Image Description: 1. Youth Rising: Continuum - Several girls in purple costumes with flared skirts in a signature end pose after having completed several pirouettes. 2. YouthRising: Continuum - Several girls in purple costumes in a stylistic pose with their right hands bent by their shoulders and their left hands across the waist in a sash position. 3. Youth Rising: World Wide Women Girls Festival - Three girls in purple costumes in the middle of a chakkar, a pirouette in Kathak, classical dance from North India.

Youth Rising

APICC is proud to present Youth Rising at GENERATIONS OF POWER, an outdoor showcase of performances taking place at Japantown Peace Plaza on May 14th.

Youth Rising is an outdoor performance piece highlighting the various aspects of Kathak, classical dance from North India. The performance will consist of an opening invocation - Rangmanch - in which the performance space is sanctified through lighting of the diya, ringing of a bell, and the blowing of a conch shell. The piece concludes by paying homage to the Hindu trinity which represents the cycle of life. The second piece is Malkauns Tarana, a signature piece that highlights the pure dance elements of Kathak. A tarana is characterized by rhythmically complex movements with rapid footwork and lightning-fast pirouettes. Both pieces are original compositions of the late kathak maestro, Pandit Chitresh Das, who established a community and a legacy for Indian classical dance in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.


Sharra Kutty, Namita Nair, Anirra Kutty, Vismaya Nair, Avni Madhu, Poorvi Sangli, Tvisha Soni, Mallika Saoji, Divija Keswani


Leela Youth Dance Company is a pre-professional ensemble under the direction of renowned kathak artists Rina Mehta and Rachna Nivas. The program champions excellence in Kathak. Through world-class training, high-level performance experience, and mentorship, the program empowers teens to become advocates for Indian classical art and culture within their communities.

Follow them on Instagram: @leelayouthdancecompany / @leela.sanfrancisco and Facebook: @theleelaacademy / @LeelaSanFrancisco


This program is part of a larger showcase of performances taking place at Japantown Peace Plaza


12:00-12:15 Opening Introductions & Announcements
12:15-1:00PM Sugilanon by Caroline Cabading & The Autonomous Region
1:00-1:50PM Love & Unity: Asian American Choreographer's Showcase curated by Claudine Naganuma
1:50-2:40PM “Seh Kui: Community is In the Heart” by The Last Hoisan Poets & Del Sol Quartet
2:40-2:55PM Return of the Sun by First Voice
2:55-3:20PM Youth Rising by Leela Youth Dance Company
After this, please join us in crossing the street (Post St) to Buchanan Mall for the next performance:
3:30-4:00PM groundwater/chikasui 地下水 by tashi tamate weiss (Across Post St at Buchanan Mall)

Attendance is free and open to the public. Let us know you're going:

May 14, 2022 at 12:00pm - 4pm
Japantown Peace Plaza
1610 Geary Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94115
United States
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Accessibility & Consent

 The Japantown Peace Plaza is wheelchair accessible.
 ASL interpretation will be available for the duration of the event.

In an effort to raise awareness about the ongoing pandemic, onsite COVID-19 testing will be available to those who choose to avail of it. Kindly stay home if you are feeling unwell or if you have had possible COVID-19 exposure. Vaccines, face masks and social distancing are strongly encouraged. Let's continue to keep each other safe.

If you require any special accommodations or assistance, please let us know by filling out the accommodation question when you register or email us at [email protected].

This event will be photographed and video recorded for archival and promotional purposes. By attending this event, you consent to the potential of your image being shared publicly through APICC's channels.