Swagatam — Welcome to Utpalasia! We are a family of multi-disciplinary artists and musicians, designers, and cultural gurus who are fascinated by all things South and Southeast Asian, particularly Himalayan.

From the “Buddha Dude” to Hindu customs, Mount Everest to terraced fields, Tibetan monks with mobiles to living goddesses, and honey hunters to holy cows, we perform with resident demons and dance with gods, occasionally traveling with our pet yeti in tow – all to inspire, amaze, and delight audiences with the many layers of traditional heritage and modern Asian traditions. Be it online, at a performance, in a class, or on the road, we hope you will join us as we engage in fostering the cross-cultural appreciation, understanding, and preservation of Asian arts, dance, music and more!

Celebrate Tihar, the Nepali Festival of Lights!

Come and join us as we partner with Curry in a Hurry in Dumfries, Virginia to celebrate Tihar (Deepawali) on Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 6-8 pm. Bring your family and friends to hear traditional Himalayan music and see village folk dance while enjoying Newari specialties, such as choila, and other tempting Nepali and Indian dishes. Curry in a Hurry is located at 17173 Wayside Drive. For more information, please call 703-441-1110 or 703-346-5877.

Fall Classes at India School

Registration for Utpalasia’s Kathak and Bollywood classes takes place tomorrow, Sunday, September 13, at Thomas Pyle Middle School. Classes begin on September 20th and run through May 15, 2016. Fees and further information can be found here on the India School site. For questions concerning placement and proper student level, please contact us directly at info@utpalasia.org. We look forward to seeing all of you soon!

Utpalasia at The University of Heidelberg, Germany

SAI Heidelberg

The second part of our summer in Europe was spent at the University of Heidelberg’s Southeast Asia Institute attending the Intensive Nepali program. Our thanks, appreciation, and respect to Professor Laxmi Nath Shrestha who made this session truly extraordinary. His devotion to the study of the Nepali language was absolutely inspiring!

In addition to participating in this rigorous program, and in keeping with our commitment to South Asian arts, Utpalasia was delighted to donate instruction in Himalayan folk dance afterhours to all those interested. Ladies, your performance was the hit of the certificate presentation ceremony and you rocked the house! Go girls!!

We are hoping to bring an expanded version of this cultural feature to SAI again in the future and are working on a proposal for traditional dance and music to be offered for upcoming summer sessions.