Chicago IL: On Saturday, June 27, Aavegh Dance Troupe performed an encore presentation of its third production Tyaag, showcasing a series of unique and moving pieces taking audience members through the emotions involved with “letting go.” Described as “visceral,” “moving,” “honest,” and “transformative” by audience members, the production was showcased at College of Dupage’s McAninch Arts Center.
Dignitary attended this event was The Hon, Dr. Ausaf Sayeed (Consul General of India) and Mrs. Sayeed, The Hon. Faisal Niaz Tirmizi (Consul General of Pakistan) and Mrs. Tirmizi, The Hon. Marvin Brustin (Honorary Consul of Nepal) and Mrs. Brustin, The Hon. Maryam Ahmed (Judge Courts of the Cook County), Mrs. Chantimar and Dr. Sri-Arun (President Thai Association of Illinois), Mr. Sharda Thapa (Senior Nepali Community Activist), Beni Madhav Kandel, President (Chicagoland Nepali Friendship Society), Bickram Tharu (President. Chicagoland Tharu Society -Nepali), Suman Wosti (President, Non Resident Nepal Association USA, Illinois Chapter), Shrawan Shrestha (President Chicagoland Newa Dabu -Nepali), Bishnu Phuyal (President Nepali American Center), Bala Ghimire ( President, Education Foundation of Nepal), Ms. Dary Mein (President Cambodian Association of Chicago), Mr. O.P Meena (Consul Community Welfare, Information, Protocol, Culture) & HOC Indian Consulate.
Tyaag brought together the different dance styles of Indian classical, Indian folk, ballet, modern, and contemporary dance to depict different experiences of releasing the past and moving forward. The production explored a range of human experiences including saying goodbye to a loved one, letting go of a son as he goes to war, sending your son to his first day of school, and moving forward from debilitating cancer. Set to a powerful soundtrack, each piece’s message was enhanced with original poetry authored by Aavegh members.
As one audience member commented, “Each number was visceral in a way I have not experienced in a dance show in quite some time.”
Aavegh’s founder and director, Supna C. Jain, found inspiration for the production from the experiences of family and friends: “With so much hardship, suffering, and loss experienced daily, I was inspired by and wanted to focus on the strength of those around me to “let go”, stay positive, and move forward.”
Unique not only in its dance style and its efforts to provide young professionals an opportunity to pursue their creative interests, Aavegh also seeks to raise awareness and donations for nonprofits with a mission tied to each production’s theme. Since its inception, Aavegh has raised over $12,000 for organizations such as Apna Ghar, CARE, Women’s Heart Association, and Rainbows for All Children. For their June performance, Aavegh focused on raising funds for the recovery efforts in Nepal. For more information regarding the organization and its powerful work, visit www.aavegh.org or www.facebook.org/aavegh.
Source: Asian Media USA
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