Murder on the Ganges

Follow along as a vacation boat travels along the Ganges river. Along the way, a member is murdered and it is up to Hercule Poirot to sovle the mystery. Murder on the Ganges is a show filled with dance, color, music, suspense, and comedy.

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Press Release

Murder on the Ganges – An Indian dance adaptation

There will be one detective, two murder victims, and many suspects. There will be multiple rounds of ‘interrogation’. But the mystery will be solved in one evening. Yes, it’s a murder mystery adaptation — and one with a difference.

Anita Menon, Founder and Artistic Director of the Anjali School of Dance, presents Murder on the Ganges”, inspired by Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot Murder Mystery "Death on the Nile".

The performance is being made possible thanks to a partial funding by a 2014 Project Grant Award from the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC).

Set on the river Ganges in India, Murder on the Ganges will be bought to life by a diverse cast of actors, dancers and musicians from the Portland area. What makes this production different is that it incorporates a variety of dance and music styles not traditionally associated with a stage adaptation of a murder mystery. The performance will include a variety of classical and native folk dance styles from India. The accompanying music will include Indian folk, classical, pop, and Bollywood selections.

“I have always had a passion for bringing stories to audiences in a more entertaining way. Adapting and innovating classic tales draws in both older and younger audiences, because it ties great traditional stories to things that are exciting and relevant in our modern lives. I also think in our global society, it is impactful to fuse culture and tradition from different international communities,” said Anita Menon in a press release.

Open auditions were held locally, and a diverse cast of actors, dancers and musicians from the Portland area, has been assembled for the performance.

Performances will be held on Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 5:00 PM and on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 6:00 PM at the Portland Center for Performing Arts (PCPA), Newmark Theater.

Watch the preview video here.

Tickets are priced at $23.75 - $34.25 for adults and from $17.75 - $28.75 for children 12 and under, and are available for purchase directly from Portland'5 Box Office

For more information, please contact Anita Menon - 503.705.2169,
About Anita Menon: Anita is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Anjali School of Dance, started in 1996 to impart training in the ancient art form of Bharatanatyam to students in the Portland area. Her passion lies in adapting the art form for the next generation of dancers through innovation and experimentation with contemporary choreographic works, including dances founded in the stories of A Midsummer Night’s Dream Cinderella, Red Riding Hood, Pegasus and the Wizard of Oz. Anita has choreographed dances using Western Classical music (such as Beethoven’s 5th symphony), as well as dances blending Bharatanatyam and yoga.


Cast List


Hercule Poirot - Erik James
Linnet Ridgeway Doyle - Shaila Ramachandran
Simon Doyle - Akhil Kambhammettu
Jacqueline De Bellefort - Alisha Menon
Cornelia Robson - Poorna Sridharan
Mrs. Salome Otterbourne - Jennifer Alphonse
Rosalie Otterbourne - Priyanka Mathur
Louise Bourget - Sagarika Ramachandran
Dr. Bessner - Raveena Manivannan
Manager of the Boat - Avish Menon

Adult Ensemble

Rupali Nigotte
Reshma Basu
Lisa Adhikari
Kshiti Shah
Maya Jaganathan
Brianna Adhikari

Teen Ensemble

Ankitha Krishnamurthy - Lead Ensemble Dancer
Shanmathi Mageshwar
Roshni Sarathy
Rupali Sarathy
Manasi Sridhar
Mahathi Sridhar
Tanya Bihari

NatyAnjali Dance Company (Natya UW + Anjali School of Dance dancers)

Saloni Parikh
Sruthi Hariprasad
Renuka Ramanathan
Shaila Ramachandran
Alisha Menon
Nikhila Iyer
Meera Nair
Maya Jaganathan
Roshni Sarathy
Shanmathi Mageshwar

Instrumentalists & Teen Ensemble

Kruthi Annigeri - voice & saxaphone
Bhargav Annigeri - drums
Rohan Kumar - guitar
Jay Sharabu - guitar
Pratheek Makineni - keyboard

Child ensemble

Tanisha Chetty
Naviya Venkitesh
Trishna Kumar
Sanya Surya
Arushi Mitra
Sahil Shah
Merul Babaria
Aditya Jain