Cultural music, traditional dance abound at Belmont Pan-Asian Coalition Dance Fest

Cultural music, traditional dance abound at Belmont Pan-Asian Coalition Dance Fest

Cultural music, traditional dance abound at Belmont Pan-Asian Coalition Dance Fest

Sun-blasted crowds flanking the main stage on Leonard Street enjoyed colorful Indian dances and classical music at the first ever Belmont Pan-Asian Coalition Dance Fest at Town Day May 21.

The String Beans ensemble started off the festivities, with Daphne Lee (violin), Joshua Lee (cello), Jack Stevens (viola) and Sarah Xu (keyboard) playing renditions of a Taiwanese folk song, the theme song from “Curse of the Golden Flower” and “Let it Go” from “Frozen.”

Dancers display traditional movements at the first ever Belmont Pan-Asian Coalition Dance Fest at Town Day May 21.

The first dance, organized by Sripriya Narasimhan, featured pink-and-gold clad students of the Samskriti Dance School performing in the Bharatanatyam style of Indian classical dance. Sumedha Giridharan, Samyukta Rajaram, Sharmada Rajaram, Sara Raturi, Meenakshi Senthil and Aradhya Siva used detailed facial and hand gestures and bent knee movements. Prevalent across South India, Bharatanatyam is the oldest style of classical Indian dance, with origins in Tamil Nadu.

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