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Mythili Prakash & Aditya Prakash Ensemble

Jwala (Flame)

Saturday / April 9, 2016 / 7:00pm

From the temples of southern India, today, Bharata Natyam dance is an expression of devotion, beauty and grace for dancers the world over. Intricate rhythmic footwork rivals tap in complexity, the energy of pure technique requires the stamina of an athlete, but it is the complex language of abhinaya – body/gesture/facial expression, that elevates this form as the most virtuosic and theatrically expressive solo dance form in the world. Considered a star in India, dancer and choreographer, LA born Mythili Prakash is known for her exquisite beauty and exacting technique. Her performances always thrill and captivate, but her ultimate goal is for the beauty of her dance to inspire transformation- an experience known as rasa. Mythili has trained under her mother the esteemed guru Viji Prakash and the world renowned exponent of the art form -Malavika Sarukkai.

Mythili performs with musicians- Kasi Aysola nattuvangam (rhythm on cymbals) Roopa Mahadevan & Aditya Prakash carnatic vocals Rajna Swaminathan mridangam (drum) Shiva Ramamurthi violin Guhan Venkataraman veena (stringed instrument).

Aditya Prakash is featured vocalist for his sister Mythili matching her technical sophistication with his own interpretation of the treasured lyrics composed by revered poets. For the second part of of this program his own seven piece Aditya Prakash Ensemble takes center stage.  Returning from their own acclaimed tour of India they create an original hybrid sound that frames Aditya’s carnatic vocal style with jazz, funk, and altogether new sounds. Impeccable musicianship channeled by Aditya’s artistic vision and vocal leadership result in craft layers of sound, rhythm, and poetry. Aditya was one of the youngest musicians to tour and perform as lead vocalist for Pandit Ravi Shankar and Anoushka Shankar. He has also performed with Karsh Kale, Salim Merchant and MIDIval Punditz.

The Aditya Prakash Ensemble includesAditya Prakash vocals Julian Le piano Owen Clapp bass Kevin Yokota drums Mic Holden percussion/spoken word Shiva Ramamurthi violin Mark Einhorn tenor saxophone Neelamjit Dhillon tabla (percussion).

Their sheer talent and energy bring our worlds closer – there is no East and West only the ARATANI NOW.

Photo Credits (Mythili Prakash): Jorge Vismara, Nandit Desai
Photo Credits (Aditya Prakash): Sheena Lad

“Exquisite talent & electrifying high-voltage movement” describe Mythili Prakash a virtuoso of Indian classical dance. Her brother’s Aditya Prakash Ensemble shares center stage with a deeply emotional hybrid sound that frames classical Indian ragas with Jazz and Funk!

Aratani Theatre

Japanese American Cultural & Community Center (JACCC)
244 South San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012


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Mythili Prakash & Aditya Prakash Ensemble In Performance

Mythili Prakash

Aditya Prakash Ensemble