Brooklyn Raga Massive presents Ragas in Motion, an evening of dance and classical Raga music. Ragas in Motion attempts to bridge the divide between music and movement by encouraging collaborative work between musicians and dancers.
Featuring local South Asian classical musicians from around New York, renowned Bharatanatyam dancer Malini Srinivasan and award-winning Kathak dancer Barkha Patel will each perform new work and compositions that are dynamic and highlight Raga music.
Witness—and listen—as Brooklyn Raga Massive transcends artistic genres and mediums to exemplify the ephemeral nature of Raga music
About Barkha Patel:
Barkha Patel is a Kathak dancer, choreographer, educator, and the Artistic Director of Barkha Dance Company based in NYC. She has performed solo and ensemble works at dance festivals in India and the U.S. Her work has been presented in venues such as Dance Theatre Harlem, Jacob’s Pillow, Joyce Theatre, Lincoln Center, Little Island, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NJPAC and SOPAC. Her awards and grants include a choreographic fellowship with NJPAC, an Individual Artist grant from Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, a Leadership Mentee with Dance/USA Institute, fellow with Forge NYC consulting, National Arts Club fellow, and a Jerome Hill Artist Finalist 2023. Most recently, she was awarded the 2023 Juried Bessie Award and is in residency with Movement Research.
About Malini Srinivasan:
Malini Srinivasan is a critically acclaimed Bharatanatyam artist and the disciple of world-renowned artist Sri C.V. Chandrasekhar. Born and raised in Maryland, she began learning Bharatanatyam with her family and eventually embraced the Kalakshetra style with Smt. Savitri Jagganath Rao. After residing in Chennai for holistic dance education, she gained acclaim as a soloist internationally, toured with various groups, and choreographed pieces like "Being Becoming" and "Ode to Love's Arrows." She received numerous awards and grants, including the Dance in Queens Residency, Queens Council on the Arts grants, and a New Music USA grant. Currently based in Queens, NY, she's dedicated to teaching Indian classical traditions through her school, Gitanjali Dance School, and is the School Programs Manager and Teaching Artist with City Lore.