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Posted on Thu, Nov 4, 2010 : 6:12 a.m.

Indian classical Odissi and Javanese dance performances Saturday at U of M

By Frances Kai-Hwa Wang

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Sreyashi Dey's Srishti Dances of India performs "Angika" this Saturday at U of M | photograph courtesy of Srishti Dances of India

This Saturday, Nov. 6, 8 p.m. at the University of Michigan Keene Theater, Ann Arbor-based Srishti Dances of India will be performing “Angika—A Unique Evening of Dance from Asia.”

They will present an Indian classical Odissi Dance Performance featuring Sreyashi Dey, Ishika and Kritika Rajan, Debnita Talapatra, and Ananya Kar, with theatrical narration by Martin Walsh of the University of Michigan Residential College, and scripted by poet Zilka Joseph.

There will also be a special guest performance of Javanese dance entitled “Sekar Sumawur,” by University of Michigan artist in residence and master dancer and choreographer F. X. Widaryanto. He will demonstrate several types of Javanese dance in both female and male styles. The choreography will show strong as well as refined characters.

Admission is free, but seating will be limited, so people are encouraged to come early. The performance will be at Keene Theater at the Residential College in East Quadrangle of the University of Michigan, 701 E. University, Ann Arbor, MI 48109.

Frances Kai-Hwa Wang is a second-generation Chinese American from California who now divides her time between Ann Arbor and the Big Island of Hawaii. She is editor of Asian American Village, lead multicultural contributor for, and a contributor for New America Media's Ethnoblog. She is a popular speaker on Asian Pacific American and multicultural issues. Check out her website at, her blog at, and she can be reached at