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!


UMW Multicultural Festival 2018

Mark the date on your calendar – April 14, 2018 – for the next University of Mary Washington Multicultural Festival to celebrate the richness of diversity. Utpalasia will be performing a varied cultural program of Buddhist, Classical Kathak, Bollywood, and Folk dance on the promenade of Lee Hall between 2:15 and 2:45pm. The performance participants include members of Utpalasia, Eagle Bhangra, and some of our students from India School in Bethesda. We are excited to be a part of this event which attracts more than 5,000 people annually. We also invite you to come and see original designs in jewelry, Boho handicrafts, and unique clothing at our beautiful orange tent, Yak Yak Yak Nepal! We hope to see you there!

International Women’s Day 2018

Today we celebrate and honor not only women and their inspiring contributions to our lives – past, present, and future – but all those who are a part of the continuous challenge of ensuring gender parity across the globe, from our own backyards to far off places. Achieving social, economic, cultural, and political equality is an issue that must concern all of us. Equality in education, capacity building, and full engagement in every sector of life must become our mantra and our focus. The way we treat one another is the way our future will be shaped.

 

Dance and GIS

Discover how science is helping to track the creative process and spatial relationships in dance using GIS. Tracking allows dancers to see only themselves or where they are in the group during performances. Storylines can be analyzed, refined, and improved with this system, and hotspot mapping can avoid dancers overusing given space on stage. Check it out at: https://goo.gl/NWPKMU Fascinating stuff!!