Mesmerizing display of dance and culture by Shubanjali in Union County, NJ 
- Shobana Raj, NY  

June 16, 2005 

It was amazing for residents of Union County to experience the culture of India through a mesmerizing show by Shubanjali School of Performing Arts, a premier dance institution in NJ, through an extravagant dance production titled "Splash the Wonder," at the Terrill Middle School Auditorium in Scotch Plains, NJ on June 4th 2005, made possible in part by an educational HEART Grant from the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.

The program featured dance exhibits including educational booths describing Indian dance styles and a spectacular plethora of themes featuring both the classical and the folk traditions of India. Over 70 students of Shubanjali, sent the audience into raptures with perfectly coordinated movements and richly designed costumes presenting a variety of themes including dance numbers on Lord Ganesha, the Harvest Dance, the Gypsy folklore of India, patriotic themes, dances on Krishna, Devi and the Saint Thyagaraja classic "Nagumomu," presented in groups by the well trained students of Shubanjali.

Suba Ramesh Parmar, founder and artistic director of Shubanjali, presented a beautifully choreographed solo dramatic piece "Brindavanadolu," illustrating the 'Draupadi Vastraharan' and 'Gitopadesam' episodes from the Mahabharatha.

The program was well attended by some of the county’s stalwarts including the Deputy Mayor of Scotch Plains who praised Parmar for her tremendous contribution to the Arts in Union County.
Shubanjali, a Scotch Plains-based dance organization with exemplary performing and teaching standards, has consistently won recognition and awards at NJ's premier events, including First Place at the 2003 Federation of Indian Associations NY Cultural Show and the 2004 Outstanding Dance School award at the area Bridgewater Temple competition.