WOOSTER — Gayathri Vedagiri will present "The Dance of Siva and Sakti," an evening of Bharatanatyam, a classical South Indian dance-drama tradition, on Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m. in Freedlander Theatre (329 E. University St.) at The College of Wooster.

Vedagiri has been a practitioner of Bharatanatyam since she was 11 years old. She has studied in the traditional Indian teacher/student model with expert Indian classical dancer and choreographer Kalaimamani Uma Anand, the daughter and disciple of Padmashree Shri K.N Dandayudhapani Pillai, an influential teacher who greatly impacted the modern development of this South Indian performance tradition. In addition to touring throughout the United States, she performs annually in a prestigious dance festival hosted in Chennai, Tamil Nadu (India) with her teacher and a live orchestra.

The performance is sponsored by the departments of religious studies and theatre and dance, the cultural events committee, the South Asia committee, and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information call 330-263-2129.