“We can use both classical dance and theater to give a different life to the experiences we have as South Asian women in the diaspora.”

“My film career has spanned decades and continents, but it is the classical arts that have brought me solace and security throughout my life.”

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The Drive East Festival

DivyaA Unni: A Thousand Names For A Goddess

Sunday, August 18th
3:30pm - 4:30pm

How does one find a home for your soul? Divyaa explores all sides of self in the world premiere of her concert, A Thousand Names for A Goddess, through bharatanatyam, theater, and live music. Inspired by stories of South Asian immigrant women, history, and mythology, Divyaa performs vignettes exploring those who straddle two worlds to maintain balance within their communities and within themselves.

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Divyaa Unni started her Bharatanatyam dance training at the age of three, thereafter she was trained in Kuchipudi, and Mohiniyattam. Subsequently, Divyaa Unni was crowned, in 1990 and 1991, ''Kalathilakom'' in Kerala School Kalolsavam statewide competitions. On India's premier Television Channel Doordarshan, she has presented a variety of Indian dance art-forms to such as Bharatanatyam, Kuchipudi, Mohiniyattam, and Indian folk dance. She continues to perform at various Indian dance festivals in India and international stages throughout North America, Europe and Persian Gulf countries. She has received many awards including the Aravindaksha Memorial Award – the Abhinaya Tilaka Puraskaram for the best state dance performance. She is currently the Director of Sreepadam School of Arts in Houston, Texas, United States.