Indian themed dance performance on civil rights movement

L to R: Chaitanya Gotur, Manisha Roy, Hemavathy Arumugam, Rekha Nagarajan, Vaishali Ramachandran.

India Post News Service

SAN JOSE: Abhinaya Dance Company of San Jose, the Bay Area’s premier South Indian classical dance company, will I Have A Dream: Stories of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr., portrayed in Indian classical dance at Oakland Asian Cultural Center, 388 9th St. Suite 290, in Oakland on April 27.

Rasika Kumar as Rosa Parks

I Have A Dream: Stories of Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr. is a restaging of excerpts from Abhinaya’s performance Stories of Justice, presented last November in San Jose, and features an opening number titled Gandhi’s Inspiration, according to statement issued by the academy

Directed by Artistic Director Mythili Kumar, the performance depicts the non-violent resistance strategies of Martin Luther King, Jr. and seeks to demonstrate that the fight for social justice is ongoing and that past struggles provide lessons that enable us to confront our current problems. Abhinaya dancers will dramatically portray key protests in King’s life, where he emphasized the principle of non-violence deriving inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi’s resistance movement against the British in India. Acclaimed choreographer and dancer Rasika Kumar, who is also the daughter of Mythili Kumar, will be presenting her solo on the Life of Rosa Parks.

Abhinaya will tell these stories by employing the stylistic vocabulary of Bharatanatyam, a dance form that originated in the Hindu temples of India over 2,000 years ago.
The performance will start from 4 p.m. on April 27 and tickets priced $15 and $30 will be available at