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Prakriti – Maatrikaa, Mrittikaa

Presented by Nandanik Dance Troupe

As the once unwavering rhythm of the universe starts to falter in response to our quest for advancement and luxury, as the delicate balance of nature teeters on the brink of breakdown, it is imperative that we take a step back, take a moment to appreciate Mother Nature and recognize the effects of our affronts on her. It is now time to look back and learn from the past follies, to build a stronger future, by strengthening our environment, not weakening it. It is time to nurture nature.

In this spirit, the Nandanik Dance Troupe is proud to present its latest dance-drama production titled Prakriti – Maatrikaa, Mrittikaa – an ode to the mother goddess and nature. The word Prakriti in Sanskrit means Goddess or Devi, and refers to Nature or Mother Earth. Maatrikaa and Mrittikaa mean Mother Goddess and Mother Earth respectively. The choreography draws from a centuries-old Indian tale of a woman and her daughters and their struggle to protect the trees of their village from deforestation. This production follows Nandanik Dance Troupe’s on-going mission of adapting tales from Indian mythology to shed light on modern day issues; in this case, the appreciation of nature and environmental protection.

Prakriti will be collaboratively presented by the Nandanik Dance Troupe and Dr. Sheila Collins of Interplay Pittsburgh. The performance will be directed and choreographed by Nandini Mandal, artistic director of Nandanik, and Sanjib Bhattacharya, world-renowned exponent of Indian classical dance. The production will be narrated by Dr. Sheila Collins, director of the Wing & A Prayer Pittsburgh Players, an InterPlay-based performance troupe.

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Event Details

Nandanik Dance Troupe: Prakriti – Maatrikaa, Mrittikaa
Saturday, November 15, 2014 – Doors 6:30 PM, Performance 7 PM
Sunday, November 16, 2014 – Doors 3:30 PM, Performance 4 PM
Kelly Strayhorn Theater, 5941 Penn Ave :: Map

  • Student/Senior – $15
  • Adult – $20
  • Sponsor $50
  • Sponsor $100 – includes 1 free ticket
  • Sponsor $150 – includes 2 free tickets
  • * Children 6 and under free

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