Attending a classical Indian dance performance debut?
June 10, 2014 8:37 PM Subscribe
A coworker invited me to her daughter's rangapravesha (indian dance performance) after I saw a fancy brochure/program at her desk and remarked, "Wow, this looks amazing! It would be great to see this kind of dance performance! Let me know when she is performing!" Did I awkwardly invite myself to what is essentially a family event, like a quinceañera or a graduation? If you've been to a rangapravesha or had one of your own, what else should I know if I attend? Additional over-thinking questions below the fold.
posted by NikitaNikita to Society & Culture (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I realize that my coworker is the best source for these answers, but in case I already have made it super-awkward I wanted to get some third-party understanding of what a rangapravesha is. When I searched online, a few articles came up that suggest it is like a debutante type event, and others suggest it is like a dance recital or graduation. It is being held at an arts center, which made me initially think "Oh this is a public performance" but it is actually just friends and family in attendance (i.e. the event is not listed on the arts center website for public ticketing.)
The (also very fancy!) invitation I received says that it begins at 4, and there is a dinner at 7:30 -- how tacky would it be to only attend part of the performance or not stay for dinner? Anything else you can share about this type of event -- if it is a generalizable kind of thing -- would be appreciated!