Intercultural Journeys presents

Rajna Swaminathan / Rajas & Anu Yadav: Storytellers

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Sunday 2/19
7:00 pm
$15 General Public
$10 IHP Members
$8 Students
FREE IHP Residents (at the Box Office)

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Accomplished mrudangam (South Indian percussion) artist and composer Rajna Swaminathan joins forces with acclaimed playwright/actor Anu Yadav to debut their compelling political and personal performance, Storytellers, against the current backdrop of racially charged conflict and other 'isms' plaguing our society. Swaminathan brings her ensemble RAJAS, comprised of contemporary musicians with roots in the Indian classical perspective and jazz/creative music scenes. The "Vedantic" term rajas refers to the complex and multi-faceted inner human energy that compels us to act, to pursue our passions, to create, and to preserve ourselves. The collective improvisations set forth by RAJAS serve to illustrate the imagined landscape of Yadav's dramatized writings, while Yadav's voice becomes part of the fabric of the music as it is structured and guided by Swaminathan. Building on their prior collaborative work for Yadav's solo work, Meena's Dream, the two artists reflect on their standpoint as South Asian Americans to combine musical improvisation with community-engaged theater that acknowledges our differences, transcends boundaries, and addresses the urgent need for compassion and humanity in these times. 


NOTE: For information on Intercultural Journeys' free workshop The Rhythm of Home, taking place Saturday 2/18 at the Asian Arts Initiative, please click here.