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Natyananda, the Birmingham dance troupe founded by Sheila Rubin in 1978, celebrated its 35th anniversary Saturday with a stunning display of Bharatanatyam. Multi-armed deities, elaborate costumes and leggings, sculpturesque poses,  neck and eye movements, and a wide array of poignant and celebrative narratives unfolded in nine dances on the Bell Theatre stage at UAB. The high point of the concert came with V.K.’s choreography of “Thillana,” a tale of romantic rivalry with two women –  Krishnan and recent Natyananda graduate, Neha Udayakumar – vying for the attention of Krishna, portrayed by V.K.

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