Yashoda Thakore

Dr. Yashoda Thakore: Courtesan Dance from South India

Saturday, October 12, 2019 at 4:00pm
Crowell Concert Hall

$28 general public; $26 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, non-Wesleyan students; $6 Wesleyan students, youth under 18



“Yashoda Thakore has taken it upon herself to take courtesan dance to the masses.”
The Hindu (India)

Dr. Yashoda Thakore balances the practice of the art of dance with research in her Connecticut debut during the Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan. She has emerged as an artist widely regarded for innovative classicism, enthralling audiences around the world—from England and Greece to Dubai and Bangladesh—with her flawless artistry. She has also conducted lectures in Russia and France.

The performance will be followed by a discussion with Yashoda Thakore moderated by Wesleyan’s Associate Professor of Dance and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Hari Krishnan.

And after the discussion, there will be a Bhojanam (Feast) at 6pm in Fayerweather Beckham Hall, located at 55 Wyllys Avenue, across the street from Crowell Concert Hall on the Wesleyan campus in Middletown.

This event is part of the 43rd annual Navaratri Festival at Wesleyan.

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Navaratri Festival Subscriptions include all three ticketed performances and will be available for $50 for the general public, senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni, and non-Wesleyan students. The Wesleyan University Box Office opens for walk-up and phone sales at 860-685-3355 on Monday, August 26, 2019. Offer ends Friday, October 11, 2019.

Support the Navaratri Festival
This year we ask you to consider a donation to honor the legacy of this longstanding tradition and to ensure that the Navaratri Festival continues for future generations. The India Arts Foundation (IAF), founded by Madhu Reddy and other artists, has been a long-standing supporter of the Navaratri Festival as well as other arts initiatives in Connecticut. IAF’s mission is to nurture, promote, and celebrate the vibrant traditions of India in America, by supporting and bringing the work of teachers, students, and practitioners, scholars, and arts organizations to wider audiences.

This year, we are asking the community to make a donation to Wesleyan University in support of the festival. IAF will generously match community donations up to $50,000 total. All donations are tax deductible and will support the festival to ensure its continuation. Donors are invited to a post-show reception in World Music Hall at Wesleyan with Amjad Ali Khan on Sunday, October 13.

If you would like to make a donation, checks should be made out to Wesleyan University, with a note that your gift is to support the Navaratri Festival:

Office of Advancement
Wesleyan University
291 Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457

Or you can donate online here.

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