Wednesday, October 31, 2018


“Kathakaar, The Spinning Storyteller” will explore the multi-cultural history of India in an interactive presentation for kindergarten through third grade students in all local public schools from October 29 through November 2 as part of Darke County Center for the Arts’ Arts In Education series. According to DCCA Artistic Director Keith Rawlins, dancer and tabla player Jin Won infuses her own creativity into her performances of Kathak, a form of Indian classical dance which uniquely tells stories through movement and music. “Her strong and graceful performances share the beauty that emerges when different cultures interact,” Mr. Rawlins explained. “Her fascinating program engages audiences of all ages,” he stated.

In ancient India, Kathak dancers were traveling bards known as Kathakaar; the tradition is traceable to 400 B.C.E. South Korean artist Jin Won developed a passion for Indian arts that led her to live in India for over 15 years, obtaining training in tabla , an Indian musical instrument consisting of a pair of small drums, as well as dance; she has created this program to share her enthusiasm for the rich and fascinating culture she has adopted. Mr. Rawlins says that the dynamics and power of Kathak will be expertly showcased technically and expressively, leaving youngsters with a clearer picture of the diverse people of India and their myriad cultural backgrounds.

DCCA’s Arts In Education series annually presents high quality professional artists to students in every grade of all local public schools; these programs are free and open to the public. Arts In Education is sponsored by Bach to Rock, DP&L Company Foundation, Richard Baker, Greenville VFW Post #7262, Greenville Federal, Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe, Gordon Orthodontics, the Wes & Patti Jetter Fund, the Mandy Green Fund, Edison State Community College, The Early Bird & Blue Bag Media, Littman-Thomas Agency, and Wayne Health Care. DCCA also receives local support from the John R. and Miriam H. Knick Fund of the Darke County Foundation, The Ketrow Foundation, Lydia E. Schaurer Memorial Trust, Harry D. Stephens Memorial, and DCCA memberships, as well as funding from the Ohio Arts Council, the state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.

“Kathakaar, The Spinning Storyteller” will also be presented for audiences of all ages as a part of DCCA’s casual Coffeehouse Series; this performance takes place on Thursday, November 1 at the Union City Arts Depot. The show begins at 7 p.m. Start times for DCCA’s Arts In Education programs are coordinated with school schedules; for more information, contact DCCA at 937-547-0908 or

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