Source:; Author: Leigh Witchel; Photo Courtesy: Stephanie Berger

Classical Indian dance is both showy and pious, and so Malavika Sarukkai’s concert began with a flourish and ended with devotion. “Yatra,” Sanskrit for seeking or pilgrimage, was 70 minutes of concentrated solo bharatanatyam dance in four sections. In the first, abstract section, “Stithi Gati” (“Stillness Movement”) Sarukkai announced her presence with a driving stamp into the floor. And as it began with a stamp, the piece ended with a flourish. “Raas” told the inescapable tale of Lord Krishna and the Gopi women, a narrative that has spun hundreds of dances of ecstatic devotion.

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