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A Special Dance Performance of DANCING FOR GOD Kicks off 20th Anniversary Celebration of the Association of Performing Arts of India

March 10, 2018

The program features 7 beautiful devadasis (servant of God) ritual dances in full colorful Indian costume. Originally devadasis were temple maidens, dedicated for life, to the deity of a temple, practicing classical Indian artistic traditions and rituals. They enjoyed a high social status as dance and music were essential to temple worship. Today, the dances are performed for the public, outside the temple context, so it is a privilege to see them in person.

March 10, 2018
3:00pm to 5:30pm

Broward County Main Library Auditorium
100 S. Andrews Ave.,
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301

Tickets: $25 General Admission, $35 VIP, $15 Students (with current ID at the door)
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APAI's anniversary celebration continues with a concert on April 7 featuring Tabla, Voice, Sarangi, and Percussion; and with a movie, The Music Room, at Savor Cinema, on August 25.

Celebrating 20th Anniversary

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Dear Bharti,

I was thinking of you this week because a theater in town is presenting an evening of dance from India.  Had it not been for you, this is an art form that I would never have paid attention to or given particular notice.  Now, when I see it in the paper, it immediately grabs my attention.

Mark Nerenhausen
CEO of Hennepin Theatre Trust

Dear Bharti,

Congratulations on 20 years. Wow - what a great accomplishment! You are a one-woman dynamo.

Jaye Abbate | President/CEO
ArtServe, Inc.


Bharti Chokshi of is receiving Diversity and Inclusion award of $1000 from Honorary Ken Detzner : Secretary of State of Florida on February 2, 2016

Diversity and Inclusion award receiving from Secretary of State Honorary Kenneth W. Detzner


Thanks to Broward County Cultural Division for assigning Mr. David Schwartz to write Inspiring story on Association of Performing Arts of India


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