Photo: Gayathri Devi

Shrimathi Gayatri Devi: Bharata Natyam Classical Dancer Smt. Gayatri Devi, a Bharata Natyam dancer, teacher, and a choreographer of eminence, is one of the most senior and outstanding disciples of the legendary artist Smt. Rukmini Devi Arundale of Kalakshetra. Gayatri Devi is acclaimed today as one of the nationally and internationally reputed exponents of the […]

Photo: Mala Desai

Mala Desai: Odissi Indian Dance Teacher Mala Desai is a master teacher and practitioner of the Odissi form of Indian Dance. Born in New Delhi, she spent a significant portion of her life there, but her family traveled a lot because her father worked for the Indian railway. Mala, like other young Indian girls, started […]

Louis Cordero

Luis Cordero y Los Amigos Del Amargue: Dominican Bachata Group Luis Cordero is from Tenares, a rural town in the Dominican Republic. Luis learned to play the guitar from friends and family members, while he worked at the family farm. His mother recalled that when Luis was just 4 years old he would sing to […]

Chinese Cultural Association of Long Island (CCALI) Chinese Cultural Association of Long Island (CCALI) Chinese Folk Dance, Kung Fu, calligraphy, and Chinese Knotting are just a few of the classes offered by the Chinese Cultural Association of Long Island. For over 25 years, CCALI has proven itself as a place for learning and for enjoyment. […]

Photo: Mask

Peter Apaza and Peru Andino by Gabrielle Hamilton and Nancy Solomon Peter Apaza was born in the city of Puno, in the southern region of Puno, Peru. He brought his traditional music with him to the U.S. and later founded Peru Andino with his sister, Rosa Volida. Peru Andino has an extensive repertoire of 30 dances […]

Photo: Adlib Steel Band

The Adlib Steelband: Trinidadian Steelband Music Trinidadian steelband music is a form of traditional music that is rarely recognized on Long Island. Since the early 1970s, Trinidadians have lived on Long Island, primarily in Freeport, Hempstead, Glen Cove, and other villages with substantial minority groups. Working in shipping industries, manufacturing plants, and health-care facilities, the […]