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A Grand Bharatanatyam Performance by

Shoba Sharma

Date: Saturday, September 19, 1998

Time: 6:30 pm

Place: Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School Auditorium

Germantown Pike East, Plymouth Mtg., Pa

Admission: - Members $12.00 Non-members $15.00 Students $5.00

Children under 16 are FREE

This concert was supported in part by grants from

Corestates Bank, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Stockton-Rush Bartol Foundation and

Philadelphia Music Project (administered by Settlement School & funded by Pew Charitable Trusts).


Shoba Sharma: began studying Bharatanatyam at the age of four in Madras, India. Her early training in music and dance culminated in a Government of India scholarship to study under the Dhananjayans in Madras. Shoba's acclaimed dance career includes performance at prestigious centers in India (such as the Music Academy, Krishna Gana Sabha and NCPA) and several coveted awards. Upon her arrival in the U.S. in 1986, she continued her work as an ambassador of India's cultural heritage. Her experience includes leading a wide range of workshops and collaborations in creative education projects. As a performer Shoba has toured around the U.S. with appearance at the Lincoln Center, World Music Institute, HACC, International House and University of Pennsylvania. She has been awarded several prestigious awards, including the Pa. Council on the Arts Dance fellowship and Dance Advance award (from the Pew Charitable trust, administered by the Phila. Dance Alliance).

In addition to her performance and creative work, Shoba is an acclaimed teacher. As a faculty member of Bryn Mawr College's dance department, Shoba offered an introductory course to Bharatanatyam to an enthusiastic student community. In 1991, she founded NATYA Academy of Indian Classical Dance in Philadelphia. Several students of Natya, have won Apprenticeship Awards from the Pa. Council on the Arts. Shoba and the NATYA ensemble have distinguished themselves in the Delaware Valley by their strong adherence to tradition and excellence.

Shoba Sharma will be accompanied by distinguished musicians from India. These musicians are highly accomplished and have accompanied some of the leading dancers in India and abroad.

Sri Babu Parameswaran - Vocal and Nattuvangam

Sri V. Vedakrishnan - Mridangam

Sri B. Muthukumar - Flute

Directions to Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School:

1. From I-76 (Schuylkill Expwy.) - take I-476 North (Blue Route). Follow 3.

2. From Delaware, take I-95 North and exit onto I-476 North and Follow 3.

3. Traveling North on I-476 (Blue Route), take exit 8 for Germantown Pike East. Drive to the traffic light and turn right. Travel about 1 mile to the High School on your left.

4. Traveling on I-276 (Pa. turnpike), take exit 25 (Norristown Exit). After the toll booths, take the first ramp to the right for Germantown Pike East. Travel about 1 mile to the High School on your left.

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