A Taste of India: Performers and Collaborators

The Indian Association of Western Washington: Collaborators
The IAWW is a nonprofit organization operating in the Seattle area. The group’s mission is to provide a common identity to the Indian community and facilitate cultural, social and educational services and opportunities for cultural integration from young to old of the community; as well as to foster those activities that enhance mutual understanding and appreciation between the Indo-American community and mainstream American community.

Learn more about IAWW here.

Pratidhwani dance wing

Pratidhwani: Collaborators and Performers
Praridhwani is a nonprofit cultural organization based in Seattle, whose mission is to promote and cultivate the vast number of performing arts and traditions of the Indian subcontinent. To better organize its efforts, Pratidhwani functions as a collection of artistic wings, each with independent missions, but with cross-wing interaction and cooperation. The present wings of the organization are Light music, Classical music, Dance, and Drama.

For this event, Pratidhwani has kindly organized North Indian Semi-classical music featuring Vibhuti Kavishwar (vocals), Sanket Joshi (vocals), Arshin Karande (harmonium), and a tabla player (to be decided) as well as Odissi Dance by Ishanie Choudhury, Arunima Roy, and coordinator Bonny Ghosal.

Learn more about Pratidhwani here.


Vidyalakshmi Vinod: Nrityalaya School of Dance
Vidyalakshmi has performed the ancient form of Bharathanatyam for the past 20 years. She had the privilege of being a disciple of Padmashri Chithra Viswesaran, with whom she learned the discipline and grammar of the vigorous art of Bharathanatyam. In 2002, Vidyalakshmi founded the Nrityalaya School of Dance, where she shares her experience and training with the next generation. The school strives to teach, preserve and promote the rich heritage of Indian classical dance. Vidyalakshmi’s talented group of students consistently performs at the Northwest Folklife festival, and with many cultural organizations.

Learn more aboutVidyalakshmi Vinod and the Nrityalaya School of Dance here.


Rashmi Joshi: Bollywood Dance
Rashmi has been dancing since the age of 6, and has 10 years of Bharatnatyam training, and 3 years of Bhangra training. She established Rashmi Joshi’s School of Dance in 2008, and has been performing and teaching in the Northwest for the past 3 years. The various types of dance she performs and practices include Bharatnatyam, Bhangra, Bollywood, Indian Folk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Pom, and Modern. Rashmi has worked with notable organizations including C.R.Y., Pratidwani, Seattle Art Museum, Northwest Folklife Festival, and Seattle VadyaVrinda.