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Mystic India – Get to India Without An Air Ticket!
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Missing India? Love Bollywood? Want to know more about the music and dance of different regions of the home country?
Well, now you can travel back to India without a passport or air-ticket – by way of New Jersey!
Imagine over 60 dancers, acrobats and musicians taking you on a wonderful journey to India, fueled by music and dance. The event is Mystic India: The World Tour at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s Prudential Hall on March 8th for one performance only, by the noted choreographer Amit Shah, director of Aatma Performing Arts.
The show promises to be a lush visual treat as vibrant dancers, aerialists and acrobats perform a spectrum of dances from different regions of India in over 750 opulent costumes. For Bollywood fans the celebration of Indian cinema with music and dance from some of the most beloved films is a must-see.
Indian Threads, American Tapestry
The roots of the show go right back to India. Amit Shah, who grew up in New Jersey, recalls a defining moment. He was visiting his family’s hometown in India. While buying vegetables in the market with his mother, he found people around were surprised that he could actually speak in his native tongue, Gujarati. “Just because I was born in America, doesn’t mean I don’t know my roots!” he remembers thinking at that time and determined to keep connected with Indian culture through music and dance by forming his own dance company in the US.
“When I first created Mystic India, I wanted to spread our love for Indian culture around the world and represent India in the most accurate way,” says Shah, who’s taken this show to four continents to over 200,000 people. “My goal was to change the way Bollywood dance was represented on the international platform, as it’s being commercialized and losing authenticity. I am proud of our diverse cast for being such genuine ambassadors of Indian culture.”
Mystic India covers all aspects of dance from classical Indian to Bollywood dance, with touches of hip-hop, ballet, fusion and modern. It has color, grandeur and drama – and captures the Broadway show experience with an Indian flavor.
A Glimpse of Mystic India
Indian Americans, Part of the Bigger Picture …
What is particularly exciting for the burgeoning Indian community in the tri-state area is this first collaboration with NJPAC, a noted mainstream cultural organization; the arts and culture of India will now be seen by a much larger American audience, which is a matter of pride for all Indian-Americans who want to share their arts and traditions with the nation. This first performance also points to the fact that Indian-Americans are very much on the radar of a noted arts organization like the NJPAC which will be showcasing many more Indian performing arts in the future.
“Presenting cultural artists from around the world speaks to one of NJPAC’s core missions,” says David Rodriguez, Executive Producer at NJPAC. “The acclaimed Mystic India represents a spectacular realization of that mission. This show will appeal to a wide range, from the South Asian community to families to the Bollywood fans to theater and dance aficionados.”
So what are you waiting for? Visit Mystic India with your friends and family on Sunday, March 8 – and connect with your desi roots! It’s a treat for the entire family.
(Tickets, on sale now, are $28.00-$140.00 and may be purchased at www.njpac.org, by calling 1-888-GO-NJPAC or by visiting the box office at One Center Street in Downtown Newark.
About New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC):
New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC), located in downtown Newark, New Jersey, is among the largest performing arts centers in the United States and is the artistic, cultural, educational and civic center of New Jersey — where great performances and events enhance and transform lives every day. As New Jersey’s Town Square, NJPAC brings diverse communities together, providing access to all and showcasing the State’s and the world’s best artists while acting as a leading catalyst in the revitalization of its home city. Through its extensive Arts Education programs, NJPAC is shaping the next generation of artists and arts enthusiasts. NJPAC has attracted over seven million visitors (more than one million children) since opening its doors in 1997, and nurtures meaningful and lasting relationships with each of its constituents. Visit www.njpac.org
or call 1-888-GO-NJPAC for more information.
About Aatma Performing Arts:
AATMA Performing Arts aims to unite traditional Indian dance styles, with modern forms of movement, resulting in a vivid amalgamation of eastern and western culture. With a dance troupe that travels internationally, as well as competitive dance schools in New York and New Jersey, AATMA’s focus is to preserve the culture of India, while incorporating it with American dance influences to create a brilliant fusion of art powerful enough to be understood by audiences worldwide.