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Dakshina: Festival Of Indian Arts

14th annual event with a focus on pioneering women choreographers of India

Dakshina Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company Fall Festival of South Asian Arts Sanctuary — Photo: Mallika Sarabhai

Daniel Phoenix Singh’s dance company presents its 14th annual event with a focus on pioneering women choreographers of India. Starting with free community performances of classical Indian dance styles at 6 p.m., each evening features a different company performing at 7:30 p.m.

Mallika Sarabhai and her company Darpana present a topical, progressive-minded “Classic to Contemporary” program on Thursday, Oct. 12.

Dakshina Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company Fall Festival of South Asian Arts Sanctuary — Photo: Rama Vaidyanathan

Bharata Natyam soloist Rama Vaidyanathan offers an evening of dance, music and poetry based on the lives of mystic poets Janabai and Lal Ded on Friday, Oct. 13.

Leela Samson and her company Spanda close out the festival with the nuanced and poignant dance production Nadi, examining the mythology and symbolism of the river in centuries of Indian poets, on Saturday, Oct. 14.

Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St. NE. Tickets are $27.50 to $60 each performance. Call 202-399-7993 or visit atlasarts.org.

Dakshina Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company Fall Festival of South Asian Arts Sanctuary — Photo: Rama Vaidyanathan

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Doug Rule covers the arts, theater, music, food, nightlife and culture as contributing editor for Metro Weekly.