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Music and dance from India, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia combine to tell an ancient Hindu story

Asia Society Texas presents Transcending Borders: The Ramayana Project this weekend.


Dancers representing different cultures as part of the Ramayana Project


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The Ramayana is a classic story from Hindu mythology, telling the story of Rama and his conflict with the villainous Ravana, King of Lanka, who has kidnapped Rama’s consort Sita and trapped her in a forest.

Using this epic as the backdrop, dancer and choreographer Rathna Kumar has assembled a dance program called Transcending Borders: The Ramayana Project, featuring dance and music styles originating in India, Sri Lanka, and Indonesia.

The premiere performance will take place Saturday, Aug. 5, at 7 p.m. at Asia Society Texas.

In the audio above, Kumar discusses the way these styles complement each other and why these ancient stories remain with us for centuries.

The dancers represent different characters from the Ramayana.
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