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Daler's Dance Debut

Indian tradition is kept alive in New York as Farmingdale resident Manasa Pisipati performs a three-hour solo classical dance performance. Pisipati, 16, graced the stage on Aug. 31 at the Flushing Hindu Temple Auditorium in Queens, performing eight intricate dance pieces in the South Indian dance style known as Bharatanatyam.

Bharatanatyam is the oldest of all the classical dance styles in India, originating over 2,000 years ago. While other Indian dance styles have been influenced by British colonialism or Muslim rule, Bharatanatyam has remained largely untouched. Bharatanatyam pays homage to Hindu deities through mimed story telling as well as statuesque poses and complex footwork. It is known for its grace, purity and tenderness.

Accompanied by a renowned orchestral ensemble consisting of vocals, traditional drums, known as the tabla, violin, flute, and cymbals, Manasa debuted her extensive dance training to an audience of hundreds. This solo dance presentation is known as an ‘Arangetram,’ which literally means to ascend the stage. It marks the student’s introduction as a dancer as well as a sort of graduation from the years of rigorous training needed to execute such a physically and mentally taxing performance.

Her teacher Satya Pradeep trained her for the past eight years. Pradeep runs the dance school, Nritya Saagaram Dance Academy, in Syosset.

Maintaining grace, composure and maturity throughout the recital, Manasa charmed the audience with her expressive facial expressions and brisk postures. The performance opened with a tribute to the elephant headed deity, Lord Ganesha, set to melodic traditional classical music that was coupled with Manasa’s rhythmic dance steps and elegant movements. Paying homage to her Indian roots, Manasa brought to life various stories of Hindu deities that have immense cultural and religious significance to Indian Americans. For example, Manasa portrayed several of Lord Krishna’s childhood pranks, which Indians have grown up listening to, such as Krishna teasing women by stealing their clothes. Manasa received standing ovation for her performance by the spellbound audience.

An honors student, Manasa is currently a junior at Half Hollow Hills High School East in Dix Hills. Manasa is the daughter of long-term Farmingdale Rotary Club member and Past President Prakash Pisipati. Sunitha Pisipati, her mom, encouraged her to learn this divine art form.

News

There was a time when people knew what they were eating. Frozen meals, fast food chains and ingredients impossible to pronounce were non-existent. Instead, simple ingredients and meals were all made from scratch.

Joann P. Magri, owner of The Divine Olive, is keeping this way of eating alive. Offering hungry customers with a choice in quality foods and ingredients, Magri encourages customers to make their own meals. With shelves stocked full of 18-year-old vinegars straight from Modena, Italy, to extra virgin olive oils infused with various herbs and flavors, the Divine Olive features a variety of organic and vegan products, all 100 percent natural. It even has handmade spaghetti and fresh bread, which perfectly pairs with all of their other products.

It’s a cute little ‘bug.’ What it represents, however, is anything but cute.

An unusual-looking Volkswagen is toodling around Long Island this month. Painted to resemble the Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), the VW Beetle is part of efforts by the US Department of Agriculture to eliminate the pest, which can destroy 70 percent of an area’s tree canopy, according to the agency. Initially, officials held hope for complete eradication from about 23 square miles of LI designated as infested or at risk by 2016. Instead, this “landcape-altering pest” is spreading.


Sports

It will be difficult to top the exhilaration of being crowned Nassau County Champs, but the 2014 Farmingdale Dalers will begin their defense of the title on Sept. 13 at rival Massapequa—whom they beat to claim the crown.

“The attitude is that we have to prove it again,” said Head Coach Buddy Krumenacker, who has been at the helm since 1993. “But I think we’ll be okay,” he added.

Register now as classes fill up quickly and you don’t want to miss out on the chance to join in trapeze workshops at Eisenhower Park’s I.FLY this fall.

 

“I.FLY was designed to give kids and adults the ability to fulfill their dreams of being in the circus,” says instructor Anthony Rosamilia.  “Flying through the air never gets boring.  At I.FLY, we help people create lifelong memories.” 


Calendar

Board of Education Special Meeting

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Movies on the Green: The Nut Job

Thursday, Aug. 28

Warbirds Legends Weekend

Friday, Aug. 29



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