Real center of education for traditional and indigenous performing arts forms in Manhattan, New York should be ‘Lotus Music & Dance’ non-for profit 501(C)(3) organization, founded by master Bharata Natyam dancer Kamala Cesar, 1989. The mission is to keep alive and accessible the music and dance traditions of all world cultures. Lotus Music & Dance keep the mission as a solely remains the only institution of its kind in New York City, where master artists from India, Korea, China, the South Pacific, Middle East, the Mohawk Nation, West Africa, and Spain collectively call home.
Kamala Cesar, is one of pioneers to grant world music & dance in New York City. She disciple of T. Balasaraswati (Bharata Natyam, South Indian Dance), was born in Brooklyn, NY, and is Native American (Mohawk Tribe) and Filipino. She studied Bharata Natyam (the classical dance of South India) both in the United States and in India, under T. Balasaraswati, Bharata Natyam’s legendary and foremost exponent. She is one of the few American disciples carrying on the style of T. Balasaraswati in this country.
Ms. Cesar has participated in programs sponsored by the American Society for Eastern Arts, the Center for World Music, Asian Traditions, The American Dance Festival, and Wesleyan University. In 1986, she was a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts Folk Art Apprenticeship. She has performed extensively in the United Stated, Europe, and India. Ms. Cesar is the Founder and Artistic Director of Lotus Music & Dance, a not-for-profit organization that since 1989 has been supporting multicultural programs that further the understanding, appreciation, and preservation of traditional arts and the creation of new works that evolve from traditional art forms.
She has produced several cross-cultural productions, including: The New York Ramayana; Eagle Spirit—A Tribute to the Mohawk High Steelworkers; Message of Peace—An Excerpt from the Peacemaker’s Journey; World in The City; Dancing Across Cultural Borders; World Dance Passport; and Lotus—the Energy Within. Since 2002, she has produced Drums Along the Hudson: A Native American Festival and Multicultural Celebration, Manhattan’s only open-air Pow Wow celebrating Native American heritage along with world cultures and their traditional dance and drumming.
World Dance Festival: Dancing Across Cultural Borders
Lotus Music & Dance and Robert Browning Associates present
Saturday November 4th 2017 at 4PM
Junko Fisher Dance Co. (Okinawan Dance)
Tibetan Song and Dance Ensemble
Sol La Argentinita Ensemble (Flamenco)
Sunday November 5th 2017 at 4PM
Kinding Sindaw ( Filipino Tribal Dance)
Sounds of Korea
Fiesta Mexicana and Flor De Toloache (NYC’s only all female Mariachi Band)
509 Atlantic Avenue (At 3rd Ave)
Trains 2, 3, 4, 5, B, D, M, N, R, & Q and the LIRR arrive at Atlantic Avenue-Barclay’s Center;
G train to Fulton Street.
A, C, Trains to Hoyt-Schermerhorn
The first day of this exciting dance festival features the lively and stunning Tibetan Ral-pa dance, the dance of the wanderers that combines recitation and acrobatics, performed by graduates of the Tibetan Institute of the Performing Arts in Dharamsala; graceful folk dances which evoke the daily life of the people from Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost archipelago, performed by acclaimed Okinawan-born and Tokyo-trained dancer Junko Fisher and company; and soulful flamenco with the ensemble of Sol La Argentinita, who over the past decade has established herself as one of the top flamenco dancers/choreographers in New York.Refreshments will be served!
The second day of this festival features Sounds of Korea, under the direction of Sue Yeon Park, noted master artist and recipient of the NEA National Heritage Fellowship, in an engaging repertoire that includes the mesmerizing fan dance and the dazzling drums of ecstasy; the vibrant Ballet Fiesta Mexicana founded by Yloy Ybarra in 1999 that celebrates the rich and diverse repertory of Mexico’s various regions, and is accompanied by guest artists Sinhue Padille and his Mariachi band; and Kinding Sindaw, New York’s stellar group dedicated to reclaiming, recreating and preserving indigenous Philippine culture and traditions.