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A Celebration of India’s Maestros of Music and Dance

Held Annually At the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC

 “This three-day celebration at the Kennedy Center, was nonpareil. I hope others will follow [and] that word will spread widely.”

Alastair Macaulay, Dance Critic, The New York Times, 2014

“…bringing the richness and depth of Indian Classical Arts to a wider audience…

In our third year collectively over 100 artists will have performed from India on this stage.”

Dr. Sreedhar Potarazu, Entrepreneur, Doctor, Author, UTSAV Founder

“Music is a celebration of life. We are honored to be a part of Utsav. Congratulations to Dr. Sreedhar Potarazu, and to his to wife Jyotsna, and USIBC. I hope this continues and the people of Washington can continue to experience so many countries.”

Amjad Ali Khan, 2015 UTSAV Artist

“It was a great honor and privilege to perform, not only for the inaugural festival of the Music Academy in Washington but doubly so as it was at the iconic Kennedy Center. We all must persevere to put Indian dance where it truly belongs, at major International Festivals and main stream venues. I must thank the Music Academy and Dr. and Mrs. Potarazu to have begun this journey. A most wonderful and inspiring few days in the company of some of India’s greatest artists.”

Aditi Mangaldas, 2013 UTSAV Artist

“All the music, dance and poetry at Utsav seemed to say that with effort and commitment, we can build bonds, actualize the ideal in the here and now. After all, that is the ultimate aim, the true rasa, of India’s art.”

Gowri Ramnarayan, UTSAV 2015 Panel Moderator

“Utsav is a passionate effort by a bunch of energetic devoted and dedicated people to showcase our Indian Arts & Music in a prestigious venue as John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC. The best of our artistes perform at this exquisite venue every year making it into a microcosm of the Chennai December festival. Hats off to Dr Sreedhar Potarazu, Ms Jyotsna Potarazu and family for the meticulous planning, execution , hospitality, and the special care that they extend to Arts & Artistes.”

Lalgudi G J R Krishnan & Lalgudi Vijayalakshmi, 2013 UTSAV Artists

“Music and culture can bring people together like nothing else can.”

Robin Philips, 2015 UTSAV Master of Ceremonies

“It is an honor and a privilege to be here and awe inspiring to be preforming here in front of Amjad Ali Khan, Avasarala Kanyakumari and all of the artists here. Thank you from the depth of my heart Dr. Potarazu and USIBC. That thank you encompasses everything.”

Sudha Ragunathan, 2015 UTSAV Artist

“Performing at the Kennedy Center, a world renowned center for arts and music was an unforgettable experience. The festival was beautifully put together with attention to every little detail. Dr.Potarazu and Smt.Jyotsna Potarazu’s passion and love for Indian classical music and dance is tremendous, more laudable is their commitment to present it beautifully, to world class standards, to the American audience. We cherish this experience and enjoyed every moment of our concert as well as the other performances that were presented in Utsav 2013.”

Ranjani-Gayatri, 2013 UTSAV Artists

“It was an honor to be a part of Utsav in its launching year, alongside some of the most distinguished performers of India today. Partnering with the Kennedy Center, one of the premiere institutions of art in the USA, to showcase the pristine classicism of Indian Dance and Music, is truly a unique pioneering venture by Sivam Arts. A Festival such as this is a significant step toward bringing the richness and depth of Indian Classical Arts to wider audiences, and to the main stage in the USA, where it belongs! I appreciate the passion and commitment of the Potarazu family in their sustained efforts to present the highest of standards.”

Mythili Prakash, 2013 UTSAV Artist

UTSAV engages the mind, the senses and the heart.

Expert panelists examine critical issues such as the authenticity of India’s dance tradition and the effects of diaspora and popularization on it. Performances by top artists display the quality and variety of current work being done.

Participants in these events, even when philosophically opposed or in competition for a public, develop a camaraderie that nourishes the spirit and bodes well for the future of India’s arts.”

George Jackson, Dance Critic, Formerly of the Washington Post, and most recently Dance View Times

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