The 9th American Natya Festival (ANF) will be celebrated in conjunction with World Dance Day in St. Louis, April 28-30 at Clayton High School’s Auditorium. ANF is the only Indian dance drama festival in the United States and is organized by St. Louis-based Soorya Performing Arts. This festival is the first and only Indian Classical Dance Drama Festival in the country and is an annual platform to create, discuss, present works, and showcase new ideas in order to increase awareness and enjoyment of this particular dance style. This year they will feature 12 groups representing major cities from coast to coast presenting 60-70 minute productions with themes spanning across mythology, history and social issues. In addition to the evening performances of dance dramas, Soorya Performing Arts is hosting “American Natya Idol,” a national level dance competition held only here in St. Louis.