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MAGIC BOW – Dance/Music/Storytelling – Bhavya Kumaran, Anjana Anand, Gowri Ramnarayan

Sunday April 28, 2024 at 5:00 pm

Venue: East View Theater, 4490 E University Ave, Georgetown TX 78626

Please arrive at least 20 minutes early. Seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis.



We are excited to announce that the renowned artists of the Magic Bow Concert will also be hosting a 2-day Bharatanatyam workshop! For additional details and to register for the workshop please fill out this FORM.

Dates: April 29th, April 30th (3 hours per day)

Workshop Topics:

  • Art of composing Jathis & Korvais – exploring the various possibilities (Practical)
  • Understanding Laya (Theory and practice)
  • Process of choreography – from word to visual
  • Approach to a thematic presentation
  • Breakup of the parts in the whole
  • Visualizing the performance as an organic whole

Fee: $150

  • Please note that workshop attendees will get free admission to the Magic Bow concert on 4/28/2024 + 1 complimentary ticket for a guest.

The workshop will be conducted by the following Kalakshetra-trained artists:
Gowri Ramnarayan
Anjana Anand

A spectacular performance by Bhavya Kumaran and Anjana Anand choreographed by Gowri Ramnarayan awaits Indian classical music and dance enthusiasts! Combines dance, music and storytelling to recreate the visual scenarios as imagined by the composer Lalgudi Jayaraman.

Playwright Gowri Ramnarayan is a theatre director, a journalist (Hindu), and was once MS Subbulakshmi’s vocal accompanist. Her credits include founding and directing JustUs Repertory, along with stage productions in India, the United States, the United Kingdom, and South Asia. In recognition of her contributions to theatre, she has received the Mahindra Theatre-in-Excellence (META) and Nataka Choodamani awards from the Sri Krishnagana Sabha. She has also published children’s books, a biography of MS Subbulakshmi, and an original play (titled Dark Horse and Other Plays). Besides chairing the Rukmini Devi Arundale Trust, she is a member of the Regional Advisory Committee of the ICCR. She is also a guest professor at the Asian College of Journalism in Chennai.Bhavya Kumaran is an Indian American dancer and choreographer of the classical South Indian art form, Bharatanatyam. Often praised for her perfect form (arai-mandi), svelte movements, and sense of rhythm, Bhavya is a celebrated and respected young dancer of today.

Born and raised in Chicago, in an extended family of performing artistes, Bhavya started learning the art form at the age of four from her mother Sowmya Kumaran, founder and artistic director of Nrithya Sangeeth, a school for performing arts. She had her “ascending the stage” (arangetram) solo performance in Chennai (2011), and since then has been regularly performing solos and duets with her mother, at prestigious venues across the US and India. Bhavya’s extensive performance experience includes essaying diverse roles in several Natya Natakams (thematic dance plays) under the direction of renowned choreographers from India and US. She herself has choreographed and staged dance productions on various platforms investing in creating innovative, exciting choreographies that appeal to the younger generation of dancers without forsaking the traditional principles of the dance form. She is an original member of Anubhava Dance Company, a team of North American born dancers who stage performances regularly.

An alumna of SIFAS, Singapore, and Kalakshetra Foundation, India, Bharatanatyam dancer Anjana Anand is now a founder/faculty member of Sahrdaya Foundation. Serving on the guest faculty of Milapfest Dance Intensive camps (UK, Singapore) and Navadarshana (US), Anjana has authored A Grammar of Dance, based on the Tamil epic Silappathikaram.

This is a performance that highlights Lalgudi Jayaraman’s accomplishments as a composer of dance and music.