of the mind,
body, and spirit) at the Chinmaya Mission of Los Angeles. Please visit
for more information about Vidya and her practice.
Ektaa Center needs your support
in order to continue our valuable classes and events which provide opportunities
for the community to learn and experience the arts and culture of India.
We urge you to support this very important community service. For your
donation of $100 or more, you will receive a gift of $150 from Prasad Photography,
and receive a tax deduction from the IRS for the full value of your donation.
A long-time Ektaa Center supporter
and Member of Ektaa Board of Directors, Prasad has very generously agreed
to donate a limited quantity of gift cards which will entitle the recipients
to a $150 credit towards photography services by his studio, Prasad Photography,
located in Newport Beach. Prasad Photography is a nationally recognized
portrait studio specializing in the creation of masterpiece portraits of
children, families, executives and members of the performing arts.
This is a wonderful opportunity to
have you and your family photographed by a true master photographer, get
a tax write-off, and feel good about supporting your Indian heritage and
culture! To donate, just click on this link to http://ektaacenter.org/support.html
If you donate $100 or more, a gift card will automatically be sent to you
in the mail.
Don't miss this chance of a lifetime!
Go to http://ektaacenter.org/support.html now!
This offer is valid only until December 31, 2010, so don't delay!
|We thank the following for their
Arts OC, the countywide arts agency
Orange County Community Foundation
Timeless Traditions series
Portofino Inn and Suites, Anaheim