History Museum Presents an Evening of Dance and Culture

By June 25, 2024Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (June 25, 2024) As part of its Third Thursday programs, Los Altos History Museum invites the community to experience the vibrant world of Bharatanatyam with “Harmony in Motion: The Vishwa Shanthi Dance Experience,” on July 18 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm.

This event features a live demonstration by students from the Vishwa Shanthi Academy, who will perform the intricate and expressive Indian classical dance form, Bharatanatyam, wearing traditional costumes. Shreelata Suresh, the Academy’s Artistic Director, will share the history and deeper meanings behind the dance, providing a window into a rich cultural tradition.

“For the past 25 years, the Vishwa Shanthi Dance Academy, meaning “Universal Peace,” has fostered peace and harmony through Bharatanatyam, nurturing aspiring dancers to master the ancient art form with grace, precision, and emotional depth,” said Shreelata Suresh. “Students not only excel technically but also learn to appreciate the spiritual and narrative elements of the dance, aiming to enlighten audiences with themes promoting joy and collective meditation on the beauty of dance and music.”

“The Vishwa Shanthi Dance Academy is a thriving community, and many might not realize the cultural richness it brings to our area,” Suresh added. “The students are local residents who balance their integration into this community while maintaining their cultural heritage.”

The Academy is among the artists featured in the Museum’s current exhibition, “Expressions: Multicultural Artists Showcase,” on display through September 15, 2024. “Dance is a powerful form of art,” Suresh said. “This performance will showcase the intricate artistry of the dance, from the elaborate costumes and evocative music to the precise and expressive movements.”

The Third Thursday programs offer a blend of education and community engagement, allowing visitors to learn and mingle over refreshments and wine. Admission is $15 per person and free for Museum members. Registration is required at losaltoshistory.org/harmony.

Los Altos History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the historic J. Gilbert Smith House, built in 1905 on 14+ acres of apricot orchards planted by Mr. Smith. In 2001, Los Altos History Museum opened the modern building next door, which houses the Museum’s collections, permanent and changing exhibits,

store and administrative offices. The Museum and its grounds are available for rent during evenings and weekends. Its collections are owned by the City of Los Altos and are managed by an independent nonprofit organization, whose staff and volunteers are responsible for all programs and operations.

The Museum is open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. Tours of the J. Gilbert Smith House are available during open hours. The outdoor agricultural exhibit, gardens and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, visit: losaltoshistory.org, email hello@losaltoshistory.org, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.

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Los Altos History Museum: Diane Holcomb, 650.948.9427 x14, dholcomb@losaltoshistory.org