The Mayapuris have crash-landed into the kirtan/chant genre, quickly becoming the most talked-about group in this growing scene of exotic world music. Their story starts in the quiet back-country of North Central Florida, Alachua, a small village-esque town known to some as the capital of the underground grassroots-kirtan movement in the West. Read more...
Dancers: Aakansha Maheshwari (Founder), Bharat Kalra, Christina Johnson
BollyPop is a high energy cardio workout with easy to follow moves and choreography comprised of various styles: Bollywood, Bhangra, Garba, Indian classical, Latin, and Hip-Hop movements. People of all ages are welcome to join this high energy dance party with music that rejuvenates the mind, builds strength for the body and brings positive change! Get ready to shake, swerve, move and groove across various continents in this multicultural, adventurous wonderland of dance fun with Aakansha and her team!
Time: Sunday, July 28th 6PM-9PM
Bhakti Dance with Malini
Dancer: Malini Taneja
Malini Taneja is a multi-faceted artist known for her devotional performances, improvisation in both western and eastern dance styles, and her engagement with audiences in singing, rapping and dancing without inhibitions. Malini was born in a family of Bhakti yoga practitioners and annually spends several months in India learning from the masters of bhakti, which propounds that through song, dance and devotion one can feel a divine bliss and connection that is beyond this material existence. Bringing this ancient tradition of love to the modern world, she has combined electronic dance music with sanskrit mantras to make for a unique spiritual dance party.
Time: Sunday, July 28th 6PM-9PM
Dancers: Malini Taneja and Aakansha Maheshwari
Established by these two Los Angeles based dancers, Desert Fire is a dance project inspired by Rajasthani culture and Kalbelia dance (a gypsy folk dance from the snake charmer community in Rajasthan, India), which imbibes the free spirit of the desert. Currently only ten dancers in the United States perform Kalbelia. Through their unique choreographies, Malini and Aakansha tell stories and strive to preserve and share their passion for this dance tradition.
Aloha Bhangra Dance Contest
By Rhythms of India & Judges from los angeles
Time: Sunday, July 28th 6.40 PM - 7.40 PM
Hello y'all dancers....Are you ready to become a STAR??? Become a prime time performer at Ananda Mela 2019!!! Join the Aloha Bhangra Dance Contest on July 28th, Sunday @6.40PM.
Dress to Impress.. Groove your Moves....and... Dance for a Chance... to win
In the previous Kali Yuga Lord Brahma worshiped Sri Balaji at the catchment area of the holy Pushkarini River to thank the Lord. A procession in this connection will be replicated here in Redmond.
Time: Saturday, July 27th 4PM-5PM
The first-ever Ratha-yatra in the western world was organized in San Francisco on July 9, 1967. Srila Prabhupada is reinvigorating the ancient Jagannath Puri celebration where three chariots holding deities of Jagannath, Baladeva, and Subadra are pulled by ropes.
Time: Please check on event day
Ananda Mela hosting puppet shows that exhibit various stories, and encourage people of all ages to participate in Vedic life. It is a wonderful experience for people of all ages. The audience views primarily 2 -3 puppeteers that control their respective marionette puppets. Marionette puppets are controlled by rods and strings to make a movement of hands and actions. Our shows are run by children and teenagers who are apart of the VCC community. They assimilate much knowledge and joy from performing these plays. They can extend their knowledge of the fine arts as well as learn about values. In the first the children created a story that presented kindness to animals, and this year they will give us an insight on how to live a happy life. In conclusion, the puppet show is a very unique performance that shows us very valuable lessons of life in a friendly manner. We encourage everyone to see this spectacle in Ananda Mela