rathna.founderAt the Anjali Center for Performing Arts (a Texas organization dedicated to promoting and preserving Indian performing arts), now in its 36th year of operation, the legendary tradition of Indian Classical Dance is safely preserved. Since its inception in 1975, Anjali, Texas’ first and premier Indian dance academy, has blossomed into a renowned institution, under the direction of its Founder, internationally reputed danseuse Dr. Rathna Kumar. The phenomenal strides achieved in these past twenty-nine years mark the institution as a microcosm of joy, energy, awareness, sense of accomplishment and integrity.

Today, on the threshold of a new phase in its growth, Anjali is being designed as not merely a dance school, but an institute that imparts a comprehensive arts education. Plans are under way to include classes in Music, Yoga, Visual Art, Drama, and Art Appreciation. The new Anjali Center will have a library well equipped with books, audio/videocassettes and DVDs pertaining to Indian performing arts, an on-site boutique with all dance accessories, and a performance space for chamber concerts. Art, it is said, builds bridges. It is our dream and vision to make Anjali one of the strongest cultural conduits in the country, by harmoniously melding the best of the East and the best of the West.

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