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New York-based Battery Dance Company to stage performance in New Delhi

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The performance is jointly hosted by the Department of State and ICCR.

The New York-based Battery Dance Company is scheduled to perform in New Delhi on Wednesday, January 31, at 6.30 pm.

The hosts of the event, titled as “Shakti: A Return to the Source,” are the US Department of State and the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR). The performance will be held at Kamani Auditorium in the Copernicus Marg, the US Embassy India said in a press release.

International award-winning choreographer Jonathan Hollander, who is the co-founder of the Indo-American Arts Council and Fullbright lecture in India, is the director of the performance.

Hollander holds the credits for Indian-inspired works such as “Songs of Tagore” (1997) and “Layapriya,” (2001) which were critically acclaimed in India.

Battery Dance Company has presented many of the foremost dancers and musicians of India on national US tours. It also hosts the Battery Dance Festival, in conjunction with the Indo-American Arts Council.

Wednesday’s performance will also be a collaboration between the American dancers of Battery Dance and Indian classical dancer Unnath Hassan Rathnaraju.

The dance performance will be accompanied by the music of legendry Hindustani vocalists Rajan and Sajan Mishra, with compositions by Sangita Sounds and a solo table performance by Samir Chatterjee.

The first performance of “Shakti: A Return to the Source” was in New York as “The Durga Project” to mark the 40th anniversary of the Battery Dance Company in 2016. SHAKTI took its inspiration from a classical Indian improvisational work, Raag Durga, as recorded by Rajan and Sajan Mishra, who will also attend the performance at New Delhi. The entry for the performance is by invitation.