Incredible India: Unity in Diversity


Photos: Navin Mediwala

HOUSTON: Incredible India is being presented by Indian Performing Arts, Samskriti at the Miller Outdoor Theatre on the 19th of August, 2017 at 8.15pm. This popular event is presented in association with the Consulate General of India in Houston and funded by the Texas Commission on the Arts and the City of Houston through the Miller Theatre Advisory Board.  In a message Hon.Dr. Anupam Ray, Consul General of India in Houston says,  “Samskriti does an amazing job of keeping our culture alive. The Indian diaspora in Houston is a very successful one which represents the best of India in many ways. It is a matter of great importance that it retains the links with its heritage and anything that is done in that direction is something we wish to encourage. And that is why we are happy to support Samskriti and what better occasion than the 70th anniversary of our Independance. The Indian government is proud to be associated with this organization and whatever we can do we will continue to do.”


Rathna Kumar, Artistic Director, Samskriti and curator of the show says that the theme for this year is Unity through Diversity. There is an interesting line up of programs that will take the spectators on a virtual dawn to dusk trip from Kasmir to Kanyakumari. The Programme will commence with Suryanamaskaram and Yogasanams performed by the students of the Narasimhacharis from Chennai, India. The classical dance ensembles are the Houston branch of Aruna Mohanty’s Odissi Academy, Shivangini School of Kathak and Anjali Center for Performing Arts. There is also Kalari, a martial art of Kerala and a multilingual thematic presentation on national, religious and cultural integration with representation of 15 Indian States through their culture and language. The dance will be enhanced with visuals of natural and architectural splendor associated with each place. The recurrent theme is that we speak different  languages and have different religious beliefs but remain united through our deep rooted love for the Motherland. The central theme of Unity through Diversity will  bring together all the dancers on the stage for the soul stirring finale, Vande Mataram, the glorious salutation to Mother India.

   This event is FREE to the public, and so is the parking. For information or for tickets to the covered area, visit, or call Artistic Director Rathna Kumar at (832) 275-9658.