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"ANYONE WHO CUTS OFF THEIR ROOTS CAN'T STAND UPRIGHT FOR VERY LONG." – Shweta Ahuja Roshni Thematur (second from right) and her peers told Hindi stories through the ancient art of Kathak dance at the academy's 2018 performance. mother, Shweta Ahuja, had hoped for. "I tell Roshni, America is your home. You need to assimilate, but do not cut off your roots," Shweta says. "Anyone who cuts off their roots can't stand upright for very long." A Celebration of Culture A May performance is the culmination of the Nrityangan Cultural Academy's year. This isn't a mere dance recital; it's a celebration of Indian culture, open to everyone in the community. Prior to the performance, vendors open booths full of Indian food, jewelry and clothing. Mukherjee splits profits from ticket sales between Treehouse Children's Advocacy Center, which helps child BALLANTYNE SPRING 2019 44 Feature

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