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All Utpalasia programs, unless otherwise stated, contain the following:

  • media presentation
  • multiple dances
  • interactive audience participation segment
  • Q & A section

Utpalasia offers a wide range of interesting topics and has a unique and distinctive presentation style. We provide professional level arts and music tailored to our audience levels. Each program is the result of years of research, training, and planning to ensure that we not only entertain, but educate and stimulate the curiosity of our audiences.

Programs performed specifically for schools mesh with existing school curricula and state requirements, helping to reinforce and improve main subject areas, as well as introduce students to new topics not found in standard lesson plans.

  • Social Studies — intercultural appreciation and understanding
  • Language Arts — communication and storytelling skills
  • Movement — physical exercise and stamina
  • Mathematics & Music — counting, time cycles, beats
  • Spiritual Development — building familiarity with other belief systems
  • Memory & Reasoning Skills — sequencing, patterns, and designs
  • Creativity & Artistic Freedom — self-expression with audio and visual art
  • Social Skills — interaction and cooperation

Gods & Demons: The Wise One, the Demon with the Fangs, and the Chick with the Skulls

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Learn about the life of Siddhartha Gautama, meet the founder of the Kathmandu Valley, be protected from evil spirits by a demon (yes, that’s right, a demon), and become smarter by having your head chopped off (don’t worry, you’ll get it back at the end of the program). Learn why Buddhism is not a religion and why life is like a lotus. This program is suitable for all ages.

  • Why being rich isn’t everything: the story of Lord Buddha
  • The guy who stayed behind: Manjusri, the god of wisdom
  • Demon spirits in everyday life: the Lakhe
  • Girl power in the 21st century: the Vajrayogini
  • Art with a how-to guide for life: astamangala and coloring mandalas (younger audiences)
  • Basic principles of Buddhism, or why meditating is like being in a burning house (all ages)

Do You Kathak?

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Kathak is one of the major classical Indian dance styles which originated in northern India and developed in large part after Hindu and Muslim cultures collided. This program promotes multi-cultural diversity, investigates the history of the dance, and gives the audience a taste of the technical and expressive components of Kathak. Recommended for adults and grade 3 and above.

  • What Muslims and Hindus have in common and how their artistic collaboration created today’s form of Kathak
  • Purana Purity to Palace Pleasures: dance from the temple to the court and everything in between
  • Hand me my mudra! Talk without words
  • Learn the nine rasas (emotions), or how to make a face
  • Short hand movement and footwork workshop

Bollywood Babes, or “I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. Patel”

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Mumbai’s movie industry produces thousands of movies every year and has a global following in the millions. Audiences will get a behind the scenes glimpse of the technical skill, choreography, and enormous energy required to produce these glittering spectacles of modern cinema. This is one of our most popular programs and is geared for all ages.

  • The Silver Screen of India: where it came from and where it’s going
  • So you want to be a Bollywood star? What it takes to be a dancer
  • Move it, groove it, and catch the fever: Bollywood medley dances and interactive high energy workshop

Himalayan Musical Journey

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Students make audio art with traditional Himalayan instruments through hands-on activities, learn about time cycles, and improve their math, counting, and sequencing skills. This program is suitable for children K-6 and is especially beneficial for children with learning disabilities.

  • Blow it, slide it, shake it, tap it, hit it: play traditional Himalayan instruments
  • From sound to music: feel the rhythm, and catch the beat
  • Fingers and hands make the best calculators: the math of time cycles

Dancing in the Shadow of Everest

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We explore the myths and legends of the Abominable Snowman and get a glimpse into the everyday existence of people in Nepal. Learn how dance, music, and village life create a strong social bond and network between all the diverse ethnic groups. Dancing in the Shadow of Everest is suitable for all ages.

  • The mythical mountain creature with a bad attitude: the yeti
  • Yak, yak, yak: let’s chat about what it’s like to live in Shangri-La
  • Dance to traditional songs of Himalayan villages