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May 17

A gift from the gods—in India, that is what the art of dance is believed to be, a divine channel of physical and spiritual expression. This Saturday, Washington’s most accomplished specialist-s in the various Indian dance styles will blend beauty and history in “Divine Reflections: Dances of India,” an exhibition of classical, folk, and tribal dances. Under the artistic direction of the award-winning Guru Nabaghana Shyam Singha, members of Nritya Rangam (Temple of Dance), a nonprofit educational and cultural or-ganization, will perform classical dance as well as tribal dances from Manipur, in India’s mountainous, mist-enshrouded northeast. Dramatic Thang-ta (martial arts-derived “sword and spear” dancing) will be performed by renowned guest artist Khilton Nongmaithe-m. Also on the bill, the elegant Bharata Natyam, India’s most famous classical dance style, will be performed by Radha Ganesan and Company. The performance- will be accompanied by two onstage orchestras of authentic instruments. Nritya Rangam is the only troupe in North America showcasing this eloquent and demanding art form at concert halls and university theaters, and we’re lucky to have them at 8 p.m. at the Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Rd., Cheverly. $15. (301) 277-1710. (Arion Berger)