Bollywood dancer Madhavapeddi Murthy gives a performance

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 19, 2012 6:30 AM

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On Friday, Madhavapeddi Murthy will bring the Bollywood culture to Iowa City.

Murthy and his dancers and orchestra will perform at 7 p.m. in North Hall's Space/Place. Admission is $5 for students, $10 for the general public.

Murthy and his troupe will present an evening-long event that will not only include classic Indian dance but Indian music as well. Murthy is the son of the singer Madhavapeddi Sathyam and is the a student of the dance master Vempati Cinna Satyam.

Murthy's dance has become known all over the world; he has performed not only at several dance festivals in India, he has also traveled to countries including Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, and South Africa to perform his traditional dance.

He has also performed with a wide variety of groups and dance production companies.

He is the founder and director of Siva Foundation, a dance studio in Chennai.

Aside from the dance performance, today Murthy will also host a lecture and demonstration that will start at 3:30 p.m. in Space/Place. The event is free and open to the public.

This four-day residency at the UI is not the first time Murthy has performed with the university. In 2010, he taught an Indian classical dance class.

— by Samantha Gentry

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