HOLLYWOOD, Calif.—Mr. Shinu Murthy drove for an hour and 20 minutes to see Shen Yun Performing Arts World Company’s afternoon show at the Dolby Theatre on Jan. 24.
“I think it’s fantastic. It’s colorful, exuberant, and very nicely presented,” said Mr. Murthy.
Mr. Murthy is the owner and president of the Ohio-based consulting company Futures Technology Corporation. He and his family spend their winters in southern California.
His interest in Shen Yun Performing Arts was piqued by advertisements on the television and other places.
Mr. Murthy had arrangements in place to be out of town when Shen Yun performed close to his home, and he didn’t want to miss experiencing Shen Yun.
“I decided to drive all the way to Los Angeles, from Dana Point, an hour and twenty minutes,” he said.
In addition to dance pieces, there are operatic vocal performances sung in Chinese interspersed throughout the show.
“The song texts the singers perform are original works written for these pieces. Brimming with philosophical reflection about human life and containing deep layers of meaning, the texts go beyond the boundaries of nation, race, and culture, and have been fondly received and appreciated the world over. Some audience members even express that Shen Yun’s vocal pieces are reminiscent of sacred music,” explains the website.
Mr. Murthy said he enjoyed the lyrics of the piece sung by the soprano. “How the evil is ultimately conquered by the goodness and the creator will save you,” he said.
Shen Yun is a non-profit organization based in upstate New York; each year they travel the globe bringing the beauty of ancient, traditional Chinese culture back to the world.
“For 5,000 years divine culture flourished in the land of China. Humanity’s treasure was nearly lost, but through breathtaking music and dance, Shen Yun is bringing back this glorious culture,” says the Shen Yun website.
“The ancient cultures built on developing more depth and more tranquility, and more sublimity,” said Mr. Murthy.
“I think those are lasting values,” he added.
He appreciated the state-of-the-art digital background, which acts as a magic carpet to transport the audience into mystical realms and legendary myths.
“The colors in the background and the movement of the water, and all that is very, very nicely done,” Mr. Murthy said.
Mr. Murthy said he is going to urge his family and friends to see Shen Yun, wherever they live.
“They should go and see this,” he said. “My niece and her children are going to come and watch this in Costa Mesa, next week.”
Mr. Murthy also said that he’ll miss Shen Yun when it comes to Cleveland in mid-February, but that he’ll encourage his friends there not to miss it.
“I will be out talking to my friends to go and see this,” he said, “see the show!”
Reporting by Albert Roman and Cheryl Casati
New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts has four touring companies that perform around the world. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org.
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