On February 1st 2007 Award winning Kathak dancer and founder of the Nritya Kala Kendra Dance Academy, Malini Shah announced that she will be participating in Guyana’s 33rd year of Mashramani celebrations on the 23rd of February 2007by presenting her senior most student Shanna Somaroo.
In Celebration of Asian –American Heritage Month the Queens borough Community College held the annual Asian Cultural Festival on April 11th 2007.The Festival included Asian arts and crafts e.g. Chinese knotting, paper folding, rainbow calligraphy and Indian painting as well as Asian Ethnic Food. There were also Chinese, Indian-Nritya Kala Kendra, and Korean Folk Dance performances giving the students a little history behind the three ethnicities. The Asian Cultural Festival was proudly sponsored by the Asian Society, Chinese Christian Fellowship, International Youth Fellowship and Newman Club.
In Observance of Guyana’s 41st Independence Anniversary Artists and performers from NY and Guyana convened at the York College Performing Arts Center Once again to make May 20th evening one of the most memorable evening yet to come. Making a very honored appearance were Dr. E. R. Braithwaite, author, “To Sir With Love” as Guest of Honor and Hon. Bayney Karran, Guyana’s Ambassador to the US. Artists included “The Mighty Rebel” –Geoffrey Phillips 2007 Calypso Monarch of Guyana, “Malo”- Marlon Webster-2007 Soca King of Guyana and also featured exciting performances by Terry Gajraj, The Bakanal Group, Marage Tassa Boyz and dancers, dramatic poetry from James Richmond, wonderfully choreographed dance performances by Nritya Kala Kendra Dance Academy and many more exciting dances and poetry from various artists.
On June 24th 2007, Renowned Guyanese Dancer and founder of Nritya Kala Kendra Dance Academy was announced to be conducting a three day dance workshop in Guyana by the Sunday Chronicle. Her main Goal for this workshop was to share the Art of Indian Music and Dance with the young children and give them some insight as to what Classical Music is really about.
June 2007 - Indian Dance Showcase
Founder and Director of The Nritya Kala Kendra Dance Academy Malini Shah presented an Indian Dance Showcase in an attempt to enrich and advance culture and artistic knowledge in the community, and serve as a channel of communication with other countries in the arts. In the one showcase many different styles of dancing were showcased, some of these dances included the Guru Mantra, Ghoomar-Rajasthani, and Eye of the Dragon, a riveting piece choreography that blended the Indian and African cultures. Students of all ages participated and showed the audience that dance is not just for the young or the old but everyone. A few of the performers included Kavita Naido, Little Alana Singh, Padma Bhudeo, Barso Pady and many more.This 2007 Showcase was held at The World’s Fair Marina overlooking the Queens harbor making the evening even more exquisite.
New York Indo-Guyanese gave a very warm welcome to Guyanese Minister of Culture Youth and Sports on August 18th 2009 at the extravagant Mangoville Restaurant. Dr. Frank Anthony was showered with many, many wonderful and well collaborated speeches citing his likeness from many people here in NY as well as around the world for the great job he has done for Guyana. Helping to welcome Dr. Anthony were Dance performances from the students of Nritya Kala Kendra Indian Dance Academy, by Kavita Naidu.
On Friday September 28th 2007, Nritya Kala Kendra held a Kathak Dance workshop led by Jayant Kastuar honoring India’s 60th Independence anniversary.