On March 12, 2016, Laasya, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious intercollegiate Indian classical dance competition will take place for the very first time in California, at the El Cerrito Performing Arts Theater in the Bay Area. Founded by Boston University and MIT in 2010, Laasya has traveled far and wide, being hosted by various universities throughout the country. This year, Natya at Berkeley (UC Berkeley’s Bharatanatyam team) has the honor, after placing among the top three at Laasya 2015, to host the competition. Ten collegiate classical teams, from universities such as Georgia Tech, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Maryland, and more, will visit the Bay Area to perform unique pieces they have choreographed and perfected all year, and compete for the championship title at Laasya 2016.
Laasya is a unique platform for young Indian classical dancers to express their creativity while celebrating their culture and cultivating their talent. Each team explores and portrays a wide range of subjects through their performance piece, whether it is the retelling of Indian tales, highlighting societal issues, etc. Pieces are usually a confluence of various Indian classical styles, such as Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathak, and Odissi.
Laasya is open to anyone who is interested in the classical arts. Tickets to view the performance for the general public are priced at $18, and can be purchased at bit.ly/laasyatickets. Visit desidancenetwork.org/laasya for more info.