From Classical Indian Literature to Live Performance
Lavanyaa Surendar grew up in a family of artists who performed Indian classical music and dance. She learned how to tell ancient stories and show emotions through those traditions. She now continues the legacy by sharing her knowledge with others.
Lavanyaa says music and dance are inseparable for her. Practicing both makes her a better communicator. How do music and dance fit together in your life?
Lavanyaa’s musical style is called Carnatic music, which is originally from Southern India. It tells ancient stories from Indian mythology. What other songs have you heard that have a long history, or retell important stories?
From a young age, Lavanyaa started learning Indian classical dance and music. She continues to study both. What activities or interests have you held onto for a long time?
“Bhaja Vishwanatham” – This song is a bhajan; a devotional song with a spiritual theme. A ‘bhajan’’ is usually performed by a group, with one or more lead singers, accompanied by music, and sometimes dancing.
“I think music is a companion to many of us across the globe, and everyone can relate to music. We listen to music when we are happy. We listen to music when we are sad. Music is used to enhance what we are trying to communicate.”
— Lavanyaa Surendar
Vicki Way Kipp
Norman Yuson Cuaño
Graphic and Motion Design
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Beatriz E. Aguilar
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Lawrence University and Edison Elementary School
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