Premiered September 22, 2001

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California State University, Northridge, Ca

Choreography – Malathi Iyengar (Bharata Natyam), K. Murali Mohan (Kathak)
Dancers – Malathi Iyengar, Lakshmi Iyengar, K. Murali Mohan, Neewin Hershall, & T. B. Unnikrishnan
Musicians – Mysore Srinath – vocal, Gurumuthy – Mridangam & Tabla, Mysore Chandan Kumar – Flute, & Krishna Kutty – Violin.
Set Design – Suresh Iyengar
‘Love Lyrics’, an evening of ‘Bharata Natyam’ & ‘Kathak’ (classical music and dance of south and north India) celebrating ‘Love’, the supreme human emotion features musicians and dancers from India and United States. ‘Love Lyrics’ features ‘Vatsalya’ (the unconditional love for a child), ‘Sringara’, & ‘Bhakti’ (the eternal search and love for the divine by the human soul. The performance featured two main works: Sarasijanabha Varnam (traditional) and Dwadasha Stotra, new choreographic work by Malathi Iyengar. Dwadasha Stotra is a literary text written by Aananda Tirtha extolling Vishnu’s ten incarnations.

Other ‘Love Lyrics’ performances
August 14, 2008, Levitt Pavilion, McArthur Park, Los Angeles, California
Ranjith Babu, Neewin Hershall, Murali Mohan, Ronald Burton, navia Natarajan, Musicians from India, and Rangoli Dancers including Sheila Aula, Shivani Aysola, Vyshnavi Aysola, Anjali Gopalan, Lakshmi Iyengar, Sumathi Nanguneri, Shaheen Sheik, & Soumya Sundaresh.
August 3, 2008, Hindu Temple Society of Southern California., Calabasas, California
Ranjith Babu, Neewin Hershall, Murali Mohan K., Musicians from India and Rangoli Dancers including Sheila Aula, Shivani Aysola, Vyshnavi Aysola, Anjali Gopalan, Lakshmi Iyengar, Hema Iyer, Shilpa Mantri, Karisma Nagarkatti, Sumathi Nanguneri, & Soumya Sundaresh.
July 26, 2008, Zalk Theatre, Ojai, California
Presented by Beatrice Wood Center & Happy Vally Foundation.
Cast: Ranjith Babu, Neewin Hershall, Musicians from India, & Rangoli Dancers including Sheila Aula, Shivani Aysola, Vyshnavi Aysola, Anjali Gopalan, Lakshmi Iyengar, Hema Iyer, Karisma Nagarkatti, & Soumya Sundaresh.
July 23, 2005, Hindu Temple Society of southern California, Calabasas, Ca
‘Love Lyrics’ performed under the title ‘Dwadasha Stotra’
Musicians: Malathi Iyengar (Dance Conductor), S. R. Veeraraghavan (Vocal), G. Gururmurthy (Mridangam), A. P. Sarvotham (Flute), Jyotiprakash (Tabla)
Dancers from India: Ranjith Babu, Neewin hershall, & Murali Mohan K.
Rangoli Dancers: Shivani Aysola, Lakshmi Iyengar, Hema Iyer, & Aarti Rao
July 30, 2004, Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena, California
Musicians – Malathi Iyengar – Nattuvangam (Dance Conductor) , Balasubramanyam Sharma (India) – Vocal Gurumurthy (India) – Mridangam, A. P. Sarvotham (India) – Flute & Shankar S. – Violin
Rangoli Dance Company – Malathi Iyengar, Lakshmi Iyengar, Hema Iyer, Mary Khetani, Shyamala Moorty, Shaheen Sheik, & Soumya Sundaresh
Artists from India – Ranjith Babu, Praveen Kumar, K. Murali Mohan, & Sudarsan Sibi

July 24, 2004, Ford Amphitheatre, Hollywood, California
‘Love Lyrics’ performed under the title ‘Dashavatara’
Musicians – Malathi Iyengar – Nattuvangam (Dance Conductor) , Balasubramanyam Sharma (India) – Vocal Gurumurthy (India) – Mridangam, A. P. Sarvotham (India) – Flute & Shankar S. – Violin
Rangoli Dance Company – Malathi Iyengar, Lakshmi Iyengar, Hema Iyer, Mary Khetani, Shyamala Moorty, Shaheen Sheik, & Soumya Sundaresh
Artists from India – Ranjith Babu, Praveen Kumar, K. Murali Mohan, & Sudarsan Sibi
December 23, 2003, Hamsadhwani Festival, Chennai, India
‘Love Lyrics’ performed under the title ‘Dwadasha Stotra’
Musicians – Malathi Iyengar (Conductor), Latha Ramchand (Vocal, Ganesh Desai (Vocal), Gurumurthy – Mridangam, Praveen Rao (Tabla), A. chandan Kumar (Flute), Kalaiarasan (Violin)
Dancers – Renjith Babu, Jayanthi Eashwar, Neewin Hershall, Lakshmi Iyengar, K. Murali Mohan, Kirti Ramgopal, Shaheen Sheik, & T. B. Unnikrishnan

September 13, 2002, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, California
‘Love Lyrics’ perofrmed under the title ‘Legends of Heroism’
September 6, 2002, Moravian College, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
‘Love Lyrics’ performed under the title ‘Legends of Heroism’
August 30, 2002, Scripps Ranch High School Auditorium, San Diego, California
‘Love lyrics’ performed under the title ‘Krishna Leela’
December 24, 2001, ADA Rangamandira, Bangalore, India. Narthana Keerthana Festival
Choreography – Malathi Iyengar (Bharata Natyam), K. Murali Mohan (Kathak)
Dancers – Malathi Iyengar, Lakshmi Iyengar, K. Murali Mohan, Neewin Hershall, & T. B. Unnikrishnan
Musicians – Mysore Srinath – Vocal, Gurumuthy – Mridangam, Praveen Rao – Tabla, Violin. Mahesh – Flute, Kalaiarasan – Violin
September 7, 2001, California Plaza Presents, Grand Performances, Los Angeles, California
‘Love Lyrics’ presented under the title ‘Dance of India’

August 27, 2001, Madrid Theatre, Canoga Park, California
Monday Morning Concerts for Children & Families
‘Love Lyrics’ presented under the title ‘Dances of India’