Lotus Music & Dance, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization, was founded in 1989 by master Bharata Natyam dancer Kamala Cesar. It is a performance space, sanctuary, and center of education for traditional and indigenous performing arts forms. The mission is to keep alive and accessible the music and dance traditions of all world cultures. Lotus Music & Dance remains the only institution of its kind in New York City, with master artists from India, Korea, Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, China, the South Pacific, Middle East, the Mohawk Nation, West Africa, and Spain collectively preserving their traditional arts. Aside from our varied schedule of unique, multicultural performances, we offer instruction in traditional ethnic forms of dance and music as well as Arts-In-Education programs to schools throughout the tri-state area. Since 2002,  Lotus Music & Dance has presented Manhattan's only open-air pow wow, the annual Drums Along the Hudson®: A Native American and Multicultural Celebration.


Lotus Music & Dance Board of Directors

Tad Shull, Chair and Secretary

Ravi Konuru, Treasurer

Harini Srinivasan

Jeanne Devine

Devi Huggins

Michael Lent

Jayanthi Raja Segaran

Rushil Shukla

Kamala Cesar, President


Arts and Education

Artist, Julia Kulakova,
Persian Dance

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Drums Along the Hudson 2022

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