The Ramayana comes to life through the second in a three-part series of cross-cultural dance workshops. Kathak comes from the word katha, meaning to tell stories. Charlotte Moraga of Chitresh Das Dance Co. will perform an excerpt from the Ramayana— Pandit Chitresh Das’ Sita Haran, the Abduction of Sita — in a traditional Kathak solo. Rama, Lakshmana and Sita are in the Panchavati forest when the demon Maricha, disguised as a golden deer, tempts Sita and distracts Rama so that Ravana can steal her away, setting in motion fateful events. On the surface it appears to be a fairytale of good and evil, but the ambiguity beneath has many layers. In a Kathak solo, the dancer portrays all the characters in a story using abhinaya (facial expression), hastaks (hand movements) and dance. Afterward, families can learn some of this fascinating Kathak vocabulary in a workshop with members of the Chhandam Youth Dance Company (CYDC).