Dancing Jesuit to visit Malta

In October, a vibrant guest, Fr Saju George SJ, will be in Malta offering a programme to give performances and talks on dance and evangelisation. (See programme below)

Fr Saju George is a Jesuit priest belonging to Calcutta Jesuit Province. He has an M.A. in Indian Dance and Ph.D. in the Philosophy of Indian Sacred/Classical Dance. He has been performing, choreographing and teaching Bharatanatyam for the last 15 years in India and abroad. He guides Ph.D. scholars in Dance under Bharathidasan University, Tiruchhirappally in Tamilnadu (South India) since 2006. He runs the social welfare and humanitarian centre called Shanti Nir (Nest of Peace), the Art Peace Foundation, and Kalahrdaya – The Universal Home of Art and Culture. Through these institutions Fr Saju helps many poor people in education and different humanitarian projects. He helps homeless poor people to build small houses. 

He is trained in Bharatanatyam and Kuchipudi under gurus like Padmabhushan Prof C.V. Chandrasekhar, Padmabhushan Guru Kalanidhi Narayanan, Padmabhushan Guru Vempathi Chinna Satyam, Prof. Derrick Munro. Padmasri Leela Samson, Prof. Khagendra Nath Barman, Guru Sri K.Rajkumar, Kalaimamani Smt. Priyadarshini Govind, and others. 

Fr Saju gives regular lectures in Indian aesthetics, art and religion in different institutions in India and abroad.Fr. Saju has given several solo and group performances in India and over 25 countries abroad. He has choreographed several dances based on the Bible. 

PROGRAMME IN MALTA

Sunday 6th October - Arrival

Monday 7th October - The general public can enjoy a Performance at the Hall of the Old Priory Convent, Mdina followed by a dinner at Theos Mdina (the restaurant in the same building of the Old Priory) and at Sharma Mdina (just opposite). For more details visit Sharma Mdina website / facebook or contact on 356 2145 3817 or +356 9999 6315

Tuesday 8th October - In the morning: At St Aloysius’ College Sixth Form Hall Fr Saju will give a talk on his missions and on his dance and then do a performance for the Sixth Form students. 

Wednesday 9th October - 8 pm at St Aloysius’ College Sixth Form Hall Fr Saju will give a performance for the general public. Tickets are available from the University chaplaincy, Mount St Joseph, Mosta, St Aloysius’ College and Loyola House, Naxxar.

Thursday 9th October - 7 pm at the University Chaplaincy: Fr Saju will provide students with an explanation on “Bharata Natyam dance and Evangelisation” and then give a performance at the chapel. No tickets are required

Friday 11th October - From 4 pm to 8pm Fr Saju will be giving a work shop to different dance schools at Artemocion School, Mellieha. 

Saturday 12th October - Departure

Contact: 77045835, 27523607    Email: scorpian.turner@yahoo.com

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