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CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
International Programs
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-2026
e-mail: lois-gray@uiowa.edu

Release: Immediate

Indian dance troupe brings act to UI

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- An evening of classical Indian dances and music will be presented Saturday, Sept. 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. at MacBride Auditorium, sponsored by University of Iowa International Programs.

Noopoor Dance Troupe will perform "Katha," a depiction of stories from the two immortal epics Ramayana and Mahabharata, with music by Anil Datar and Archita Roy.

Noopoor Dance Troupe is a voluntary Iowa City/Cedar Rapids-based organization that was established in 1992 to facilitate cultural exchanges among Americans and Indians. The members, with ages ranging from six to 35, are predominantly American-born Indians and others from Iowa and Illinois. The troupe performs classical Indian dances, songs and music, and also the folk dances of India. They have performed throughout Illinois and Eastern Iowa, including at the UI International Program's Cultural Diversity Day, and at the India Student Association's Festival of Lights.

A solo Tabla performance by Anil Datar, "Rhythms of India," will also be featured during the program.

The performances are free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted to cover general program expenses. Any remaining donations will be sent to Mother Theresa's Sisterhood.

UI International Programs consist of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

For more information on the performance, call (319) 335-0345.

9/24/97