“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”
Do you remember the first time you rode a bike? Laughed unstoppably till your stomach hurt? Fell in love? We often feel the need to encapsulate these wonderful life experiences for the long-term, whether that be by snapping a picture on our phone, sharing the news on social media, or simply writing our experiences in a journal.
Anubhava – literally meaning “The Experience,” aims to portray these life occurrences and stories that everyone can relate to through the mediums of dance and music. The Anubhava Dance Company, founded by Dr. Shriya Srinivasan and Joshua George, comprises of a vibrant group of second-generation, Indian-American artists. Even though our explorations are rooted within the classical Indian dance-form of Bharatanatyam, we are constantly exploring the relevance dance has to our lived experience.
The company premiered in 2015 at the prestigious Cleveland Thyagaraja Aradhana Festival, receiving great acclaim. Anubhava has since toured across the United States, impressing audiences, and raising funds for charitable organizations at many of the programs. Through shows, the company aims to showcase the ability and quality of second-generation Indian-American artists and hopes to further inspire youth to practice these classical art-forms. The company's repertoire ranges from traditional works exploring the depth of Bharatanatyam, to modern thematic works expanding the horizons of the Indian-classical arts.
The Hindu reviewed Anubhava in 2015, stating that, “...the young ensemble rendered a performance comparable to that of experienced artists. Their energy was high; confidence, steady and handling of every raga, adept, keeping the audience in awe during the entire performance.” The success of Anubhava lies in its quality of execution as well as the strong teamwork between the dancers and musicians from different backgrounds and cities. The differences in style and convention between the dancers result in a collaborative product that is new and novel to not only the dancers but the viewers as well.”
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