India Arts and Culture Council
501(c)(3) Non profit cultural education organization
PO Box 91294, Portland, OR 97291
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RASIKA is proud to present


Rasika is proud to welcome back dancer/actress Shobana and her troupe to Portland after many years with an exceptional grand Indian dance production!

Venue: Newmark Theater, Portland 5
Date: Jun 03, 2018 at 05:00 PM
Artist: Shobhana
Percussion: Anantha R. Krishnan
Keyboard: Prithvi Chandrasekhar
Line Producer: Srividya S.


Trance is a quest to present Indian performing traditions in a collage of rhythm, a kaleidoscope of colors, sensual poetry, and traditional Bharatha Natyam. The ever-evolving mythology of Shiva, the avatars of Vishnu, Mary Magdalene, among other streams of consciousness is re-contextualized in a form rich in movement and visual imagery. Complimented by a sonic imagery ranging from Indian classical to electronic music for audiences to be regaled and transported into the primordial state of being in Trance.

Born into a family of dancers, dancer/actress Shobana and her troupe of dancers have witnessed standing ovations at over 100 cities world wide for performances including Trance. Accompanied by live orchestra of musicians and stunning lighting and costuming creates an evening of enchanting music and dance. Not to miss. One evening only!
Duality: An Immigrant Experience - Dance Tour
Oregon Tour
Date: April 6th - April 22nd 2018
Venues: TBA

The Duality dance production is adapted and will be touring various venues in Oregon showcasing the best of Indian performing arts.

Venues planned include: Chehalem Cultural Center, Salem Library, Blue Mountain Community College, Crossroads Carnegie Art Center, Pacific University etc.

Team of dancers from India and the Northwest join choreographer/dansuese Jayanthi Raman on the tour.

Funded in part by grant from Oregon Community Foundation

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Jayanthi Raman’s Dance of the Hummingbirds

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Aug 062017
RASIKA presents
7pm Saturday 7th October 2017
Jayanthi Raman's Dance of the Hummingbirds
Literary, Visual and Performing Arts in a full-length dance presentation with live orchestra
Concept & Dance choreography: Jayanthi Raman
Original poetry by Oregon poet laureate Paulann Peterson
Visual artist: Shashank Rao,
Live orchestra of Musicians: Vocalist, Bamboo Flute, Mridangam and Base Guitar
With 8-10 senior professional dancers from Jayanthi Raman Dance Company led by Jayanthi Raman
Dance of the Hummingbirds is a musical dance project based on the seed concept of Portland choreographer Jayanthi Raman. The production reflects an artists's struggles and challenges faced in life and how one draws upon inner strength to overcome them. The production is a confluence of dance, music, images and literature.
The production features newly commissioned poetry of 2010 Oregon poet laureate Paulann Peterson, new music score by musicians; images of traditional Indian painting; choreographed by Jayanthi Raman with team of live orchestra of musicians and local Indian dancers. This project uses English poetry instead of Sanskrit chants, medley of musical instruments and musical styles, creative artwork as visual embellishment and Indian folk and classical dance genres to showcase the choreography as a contemporary multi-disciplined artistic conversation.
The project builds upon the central concept of every artist’s experiences of struggling with challenges in a new world and creating opportunities for themselves and those around them. The project brings together the arts in one cohesive performance, addressing the complexities of a global artistic environment, presenting a contemporary dialogue of poetry, images, music, and dance. The production is a true depiction of creative collaboration bringing performing, literary and fine artists together on same platform.
Live orchestra of exceptional musicians, poetry read by Paulann Peterson, visual artist Shashank Rao and a team of professional 8-10 dancers lead by danseuse Jayanthi Raman
Tickets on sale now.
$32, $26 & $22 (venue service charges extra)
Early bird special: $5 discount until Sept 7th 2017. Get your tickets today for best seats in the house.

Funded in part by grant from James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation. Thank you!

Dance Ballet of India
4pm Sun 19th March 2017   Note date change to:  4 pm. Sat., April 1, 2017
 at Newmark Theater, Portland’5 Centers for the Arts 


More details and tickets click here
A magnum opus production featuring an international cast of over 12 professional dancers from Delhi, Chennai- India and the US.
With multi-genre dances: Bharatha Nataym Chhau and Modern dances with stunning costuming and lighting
Featuring the voice of melody king and illustrious Bollywood singer: Hariharan

Novel concept, theatrical elements - a reflection of our immigrant lives.... 
Watch video of dancers:


Tickets on sale now. $25-50 inclusive of all service charges. $5 discount for children 10 and under, students and seniors.
Avail 15% off early bird special until Feb 28th.
Concept, Choreography, Lead performer & Artistic Director: Jayanthi Raman
Original Music Score: Mandolin U Rajesh
Featured musicians: Bollywood legend singer Hariharan, percussion maestros Selvaganesh & Ghatam SV Ramani,
Voice of Binny Krishnakumar (of Ra Ra Chandramukhi movie fame) and many more exceptional musicians.
Original story: Portland author: Lalitha Ram with Script adaptation by Jayanthi Raman
This concert is supported in part by Creative Heights grant from the Oregon Community Foundation
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