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East Hawaii Cultural Center

141 Kalakaua St., Hilo

6:00-8:00 pm, Saturday, August 26, 2017

East Hawaii Cultural Center


$15 (Early Bird) General Admission (advanced purchase only),
$20 (At the Door if Seats are Left) General Admission,
$12 Senior Admission,
$25 Premium Admission – optimum seat (advanced purchase only),
$50 VIP Admission – optimum seat, complimentary intermission snacks, autographed 5x7 photo, and meet the girls (advanced purchase only),
$108 Gold VIP Admission – optimum seat, complimentary intermission snacks, autographed 8x10 photo, meet the girls, and complimentary dinner (advanced purchase only).

You can print your ticket and bring it to the show, or show us a picture of your ticket. Alternately, just bring the ticket number or a photo ID and we’ll find you on our list.

Padma Dance Academy is a part of Padma Inc., a non-profit organization. All your donations/ticket purchases are tax-deductible. (Federal Tax ID number: 56-1969986)

During intermission, Indian-style delicacies and various snacks will be available for purchase.

This is a one-time showing, a rare treat! And seating is limited, so book your reservations early!

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at the event for your chance to win a Gauranga Live 21 Day Probiotic Cleanse valued at $300.00, a One Hour Lomilomi Massage from a Hawaiian Native valued at $175.00, and more prizes to be revealed at the event!!

From ancient India comes the elegant Bharatanatyam dance style. Like Hula, Bharatanatyam is a dance with spiritual roots, performed in praise of the divine. It is infused with historic stories of heroism, mystery and romance.

The August 26th performance tells the story of how Krishna appeared on Earth in the prison of his uncle—a tyrant with an insatiable thirst for world domination. Krishna escapes in the dead of night in a monsoon storm, brings joy to simple villagers, and tames a huge sea monster.

Padma dancers are local Hilo and Puna girls who’ve grown up studying this rigorous form of dance, most of them since they were three! Your tickets will give you an evening of delight, and sponsor their trip for dance immersion study on the mainland with their teacher’s teacher, the renowned Sudha Chandra Sekhar.

About the Director

Since 1986, Champakalata (Yamuna) Fiorentino has been studying Bharatanatyam under the guidance of her teacher, Sudha Chandra Sekhar of Hindu Temple Rhythms in Oak Park, Michigan. In 2002, Champakalata opened her own dance school, Padma Dance Academy in Hillsborough, NC. In 2008, she moved the school here to Hilo, HI. Champaka performs and teaches Bharatanatyam as an expression of Bhakti Yoga, a means to connect to the Divine through devotional story-telling and prayer. She is very excited to be presenting, in this vibrant dance drama Swagatam Krishna, her dedicated students who have been steadily training together and performing for many years.
For more information call Champaka/Yamuna at 858-762-3609,