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So far Saras Venkatram has created 44 blog entries.

Dancing toward Belonging

2021-01-27T15:49:57-08:00January 27th, 2021|Press|

Throughout the several challenges of 2020, many of us find ourselves nostalgic for the cultural events that helped us thrive before the pandemic. Reflecting back on beautiful projects that bring community together helps us stay hopeful as we find ways to creatively stay connected. Among these reflections, I am immediately taken back to a project in 2016 when Mosaic Silicon Valley initiated a cross-cultural collaboration between two very different populations.

Making the Mosaic: When Indian and Mexican Rhythms Converse

2020-11-19T15:32:08-08:00November 16th, 2020|Blog|

It was 2016 when Mosaic Silicon Valley invited Indian folkdance artist Srividya Eashwar and Mexcian folklorico artist Arturo Magaña to come up with two minutes of informed, performative collaboration between their cultures. The mission was to bring their audiences together to build a connected community - as diverse in the audience as on stage.

Creativity During Covid

2020-10-14T10:11:30-07:00October 14th, 2020|Blog|

I think that we’re all on the same page: it’s hard to comprehend how it’s been over half a year of “These Times,” however you personally define them. I’ve personally gone through a myriad of mindsets and emotions ranging from obliviousness, anxiety, and depression, to complacency, determination, and anger. But I’m not writing this today to make my problems yours. Instead, I want to take a moment to chat about creative processes and inspiration during these unprecedented times.

Co-improv-id with Saxophone and Sitar

2020-10-09T15:51:53-07:00September 28th, 2020|Press|

Staying inspired requires energy in the best of times. Doing so while sheltering-in-place, dealing with canceled shows, complete lack of a real audience, and asynchronous, socially distant jam sessions strikes a discordant note in the life of artists and art organizations alike.

Making the Mosaic: Belonging to America

2020-11-19T15:33:13-08:00September 11th, 2020|Blog|

America is the land of the free and the home of the brave…the who? While many of us feel we have the right to be here, regardless of where we were born, most of us continue to seek a sense of belonging. Belonging to a home, to a community, to a country. We identify as American. The world sees us as American. So why are some of us challenged, or even threatened, by our very own neighbors: our fellow Americans. If we all have pledged our allegiance to America – our America – then why do some people consider themselves more American than others?

New Mosaic Connect Event: The Ancient Contemporary

2020-07-08T13:28:43-07:00July 8th, 2020|News, Press|

New episode highlights the storytelling abilities of Modern Contemporary, Indian Odissi and Cambodian Classical dance styles  SAN JOSE, Calif. – July 8, 2020 – Sangam Arts will host its next episode of Mosaic Connect - The Ancient Contemporary - on Monday, July 13th at 5:30PM PT. The free, online event will feature three pre-recorded performances

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