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!
Posted September 30, 2016. Filed under Announcements.
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!
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/
April 29 is International Dance Day, the global celebration of poetic movement, rhythmic motion, and expressive artistry. No matter what the style, dance – like music – is a language of imagination, universally understood and appreciated. So put on your best shoes (or take them off!) and let the music and your inner fantasy take you wherever they may. Happy Dancing!!
Posted March 21, 2016. Filed under Announcements.
Wishing all of our families, friends, and students a very happy Holi, the festival of colors. Holi – or Phagu Purnima – celebrates the start of spring.
Photo by National Geographic
Senior dancer, Tasherit Sturm Dahal, will be performing the Vajrayogini dance, a charya nritya, or meditative Buddhist dance, as part of Kites of Asia, a free family program at the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum this Saturday from 10:30-3 pm. The Vajrayogini is a rare and beautiful dance in which the qualities of a dakini, or spiritual muse, are personified and in which the dancer ‘becomes’ the being she portrays. Kites of Asia will also feature other dance and music performances by Utpalasia, along with workshops and activities for children of all ages. For more info, go to https://goo.gl/ga6Fj4.
Posted March 8, 2016. Filed under Announcements.
Nyepi, or the Saka New Year, arrives after the new moon in Bali, Indonesia. This year the holiday falls on March 9. Devotees participate in Hindu religious processions for three days prior to the festival. Nyepi Eve has a wide range of traditional customs including parades of the ogoh-ogoh (demons), village meetings, purification ceremonies, bhuta kala (chasing away evil spirits) and more. On Nyepi itself, the Catur Brata Penyepian, or prohibitions, are observed: No fire, no travel, no activity, and no entertainment. The island goes dark, secluded, and quiet; it is considered a time for reflection after 364 days of hectic life. On March 10 the omed-omedan, or festival of kissing, takes place and ends Bali’s most anticipated holiday of the year.
Posted March 6, 2016. Filed under Announcements.
Kathmandu is expecting over 1.1 devotees to throng Pashupatinath Temple on March 7, 2016 for Maha Shivaratri, one of the most important Hindu festivals, which celebrates the marriage of Lord Shiva with goddess Parvati. People observe a fast and perform six rituals for purification and to show their virtue. Vigils are held on the temple grounds, with classical music and bhajans being sung all through the night. Lord Shiva’s cosmic dance, tandav, which is considered to be the source of all creation and destruction, is also celebrated. Aum Namaha Shivaya!
Gather your family and friends and join us for Kites of Asia, a day of free family programs at the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum, including (of course!) amazing kites, Himalayan dance and music, performances, mask making, and more! Grab the kids for an unforgettable day of entertainment and discovery from 10:30 am to 3:00 pm. Utpalasia will be presenting folk, Buddhist, classical Indian, and Bollywood dances, followed by interactive workshops. Children will enjoy our coloring station, featuring Buddhist symbols, a demon mask and Vajrayogini crown. It’s all free, it’s all fun! Details at https://goo.gl/FMrwjr