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Benefit Concert for Japanese Tsunami Recovery: "The Heart Sutra"

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 Berkeley Piano Club 2724 Haste St. Berkeley, CA 94704  See map

Friends of Asako Takami Presents 
Benefit Concert for Japanese Tsunami Recovery: "The Heart Sutra" -- An Afternoon of Indian Classical Music and Dance
Come
and experience a truly spiritual performance by renowned Japanese dance
group Muyuju in their first-ever United States appearance.

Time & Venue 2 pmSaturday, 7/13/13 
San Mateo Buddhist Temple South Claremont St. San Mateo, CA 94401 

2 pm, Sunday, 7/14/13 
Berkeley Piano Club 2724 Haste St. Berkeley, CA 94704 

Tickets in advance: General $20, Students (Age 5-18) $10 Tickets at door: General $22, Students $12 
information: http://friendsofasako.jimdo.com 
   friendsofasako@gmail.com

A Spiritual Journey with Odissi Dance Group, Muyuju from Japan


Odissi
dancers Mayumi Fukushima and Hitomi Kiriyama teamed up with musicians
Go Arai (violin and sitar) and Shiori Ishida (tabla) to form "Muyuju"
with a vision to share their innovative, new dance form with audiences
everywhere. 

Mayumi
trained extensively with Kazuo Ohno, the acclaimed Japanese Butoh
dancer and widely considered to be the "soul of Butoh". She was also a
student of the legendary Odissi master late Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra
and the renowned Japanese Odissi dancer the late Asako Takami. Mayumi
created the unique dance style in 2008 when a hip joint problem made it
difficult for her to walk. In their repertoire, the artists usually sit
on chairs and perform their own dance choreography as well as
traditional Odissi dance items. They also sing the "Heart Sutra", the
ancient Buddhist prayers in Sanskrit. This new and beautiful dance in
prayer form highlights the subtleties of the dance, allowing the
audience to understand more clearly. The dance has allowed Mayumi to
continue her devotion to Odissi.

"Muyuju" means Ashoka trees, the flowers of which are thought to remove people's sorrow.  

Kalapi
Roy-Neogi will join Muyuju as the guest local vocalists. Local
Bharatanatyam and Odissi dancers, and musicians will accompany Muyuju
dancers in this performance.All
proceeds from this concert are going directly to the Shinryuin Soto Zen
Temple in Miyagi, Japan and will be used in its ongoing efforts to help
communities recover from the 2011 tsunami in Japan.

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