On Sunday August 11, The Velaslavasay Panorama invites audiences' eyes, minds and emotions to coalesce in enjoyment of the deeply rooted traditional expressions of immigrant California.
For decades, master exponents George Abe, Ramya Harishankar, and Chris Garcia have forged incredible collaborative work within Southern California's cultural tapestry.
Join us for an eclectic afternoon from 2pm to 5pm of flute, tabla, and Indian Classical dance.
George Tetsuo Abe was born in Manzanar California and raised in the Seinan area (Westside, LA).He began with clarinet in Grammar School and went on to play oboe and sax at Manual Arts High School. He now specializes in Japanese musical instruments: shakuhachi, yokobue, taiko and biwa.
Christopher Garcia is a critically acclaimed composer, musician, drummer, and percussionist who has made a career of creating music on the drumset, percussion of North and South India, indigenous percussion of Mexico, ZAPPA music and western classical percussion. Garcia has played in a variety of settings, with an array of artists ranging anywhere from jazz to symphonic orchestras
Ramya Harishankar combines the elegance, grace, and suppleness of the Vazhavoor School of Bharata Natyam with the distinctive ability to express all shapes of emotion with sensitivity and intuition. She has imbibed these qualities under legendary gurus: the late Sawmimalai K. Rajaratnam, and Padha Bhushan Kalanidhi Narayanan. In 1982, Ramya establshed the school, Arpana, which has grown to become a premier school of Bharata Natyam in California.
Lekha Jandhyala is a rising sophomore at Pitzer College. She hopes to double major in Art History and Media Studies/Studio Art. Lekha has been a student of Bharatanatyam for 15 years and became a member of the Arpana Dance Company in 2008. She toured with her guru Ramya Harishankar and George Abe in 2011.