Category Archive: Announcements

The Multidimensionality of the Refugee Issue

Refugees are often seen as a burden on society, however, we tend to ignore the multidimensionality of this issue. Refugees have a wealth of life experience, talents, skills, as well as resiliency. They can be, and are, contributors in so many areas. To ignore that potential is to bypass an opportunity to show our humanity, our compassion, and our desire for inclusivity. In short, the ‘refugee crises’ is, as this article states, more of a ‘crisis in response’. Come join us @1journeyfestival to share tales of hardship and joy, challenge and triumph. Witness some of the beauty and #culturaldiversity that refugees bring with them through the mediums of dance, music, food, and the arts. https://goo.gl/PdQis8

 

UNHRC/U.N. Refugees Goodwill Ambassador Ger Duany at 1 Journey Festival June 2

 

Former child soldier – one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan”, and refugee turned actor/model, Ger Duany has given his support to the 1 Journey Festival. His work for the UNHRC and the plight of refugees is vocal and focused on creating dialogue and positive change. Join us as we take part in the conversation by showcasing the rich artistic heritage of countries around the world through dance, music, food, and storytelling. This is one journey we will all share as we move toward the future.

Utpalasia is pleased to present dances and a workshop from the Himalayan region and India at this first-ever festival to honor the achievements and contributions of refugees.

Photo: Ger Duany, with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, via Twitter.

Celebrate Refugees at the One Journey Festival on June 2

 

Join us as we take part in the One Journey Festival, to be held on June 2 at the Washington National Cathedral. Come celebrate the contributions, talents, and stories of refugees from around the world. More than 65 million people have been displaced due to war and persecution, but no matter their country they are part of a larger journey – that of humanity. Food, music, art, and dance, as well as storytelling, will make this day one of discovery and sharing. Utpalasia will be performing Himalayan Folk and Indian Kathak dance along with a workshop as part of our commitment to create an environment of exchange, dialogue, and celebration of the things that bind us all together as One.

 

 

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!

Celebrate Holi with Utpalasia!

Come celebrate Holi Festival with us at Durga Temple this coming Saturday, March 3 as some of our junior dancers present Bollywood and Kathak items in the cultural program, which begins at 1:30. Holika Dahan will be from 5:30 to 5:30pm. Details are available here: https://goo.gl/CnD2Fm

International Festival in Alexandria

Join us tomorrow for the International Festival in Alexandria, Virginia when Utpalasia kicks off the show at 12pm with Bollywood classics and some new hits! It promises to be a beautiful day, so why not grab the kids and come out to Waterfront Park to enjoy the food, fun, and festivities!

Happy Dashain 2017

A very Happy Dashain to all from everyone here at Utpalasia! Join us at Durga Temple in Fairfax Station on September 30 as we participate in the annual Dussehra Cultural Program. Students from some of our classes will be presenting two Bollywood items and a traditional Kathak religious piece from 5:00-6:00pm. More info: https://goo.gl/jpHoKD We hope to see you there!

 

Utpalasia’s 10th Anniversary: Celebrating Asian Culture & the Arts

We turned 10 this month! It has been quite a journey, beginning with Nepal Dance School in 2007 and culminating in today’s Utpalasia. During that time we transformed ourselves and our programs, focusing more on public engagement and education while continuing to attract students interested in learning dance and music through classes and workshops. Our performances have always been geared to presenting Asian culture and heritage, particularly that of Nepal and Tibet, in order to bring recognition, foster appreciation, and continue preservation of these unique and incredibly beautiful art forms.  Utpalasia is truly an unusual venture; we are woman-owned, boast of our own in-house composer and two choreographers, have a costume designer at the ready, and a tech guy to keep us running smoothly. Our thanks to them, and to all of you, for your suggestions and input, participation and enthusiasm, energy and devotion as we continue on our path into the future. We hope we will continue to surprise and delight you, the audience, in the years to come!

 

Cordula Sturm Dahal 2017

Bhim Dahal 2007

Bhim Dahal 2017

Tasherit Sturm Dahal 2007

Tasherit Sturm Dahal 2017

Happy International Interpreter & Translator Day!

What’s in a word? More than you think! Interpreters (spoken word) and translators (written word) are on the front lines of both hometown and international communication. Skilled wordsmiths with incredibly diverse backgrounds and specialties, they open up the world to new possibilities and greater understanding between people in business, government, academic institutions, sports, and virtually every other field. The training for this profession involves years of education, practical application, and constant awareness of regional and global changes so that meaning, and not just words, can be accurately rendered in a target language from the source language (or in both directions!) We love bringing people together through the magic of languages. Go to our “Services” page for more info about interpretation and translation in German, French, Nepali, and Hindi!multilingual

Registration for Fall Classes Begins!

After a long, hot summer it’s time to get back into form with classes in Indian Kathak and Bollywood! So grab your dance bag, take off those shoes, strap on your ghungroos and make plans to attend India School’s 2016-2017 registration this coming Sunday, September 18, starting at 10 am. New and returning students will be placed in the appropriate level by our instructors on the first day of class, September 25th. More info at: http://theindiaschool.com/how-to-register/