An Evening with Jiva


The Board and Patrons of Jiva Performing Arts invite you to our Sixth Annual Gala celebrating 12 years!
Performances - Drinks - Hors d'oeuvres - Good Company
Thursday, November 14th, 2019 | 6:30 - 9:00 PM
DAG MODERN | 41 E 57th Street, NYC

va's Sixth Annual Gala celebrates 12 wonderful years of excellence in Indian classical dance and music programming and pedagogy. Join us for exclusive performances, hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and dancing, as we celebrate 12 years of art-making and share our plans for the exciting future of Jiva Performing Arts.


Master of Ceremonies: Nitin Madan

Dance by Jiva Dance presenting excerpts from The Four Horsemen, featuring Sonali Skandan, Aishwarya Madhav, Amrita Doshi, and Bharathi Penneswaran.

Music by Apoorva Mudgal - Music by Apoorva Mudgal - Hindustani/Indie singer and songwriter

...and Performances by emerging students of Jiva Performing Arts

Jiva Dance
Jiva Dance is a critically acclaimed dance company based in NYC. Jiva Dance, under the artistic direction of Sonali Skandan, sees the importance of preserving and promoting the traditional arts, yet also understands the need to incorporate innovative techniques to reach diverse audiences. Jiva Dance holds the belief that tradition is a continuum of evolution and hopes to invigorate classical works with a freshness and unique voice. They have presented at Universities, Colleges, and Festivals across the US and internationally to much acclaim.

Apoorva Mudgal
Born and raised in North India, Apoorva Mudgal is a Hindustani/Sufi singer-songwriter whose musical expression brings the deepest mysticism of Urdu/Punjabi Sufi poetry, Ghazal and Qawwali to the stripped-down simplicity of an acoustic guitar. It is this silence that breathes meaning to melody, in her soulful voice. Her music is inspired by the works of Sufi poets like Amir Khusrow, Bulleh Shah, Sultan Bahu and the musicality of legendary singers like Farida Khanum, Abida Parveen, and Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. She frequently collaborates with world musicians, marrying her sound to the echoes of hand pans, world percussion, and even lyrical jazz.

CT INDIAN MUSIC FESTIVAL- featuring Akshara Music Ensemble and Samarth Nagarkar
October 5th
Akshara Music Ensemble and Samarth Nargarkar are performing a double bill at Stamford for the CT Indian Music Festival.

Akshara Music Ensemble @ 6:30 PM

Featuring BALA SKANDAN on Mridangam and Vocal Percussion, SURYAKSHA DESHPANDE on Tabla, DAVE EGGAR on Cello and MAX ZT on Hammered Dulcimer.

Hindustani vocal concert - Featuring SAMARTH NAGARKAR - 7:30 PM

Oct. 5, 2019 | 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM | Doors open at 6 PM
Ferguson Library
1 Public Library Plaza
Stamford, CT 06901

Seating based on first come first serve
Don't miss this musical evening, book your tickets today!
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a program of music, dance, and spoken word
October 5th
National Day of Action Against Domestic Violence
To kick off National Domestic Awareness Month, 2019

Featuring performances by:
Ivanka Figueroa, dancer
Joy Kelly, actor/storyteller
Regina Ress, storyteller
Sonali Skandan, dancer
Jeannine Otis, musician
Vissi Dance Theater
The National Day of Action Against Domestic Violence is organized by Healing Voices-Personal Stories, a non-profit film company creating films that offer the stories of survivors who have escaped the prison of domestic violence and have created new lives for themselves. Our films are on-line and are free.

This program is offered to raise awareness of the scourge of domestic violence. The event includes a Die-In, symbolic performance by volunteers as a visual demonstration of the shocking number of women’s deaths due to domestic violence in the U.S.

Saturday, October 5th | 2:00 PM
St. Mark’s in-the-Bowery Church
131 East 10th Street, NYC

Le Mandapa
Danse Bharatanatyam and Carnatic Rhythms
October 20th

Sonali and Bala Skandan present an evening of South Indian Carnatic Rhythms and selected works in Bharatanatyam. Rasa, (mood) and Laya, (rhythm) combine in a joyful expression of music and dance. Bala Skandan will presenta demonstration of rhythms on Carnatic music on the Kanjira, a frame drum from South India, as well as konnakol, or verbal percussion. Sonali presents selected pieces from her classical repertoire along with excerpts from her latest work, The Four Horsemen - a critically acclaimed work that uses the metaphor of the apocalyptic tale of the four horsemen to tell the very human stories of female protagonists who exemplify resilience, courage strength and hope. She also will present some re-imagined classical pieces.

Sunday, Oct. 20th | 3:00 PM
Mandapa Center 6 rue Wurtz - 75013 Paris

Jiva Dance at the Lotus Dance and Music Festival
October 27th
The Lotus Dance and Music presents Dancing Across Cultural Borders featuring Jiva Dance and musical ensemble. The festival includes pre-performance discussions and demonstrations that will provide information on the cultural context and technique of the art form. Book your tickets today.

Dancers: Sonali Skandan, Maya Kappil, Amrita Doshi, Kumari Mayshark-Patel
Nattuvangam: Kiran Rajagopalan
Vocals: Vignesh Ravichandran
Mridangam: Bala Skandan
Violin: Neha Krishnamachary

Sunday, Oct. 27th | 4:00 PM
Manhattan Movement Arts Center, 248 West 60th St NYC

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