Watching this 10-minute documentary by Los Angeles filmmaker Geeta Malik about our favorite Indian dance troupe, Mudra Dance Studio, reminds me how talented and dedicated the group is, and how thrilling it is to attend their every-other-year spectacular performances.
Since they performed â€œILLhaamâ€¦ Cyclesâ€¦ ILLuminationâ€ last year, we’ll have to wait until 2012 for the next big show. But this weekend we have the opportunity to check in and see an equally thrilling, if less produced, performance, “Utsav IV,” an annual recital of the students of all ages in the troupe, starting as young as 2 years old.
The show will be held at the Lakewood Cultural Center off Alameda and Wadsworth, 470 S. Allison Parkway at noon and again at 4 pm on Sunday, May 22. You can buy tickets for $15 online or at the door.
Big news for Asian Americans (and for the South Asian community): Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the affable and seemingly tireless chief medical correspondent for CNN (and a practicing neurosurgeon), is President-elect Barack Obama’s choice to serve as Surgeon General of the United States.
Gupta has told administration officials that he wants the job, and the final vetting process is under way. He has asked for a few days to figure out the financial and logistical details of moving his family from Atlanta to Washington but is expected to accept the offer.
It’ll be great to have another Asian American high up in the Obama administration, and the pres is smart to hook Gupta, because he’s so well-known and well-liked, not to mention trusted, by the general public.
But it’ll be a loss for journalism, and one less prominent Asian American journalist in the national media. Continue reading →