Nava Dance Theatre Awarded Arts Council Funding

Nava Dance Theatre is awarded California Arts Council: Local Impact Grant for "Drive East: Locally Sourced" a series which reflects the traditional art forms of the Indian community in the Bay Area and feature California-based artists. By occupying the art space in San Francisco, this programming gives voice to the historically marginalized communities of Indian Americans and validates the presence of the growing population of Indians/Indian Americans in the Bay Area.

Drive East: Locally Sourced awards 4 California based artists commissioning fees and production support to premiere new pieces during their concerts at Drive East at Z Below.

Drive East is a classical Indian dance and music festival produced by Navatman, Inc. based in NYC. www.driveeast.org

Review of "Unfiltered" - Bharatanatyam Inspired by the Me Too Movement

Review of "Unfiltered" - Bharatanatyam Inspired by the Me Too Movement

All the interaction is portrayed by facial expressions and gestures. Kumar’s many faces are absolutely priceless as she tries to maintain a sense of humor and inner calm while her situation deteriorates. Sambamoorthi imbues every aspect of her role – her arm movements, her determined attempts to get her point across, and her thousand-yard stare – with a simmering intensity. Thekkek endows her character with unexpected poise throughout an understatedly harrowing solo.

Thekkek Awarded CHIME Fellowship

Thekkek Awarded CHIME Fellowship

Founded by Margaret Jenkins and administered by the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange (CHIME) is a mentorship program for professional choreographers. Participants receive significant support over one year to establish and explore a working relationship that includes, but is not limited to, work in the studio.

Founder Margaret Jenkins is serving as the CHIME mentor, working with three local choreographers over the course of the year.  

Awardees include randy e. reyes, Jesse Bie, and Nadhi Thekkek

American Bazaar: Nadhi Thekkek on Bharatanatyam in the American Landscape

American Bazaar: Nadhi Thekkek on Bharatanatyam in the American Landscape

For as long as she remembers, Nadhi Thekkek has been dancing and performing. An accomplished Bharatanatyam dancer, Thekkek is the artistic director of San Francisco-based Nava Dance Theatre. She uses the classical South Indian dance form as a mode of expression as well as a respite from the troubles around the world.

In a wide-ranging interview with the American Bazaar, Thekkek speaks about her dance career, Bharatanatyam and its relevance in America today.

SF GATE: ‘Broken Seeds (Still Grow)’ from Nava Dance Theatre

SF GATE: ‘Broken Seeds (Still Grow)’ from Nava Dance Theatre

“Broken Seeds (Still Grow)” harnesses the storytelling powers of the classical Indian arts of Bharatanatyam dance, miniature painting and calligraphy to examine the 1947 British partition of India. Nava Dance Theatre, under the direction of choreographer Nadhi Thekkek, joins visual artist Rupy C. Tut for the mixed-media show premiering Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Flight Deck in Oakland.

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE: Unmuting history: in art, the long-hushed saga of the British India partition

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE: Unmuting history: in art, the long-hushed saga of the British India partition

Over the years, Rupy C. Tut gradually pieced together details of her grandparents’ past lives. The older the Oakland painter got, the more she asked them — of their home in what was then British India, and of what would come to drag them from it.

SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE: An Artistic Collaboration Uncovers the Violent Roots of Modern India and Pakistan in Broken Seeds (Still Grow)

SAN FRANCISCO CLASSICAL VOICE: An Artistic Collaboration Uncovers the Violent Roots of Modern India and Pakistan in Broken Seeds (Still Grow)

Split with a hammer or sharp blade the exterior of a tiny seed, the earliest origins of life are on view. A microscope allows deeper inspection of individual membranes and cells. Even so, there is mystery in the plant that grows when a seed is pushed into soil. There is magic in the flowers, fruits, and other offspring produced. Given soil, water, and sunlight, even a broken seed grows.

DANCERS GROUP: "SPEAK: Time Two"

DANCERS GROUP: "SPEAK: Time Two"

Editor’s Note: 70 years ago, the 1947 Partition of British India resulted in the formation of present day India and Pakistan, causing one of the largest displacements in recent South Asian history. Almost 15 million individuals were displaced and more than one million lost their lives coping with the tragic communal violence that occurred in the months before and during August, 1947.