Wow. Wow. That was amazing.
Last night Luiz and I joined a couple friends to attend a music and dance performance by Indian artists at the Sala Baden Powell cultural space in Copacabana. It featured about 50 minutes of mind blowing music and drumming by Anuradha Pal and her group “Recharge.” And then about 40 minutes of exquisite dance by Arunima Kumar, with live musical accompaniment.
The performances were part of a cultural exchange festival sponsored by the Indian Consulate and the Brazilian Cultural Ministry, among others. The event, in Rio, started on May 19th and will conclude May 22nd. The event continues through June 5th, touring through São Paulo, Brasilia, and then Belo Horizontes. You can find the schedule and additional information here.
Check out this video of master drummer and composer Anuradha Pal. Her website is here. She was AMAZING.
Here is a video of Arunima Kumar performing a number similar to one of the three she presented last night. Really beautiful.
Keep in mind that tonight in Rio is a different performance than what we saw last night (so I cannot comment on its impact, but I bet it will be wonderful). To see what we saw, you would want to go May 22nd. Oh, and if you go, sit in the balcony. It is a small theater, so you will not be too far back. The main floor seating is odd in that it slopes DOWNWARD away from the stage, so you cannot see the dance performer's feet, which would be best.