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Kevin Locke to perform in India

The world-renowned American Indian visionary hoop dancer aims to "raise awareness of the oneness we share as human beings", reports Satyen Mohapatra.

india Updated: Apr 24, 2007 21:39 IST

World-renowned American Indian visionary hoop dancer Kevin Locke is all set to perform in India.

Locke, who belongs to the Lakota and Anishinabe tribes of the USA, aims to "raise awareness of the oneness we share as human beings".

The artiste (Tokeya Inajin is his Lakota name, meaning "The First to Arise") has been the cultural ambassador for the United States Information Service since 1980 and has performed and lectured in more than 80 countries.

Approximately 80 per cent of Kevin's presentations are shared with children as he enjoys working with children in the reservations in USA to ensure the survival and growth of indigenous culture.

Through his traditional Hoop dance, Kevin demonstrates the roles and responsibilities that all human beings have within the hoops (circles) of life.

In the complex and acrobatic Lokota hoop dance, Kevin whirls within twirling hoops, which swiftly intersect, revealing designs that show the way of life. The hoops represent unity while the four colours - black, red, yellow and white - denote the four directions, four seasons, four winds, four human races and more. Finally, all 28 hoops interlock to form an interdependent sphere in which all beings have vital and essential roles to play.

Kevin gives regular concerts and presentations in schools, universities, conferences, state and national parks and at historic sites.

In 1990, the National Endowment for the Arts in the US made him the National Heritage Fellow while recognising him as a "Master Traditional Artiste, who has contributed to the shaping of our artistic traditions and to preserving the cultural diversity of the United States."

A prominent player of the indigenous Northern Plains flute, Kevin is also a storyteller and recording artiste with twelve albums of music. Prominent among stories written by him are The First Flute, Open Circle, Keepers of the Dream and Dream Catcher.

Kevin is slated to perform at the American Center during an open house event to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the American Library on April 28.

He will also perform at the One Ocean Performance Art Series at the Bahá'í House of Worship (Lotus Temple) auditorium on April 28. The series, created to celebrate the diversity and unity of the human family, draws its name from a verse in the Bahá'í writings addressing humanity as drops of one ocean and waves of one sea - a testament to how close-knit we are and what power we have in unity.

The series consists of classical and contemporary music and dance performances by artistes from around the world.

Previously, under the Once Ocean banner there has been sarod recital by Pt Rajeev Taranath, an opera by the Neemrana Foundation, flamenco dancing organised by the Spanish Embassy, a monologue by Shekar Sen on Swami Vivekananda, cello concert organised by the Austrian Embassy, Sufi Qawali by the Wadali brothers and national folk dances of the Philippines.

First Published: Apr 24, 2007 21:13 IST