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Happy Valley Indian Performing Arts Festival to take place April 5 and 7

Two evenings of performances will highlight the traditional performing arts of India

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Society for Indian Music and Arts (SIMA), and Nritya, Penn State student organizations, will present the fifth annual Happy Valley Indian Performing Arts Festival, Friday, April 5, and Sunday, April 7.

This celebration of traditional Indian performing arts will showcase various styles originating from different regions in India. Each evening will feature one unique style of classical music and classical dance, presented in its time-honored form.

Scheduled performances include:

April 5, beginning at 7:30 p.m., The State Theatre, 130 W. College Avenue, State College

  • Carnatic Violin Duet, featuring VV Subrahmanyam and VVS Murari
  • Sattriya Dance Duet, featuring Sattriya Dance Company

April 7, beginning at 5:30 p.m., Flex Theater, HUB-Robeson Center, University Park

  • Hindustani Vocal Recital, featuring Sandipan Samajpati
  • Bharatanatyam Recital, featuring Joyce Paul and Arpan Arts

Tickets are $4 for Penn State students and $4.99 for the public, per day. Tickets for Friday can be purchased here. For advance purchase of tickets for Sunday, email or; text message at 484-725-3868; or visit the event page on Facebook.

About SIMA and Nritya

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SIMA and Nritya are student organizations at Penn State dedicated to preserving, nurturing and propagating the traditional performing arts of India, through symbiotic interactions between the Penn State community and committed teachers and practitioners of the arts. The groups work towards their goals of growing awareness and facilitating discussion and understanding of these arts, through concerts, research projects, workshops and regular practice sessions, by internationally acclaimed scholars and performers and dedicated member practitioners.

Last Updated April 08, 2019