Three Aksha’s classical Indian dance and the cycle of life

Three Aksha2
Watch for intricate hand movements in the Three Aksha performance.
Credit: Three Aksha

 

What the world needs now is a little hope.

Enter Viji Rao and her classical Indian Three Aksha Dance Ensemble. Their performance of Bharatanatyam pieces Friday and Saturday at the Painted Bride Arts Center on Vine Street is all about accentuating the positive.

“The one thing that’s close to my heart is that’s it’s all about peace,” Rao says. “There are so many things going on right now with the environment and bombings, I just wanted to bring a lot of peace. I just wanted to talk about life as a cycle. There’s no need to fight for everything in life – it’s all there. It’s just up to us to enjoy it.”

One of the works performed by the Three Aksha ensemble will be the Pushkara, which illustrates the Hindu philosophy of life being a temporary part of a cycle.

“Everybody talks about birth or death but people don’t talk about rebirth,” Rao says. “In Hindu mythology, the death means you’re reaching toward your peak. Fortunately, or unfortunately, they believe there’s a rebirth and you comeback as a reincarnation of something or you comeback as a human and you do that seven times.”

Rao is a native of India who danced and choreographed professionally in the England. She founded Three Aksha, based at Girard College, in 2003.

The face and hands are emphasized in Indian classical dance.

“The hand gestures and the facial expressions are based on the temple statues and sculptures you see in southern or northern India,” Rao says.

The company started out with a handful of followers and now has more than 12,000 in its database, Rao says. Each performance is preceded by an explanatory introduction so audience members can more easily follow along.

“[In Philadelphia] the Indian parents want their children to know about their culture and heritage so they bring their kids to the shows,” Rao says.

Non-Indians, she adds, “are looking for something new and different and that’s where Three Aksha comes in.”

If you go

Three Aksha Dance Ensemble presents the Pushkara, Saha and Aarambha
June 28 and 29, 7 p.m.
Painted Bride Art Center
230 Vine St.
$25/$20 for seniors
www.threeaksha.org


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Breaking: Local

Fiery car, truck crash shuts down Boston's Zakim…

State Police shut down the Zakim Bridge, Rte. 93 northbound, and part of Rte. 93 southbound this morning due to a crash that killed at least one person.

International

South Korea ferry disaster: captain's actions 'tantamount to…

The captain and some crew members of the sunken South Korean passenger ferry Sewol have been accused of 'murderous acts' by their own president, after…

News

Easter Egg hunt horror as skydiver plummets to…

A FAMILY Easter egg hunt ended in horror when a skydiver plummeted to his death in a New York garden after his parachute failed to…

News

Boston Marathon 2014 on high alert, Red Sox…

One year on from the horrific Boston Marathon bombings a ring of steel has been thrown around today's race, and a city stands defiant against…

Television

‘Mad Men’ recap: Season 7, Episode 2, ‘A…

Peggy and Lou are horrible, Bert's racist, Don is honest(ish) and Roger and Pete are frustrated. "A Day's Work" not quite worthy of "This Will Be Our Year."

Television

'Game of Thrones' recap: Season 4, Episode 3,…

The problem with the devil you know is that ignoring them doesn’t mean they simply lie in wait. It allows them time to do things…

Television

Discovery cancels 'Everest Jump Live' special in wake…

The Discovery Channel has indicated it will not be moving forward with "Everest Jump Live," a planned special about mountain climber Joby Ogwyn's effort to…

The Word

'X-Men' director Bryan Singer drama continues

  News broke late last week that "X-Men" and "The Usual Suspects" director Bryan Singer is being sued by a man who said Singer molested…

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox walk off with…

Red Sox pick up first walk off win of 2014

MLB

Red Sox and Orioles meet Monday morning at…

Red Sox and Orioles meet Monday morning at 11 a.m.

NHL

NHL video highlights: Bruins smack down Red Wings…

NHL video highlights: Bruins smack down Red Wings in Game 2

MLB

MLB video highlights: Red Sox defeat Orioles, 4-2

Brock Holt the difference in the Red Sox' win

Travel

Packing: The one thing you need in your…

A new survey that looks at the travel habits of 50,000 people around the world has revealed that Western and Asian globetrotters have different priorities…

Home

Is your chair making it hard to talk?

Ever wished there was an office chair that could make impromptu meetings and discussions more private? The Cristiana Wing Chair is an asymmetrical armchair which…

Travel

Live large at these luxury hotels

From Thai boxing lessons and macabre Dracula tours to the Australian Outback, the Four Seasons hotel chain launched a series of new travel packages this…

Parenting

4 things that every summer camp should have

Alan Saltz, director of the 92nd street Y program lists things that every summer camp should have.