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Venue: McAfee Performing Arts and Lecture Center, Saratoga
Time:3:30 pm
Performer: Shrikrupa Students
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Shri Krupa Dance Company (SKDC) is the oldest Indian classical dance school in the San Francisco Bay Area and was foundedby the world renowned Bharatanatyam teacher, dancer and choreographer- extraordinaire - Guru Vishal Ramani. The journey started in 1977 from a simple need to satisfy the thirst for Tradition amongst Indian immigrants. Today it is a thriving Center of Excellence for Bharatanatyam learning where the dance is taught within the strict confines of the style set by the Thanjavur tradition.

 The school has produced many of this regions finest practitioners and exponents of this ancient art form. Under Guru Vishal's leadership, Shri Krupa has broken barriers on many fronts with many "Firsts". One such pioneering step, now a very popular tradition amongst every school in North America, was the casting of a Live Ensemble of famous musicians to accompany an Arangetram performance. With her passion and commitment towards nurturing and sustaining every level of this revered dance form, Guru Vishal has carved a path of continuity for all SKDC Arangetram graduates, and conducts Post Arangetram classes regularly every week. Shri Krupa is also the first School in the Bay Area to present full length classical Indian dance ballets with live music to critical acclaim. Continuing this legacy, Guru Vishal has demonstrated masterful artistic vision and brilliant choreography. Ancient & contemporary themes and current world problems are handled with equal ease, much to the wonderment of her audiences.

SKDC students have performed and received accolades the world over, including receiving awards & acclaim at the very bastion of this dance form – the annual Chennai Sabhas (cultural events), International Dance competitions in Barcelona, San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival, Cleveland's Thyagaraja Aradhana Festival and full length performances in US, Canada, Australia and India. Through the years, SKDC has been very active in the local Community by raising funds or awareness for many causes through the power of dedicated dance performances.