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Hathaway Brown School is pleased to host the 12th Annual TAAL Concert, a multicultural dance celebration of culture, family and friends through various dance forms from around the world.

This year’s program will take place on Friday, October 9, at 7:30 p.m. in The Ahuja Auditorium and feature a variety of dance forms, including Indian, Flamenco, West African and Hip Hop. A post-show reception will follow in the Anne Cutter Coburn Reception Room. The event is open to the public; tickets are $10 for adults, staff and faculty, and $5 for students and seniors.

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Performers this year include:

  • Azaguno, a colorful and vibrant multi-ethnic ensemble international touring group, which focuses on research, preservation, education and performance of traditional African American, Caribbean and Latin America music and dance.
  • Internationally renowned professional Bharathanatyam dancer, Pooja Kumar Shyam
  • Dance film exploring the journey of women in hip-hop, featuring B-Girl, Teen Marie Custer
  • Contemporary Dance Ensemble with West African work created by Talise A. Campbell
  • Cuba native, Griset Damas RocheFlamenco
  • Mansee Singhi: Kathak dance, depicting Nritta (Technical) and the Abhinaya (Emotional) part of the genre
    > Learn more about this year's performers 

Questions about TAAL: please contact Falon Baltzell, Director of Upper School Dance, (216) 320-8796 x. 7166 or fbaltzell@hb.edu.

About TAAL:

The TAAL program was conceived in 2003 by Preeti Gill, a 2005 graduate of Hathaway Brown, taking its name from the word used to describe the rhythmic patterns in Indian classical music. She developed the event as an Edna Dawley Strnad ’42 Fellow in Creativity, and it has been nurtured and curated by the Upper School Dance Department since that time. The program was launched to highlight the culture of India and to honor the memory of Joti Sawhny ’92. Since its conception, proceeds benefit The Joti Sawhny Memorial Fund at HB, along with international student travel and dance study.

Joti Sawhny '92 was born to Dr. Bhupinder and Mrs. Nili Sawhny on May 1, 1974 in New York. She was the oldest of three children that included her sister Achinta and brother Jaikaran. After settling in Cleveland with her family, she attended Hathaway Brown School, graduating in 1992. Joti accomplished many things in her short lifetime and left behind a lasting legacy of love and commitment. She was a sister, a friend, a daughter, an artist, a choreographer, an activist, and most importantly, a teacher. She taught us to fight for our beliefs, and she showed us how. According to her mother Nili, “She led by example and taught me the joy of dancing in the rain. She was graceful and charming, respectful and kind. Joti loved science, astronomy, and a good flower fight with her sister Rashmi. She had a terrific sense of humor and loved to put ice down her father’s shirt. She was passionate about life, and we are all so much better for having known her. She was well loved.” Joti’s dream was to one day travel in space, and now she is dancing with the stars. Her legacy will live on in the memorial fund that bears her name. The programs it will support will forever pay tribute to the beautiful light we called Joti.

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