Aaja - Kavita Rao

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Aaja (Project):

Aaja is a creation from Director, Kavita Rao, that flawlessly combines Bollywood, cirque, and contemporary styles into an intriguing and beautifully told story. The show follows a young woman in a surreal dream-like Bollywood world. Drawing upon the mythical tales of ancient India, she encounters various characters such as aerial goddesses’, stilt walkers, enchanting fire-eaters, mysterious ballerinas and an enigmatic enchantress who change her world for good.

Aaja was made to be a full-length live entertainment show for a large-scale production, but can also be performed as vignettes. The company hopes to gain interest and work with existing cirque or live theater shows to continue growth in the theatrel and commercial world.

Professional dancers, singers, musicians, acrobats & aerialists will perform a plethora of acts set to original and popular East Indian beats. Expect and enthralling production filled with flying aerialists, sensual dancers, rhythmic acrobats, and impressive contortion.

The music of Aaja is produced by two production teams, Aravind Reddy and BhaVa.

Aravind has been producing music for artists around the world in various genres such as Pop, EDM, Hip Hop, RnB, and Indie. Aravind developed his music production skills by utilizing the techniques from his training in Indian classical music and Western classical music. The combination of both eastern and western styles create a fresh sonic universe for Aaja.

BhaVa is centered around sibling duo Varshini and Basanth Muralikrishnan. Their approach to music is what they term “Primordial Sounds.” They believe “Primordial Sounds” is a focal point of the various forms of music and styles, the root of which has always been in existence. The sibling duo have performed at several prestigious venues including The United Nations Headquarters, The Sydney Opera House, The Hollywood Bowl, The Walt Disney Concert hall, and Carnegie Hall, to name a few.

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Kavita Rao (Artist):

Karmagraphy’s director/ owner, Kavita Rao produces distinctive contemporary dance styles. Internationally and regionally renowned for her choreography and teaching abilities, she conjures out of her world travels characteristics of eastern and western dance. Signed with one of LA's top dance agencies, MSA, Rao has been featured in numerous lives shows, music videos, films, commercials and television shows. Her work can recently be seen in episodes of "Angie Tribeca" on TBS, Youtube Red’s “Buddy System”. Rao is a current faculty member of The Relativity School in LA and had the privilege of creating her own curriculum as being the first to teach her course. A 6 year faculty member of Dupree Dance Convention, Rao was the first master instructor to bring Bollywood dance to the national convention circuit. She has judged many national Bollywood competitions, including Just Dance (India’s SYTYCD), Jhoomti Sham and Bollywood America. She created artistic works in Guam, Israel, Los Angeles and across the US. Choreographing for multiple artists, Rao has a list of music videos to her credit. She is also the resident choreographer for the commercial production company Contagious and some studio residencies include Millennium Dance Complex, Dance Dimensions and International Dance Academy Hollywood — and master classes across the country. Along with teaching multiple dance styles, Rao uses her public relations and entrepreneurial background to teach a business for dancers class to help prepare young dancers for the industry.

As the Artistic Director of Karmagraphy, she recently choreographed and danced for clients such as IFFA (International Fashion Film Awards), International Indian Film Academy (IIFA), IFFLA (Indian Film Festival LA), Disney/Pixar, Dreamworks, Kaiser Permanente, Intuit, Gita Anjali Diamonds, GO Campaign, Pratham, INDUS, TIE (The Indus Entrepreneurs), South Asian Bar Association, Arpen Global Charities, and SDM Cancer Relief Fund, Chopra Foundation, Red Roof Inn, Morongo Casino. Co-creator of Bollywood Rise, a full-length dance spectacular featuring interdisciplinary performance arts and high scale production, Rao pushes the envelope when creating live stage shows. Bollywood Rise has been picked up by About Entertainment and is looking forward to a busy touring season. Rao also obtained rave reviews for her work in “Beyond,” a cabaret show that had a residency in Los Angeles." Her new works include “Incarnations of a Goddess”, which is the creation of a new genre - Bollywood cabaret and “Ajaa”, a Bollycirque experience.

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