Shubanjali presents “Roopa Viroopa”, an Indian adaptation of the famous fairytale Beauty & the Beast

On Saturday, June 14, 2008, the Shubanjali School of Performing Arts will present its new theatrical dance production “Roopa Viroopa,” an Indian adaptation of Beauty & the Beast. The school’s artistic director and choreographer Suba Ramesh Parmar will lead over 70 of her students in an innovative and engaging performance composed of Indian classical and folk dance traditions.

The lead characters in “Roopa Viroopa” include Suba Ramesh Parmar, Monalisa Dhobley, Sharbari Bose, Aditi Khatri, Anuradha Renganathan, Chitra Ramaswamy, Ragaranjani Gunnia, Marichandra Ramaswamy, Sumana Ramkarishnan, Dhanya Chandramohan, Minal Patel, and Madhumita Parmar.

Sanjay and Shama, a husband and wife dance duo from Bangalore, India, created the music and concept. Funding for has been made possible in part by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural and Heritage Affairs.

The show will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Terrill Middle School Auditorium located at1301 Terrill Road, Scotch Plains, NJ, 07076. General admission for the performance is $10 per person. Donors ($100) and Sponsors ($100 for family of 4) are welcome. For more information, contact Shubanjali at (908) 490-0732 or e-mail subaparmar@yahoo.com.

Shubanjali, founded in 1992 by Bharatanatyam dancer Suba Ramesh Parmar, is a New Jersey based dance organization with exemplary performing and teaching standards.  The school is known for its excellent group and solo productions, and has consistently won recognition at premier tri-state events, such as the Outstanding Dance School Award at the annual Bridgewater Temple competition.  Parmar, an accomplished classical dancer, founded Shubanjali as an educational forum for Bharatanatyam students and as an open stage for enthused performers. Today, she continues to bring this ancient art form towards the forefront of America’s modern dance culture by encouraging her students to share their skills.  
  
Over the past 15 years, Parmar has taught in the guru-shishya parampara, India’s tradition of a mutually committed teacher-student relationship. Apart from molding individuals into able dancers, she also emphasizes cooperative learning skills through group choreography.  Shubanjali’s intensive curriculum develops both physical and mental poise, offering students an in-depth study of technique, culture and representation of Indian arts to a global audience. 

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