Indian dance premiere set at Dearborn’s Ford Center

Photo by Ravin Bhandari

Photo by Ravin Bhandari

The Indian dance company Nadanta will present “The Rhythms of India” Saturday at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center. Pictured are: Priya Joshi (front row left), Rachna Chhaya, Priya Badhwar, Nikeeta Kanagaraj (back row left), Anjali Patel, Nirmal Pathak, Poonam Desai and Pooja Patel.

The world premiere of “Rhythms of India,” featuring music by A.R. Rahman and choreography by Chaula Thacker, will be performed by the Nadanta Indian dance company at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center.

The performance, with dazzling costumes and sets, is designed to take the audience on a journey of discovery from India’s heritage of classical music and dance to the leading edge of contemporary Indian ar-tistic expression.

Rahman, a composer, musician and singer known as the “Mozart of Madras,” won two Oscars, two Grammys and a Globe Award for the movie “Slum Dog Millionaire.” His scheduled concert in June at the Pontiac Silverdome was cancelled when elaborate sets for the performance were destroyed in an infra-structure accident. The concert is being rescheduled.

Thacker, founder and artistic director of Nadanta, has won more than 100 awards for choreography and costume design. She has taught at colleges through-out Michigan, and her dances have been featured on television in the United States and India.

Among Thacker’s many metro Detroit students dancing or otherwise involved in the “Rhythms of In-dia” are former Riverview resident Priya Badhwar, Anjali Garg of Wyandotte and Bhavna Gupta of Grosse Ile.

Tickets ($20, $30 and $50) are available by call-ing (248) 705-8224 or e-mailing

The Ford Center is at 15801 Michigan Ave., Dearborn.

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