Varsha: Sacred Waters

When: Sun., Oct. 3, 5-8 p.m. 2010

A sacred dance offering for the well-being of the oceans, Jyoti Kala MandirÕs Varsha: Sacred Waters couldnÕt be more timely. Originally from Orissa, India, internationally known performer and choreographer Guru Jyoti Rout leads her Berkeley company in depicting the destiny of a raindrop as it travels from cloud to earth, bringing life to the land after a parched summer. Created in the classical Indian Odissi tradition, Varsha features the styleÕs vibrant costumes and elaborate jewelry, and includes a solo abhinaya ñ a story told through traditional mudra hand gestures, movement, and facial gestures ñ by Rout herself as well as a full Odissi repertoire performed by Keshini Desai, Gayatri Joshi, and the ensemble artists of Jyoti Kala Mandir. Varsha will be performed one time only at Julia Morgan Center for the Arts (2640 College Ave., Berkeley) on Sunday, Oct. 3. 5 p.m., $12-$18. 510-326-6500 or

Claudia Bauer

Price: $12-$18

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