A significant player in the Indian classical dance style bharatanatyam, dancer and choreographer Malavika Sarukkai returns to the Kennedy Center, continuing to push the style's boundaries. After making her Center debut as part of the maximum INDIA festival in March 2011, the Washington Post said, "As a performer, Sarukkai is phenomenally precise. Her arms slice the air like rapiers and her feet strike the ground with a unique sound that could be likened to the hard ping of raindrops on a tin roof. As an actress, she is a chameleon: Her body seemed to change shape as she moved from male to female roles. She is also a master of coordinating movement and music."