Diwali Celebration at the Met

Tuesday, October 24, 2017


Stories of Diwali Video and Performances

The evening will feature two classical dance performances, which will celebrate the symbolic victory of good over
evil, as embodied by the mythology of Rama and his victorious battle with Ravana. This is depicted in one of the
world's oldest and longest epics, the Ramayana. The evening program will open with Jay performing the Mallari
in the Bharatnatyam dance form. Her performance will be followed by a video on the numerous evocations of
Diwali as celebrated through memories, experiences and personal meaning. Pallavi will close with an
invocation to Rama Stuthi in the dance form Kathak. 

Jayashree (Jay) Jaidev

Jay is a classically trained Bharata Natyam Dancer with over 22 years of training. She has performed extensively in India and overseas, including the UN celebrations in Thailand, Hong Kong, & Bahrain. She continues to teach here to advanced students & conducts Master classes for senior students.

Jay will perform the Mallari (a song that is usually presented as the God is being taken in a procession). Here, today to celebrate Diwali, it signifies Rama's victory over Ravana & his return to Ayodhya as the rightful king.

Pallavi Degwekar Shaikh

A disciple of late Guru Smt. Asha Joglekar, Pallavi has been learning Kathak since she was 10, having completed a Masters in Kathak under her tutelage. Pallavi has been conferred the title "Shringar Mani" by the prestigious national organization, Sur Singar Samsad. Her numerous accolades include performances at the Raindrop Festival, Sangeet Natak Akademie, the India day parade in Madison Square, and March of Dimes. Pallavi has been teaching for more than 18 years and runs a leading dance school, Nrityanjali Arts, in New Jersey.
Set to a soundtrack by the legendary Lata Mangeshkar, Pallavi will perform the Rama Stuthi, an invocation that is a celebration of Rama's return from exile. With much fanfare Rama is welcomed home by his wife, Sita, brother Lakshmana, and the people of Ayodhya. 

We thank Pocket Box Office (PBO) for the video and for arranging the live performances. 
PBO is a new media creative agency/studio that does immersive and adaptive storytelling in culture and the arts. 




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