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Benefit for Hariharananda Balashram: School for Orphans in Orissa


Dear Friends,

Namaskar-I hope this finds you well, please see below details for a program I will be presenting in November. This is a really wonderful initiative to assist some of the poorest children in Orissa. At present, the Hariharanda Balashram is serving 160 children, adding another 40 each year--as the program is rapidly expanding, we need the funds to support this effort. If you are unable to attend, we urge you to make a contribution to support these children--please pass this along to anyone who may be interested in attending/contributing to this cause.

Respectfully yours,

An Odissi Dance Performance by New York based Odissi Dancer Sonali Mishra, Senior Disciple
of Gurus Sri Bichitrananda Swain and Sri Ramesh Chandra Jena All proceeds from the event will be donated to the Hariharananda Balashram, a residential school for orphans in Arua (near Pattamundai), Orissa, India, through Hand-in-Hand USA, a humanitarian non-profit organization, Tax ID # 37-1420403


Date: Sunday, Nov. 11th, 2007
Time: 4:00 pm (seating by 3:45)
Location: Groves High School Auditorium (Little Theater)
20500 West 13 Mile Road,
Beverly Hills, MI 48025

Tickets:
Adults: $20 (advance purchase), $25 (at door)
Family: $40
Student: $15
Sponsors: $100 and above



For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact:
Mr. M. Panda- 586-321-6363
Mr. S. Mishra- 248-879-8398
Ms. A. Misra- 810-733-8219
Ms. P. Bakshi- 248-935-7642
If you cannot attend the program but would like to make a donation, please see details below:

Hand-in-Hand USA
6925 Elm Park Dr.
Troy, MI 48098


Rajashree Chintak Behera


Rajashree Chintak Behera is one of the brilliant exponents of the Odissi dance. Rajashree’s dance is marked by gaiety, lyricism and beauty. She is trained under Guru Durga Charan Ranbir and Guru Harihar Mohanty in the Odissi style of Late Guru Durga Debaprasad Das. She is a holder of Bisarada Purna in Odissi Dance from Akhila Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal, Mumbai, as well as a Master in Economics from Utkal University, Bhubaneswar.

Accolades
Widely acclaimed Solo Danseuse
Recognized as “A” grade Dancer by Orissa Sangeet Natak Akademi
An ‘A’ grade artiste in DoorDarshan
Recipient of Govt. of India Scholarship (Junior and Senior), Department of Culture
Govt. of India Junior Fellowship in Classical Dance, 1993-1995

Major Performances

India
Apna Utsav, New Delhi, 1986
Yuvs Utsav, Jaipur, 1988
Nritya Pratibha, New Delhi, 1988
Yuva Nritya Samaroha, Jodhpur, 1989
Ghungroo Dance Festival, Bhopal, 1993
Konark Dance Festival, Orissa, 1995
Barabati Nrityotsav, Orissa, 2005
Mukteswar Dance Festival, 2006
Dhauli Mahotsav, 2006
International Odissi Festival, Bhubaneswar, 2006

Abroad
Ethnic Center and Australasia House, Perth, Australia, 1987
China, 1989
North Korea, 1989
Tashkent, Uzbekistan, 1990
Oxford, U.K., 1995
Sofia and Plovdiv, Bulgaria, 1998 and 1999
International Folklore Festival, Bulgaria, 1999
Budapest Farewell Festival, Hungary, 1999
Performance in Germany, 1999
International Odissi Festival, USA, 2003
Lecture Demonstration and Performance, Indiana State University, USA, 2002
Performances and Choreography of Dance Drama for Oriya Convention in Maryland and New Jersey, USA, 2002 and 2003


Press Comments
The Times of India (New Delhi)
“…Confident and with a powerful presence. Rajashree was almost a natural in portraying the Rudra Roop of Shiva. For her, the effort was greater in depicting the peaceful Shankar. She used to advantage her flexible body for greater dramatic impact, especially in the end when the chanting of ‘OM NAMAH SHIVAYA’ was casting a hypnotic spell on the audience…”
The National Courier 5 (Sofia, Bulgaria)

“…Mrs. Rajashree Behera who is one of the famous, youngest and gorgeous performer of Odissi and who had carved out a place for herself in the world of classical dance in India…”

Rajashree resides in Moscow, Russia with her husband, Dr. Subhakanta Behera (I.F.S.) and two children, Ananya and Amruta, and serves as a cultural ambassador of our country, trying to spread the Odissi Dance among the Russian dance lovers. She may be contacted at uini@yahoo.co.uk

Ritha Devi

"Despite setbacks in personal life, Ritha Devi does not flinch from being devoted to dance."



Photo Credut: Shyamhari Chakra

Dance like a woman
By Shyamhari Chakra


Ritha Devi is a luminous dance personality, an extraordinary scholar and a celebrated critic. She is one of the very few Indian dancers to study and perform all the Indian classical dance styles in their orthodox and original form. A contemporary of legends like the late Indrani Rehman and Yamini Krishnamurthy, Ritha Devi is passionate about the art form.

“My passion for dance keeps me going despite setbacks in personal life,” reveals the Pune-based artiste who was in Bhubaneswar to conduct a workshop on Odissi. She was born with a silver spoon. Daughter of a senior councillor of the then Baroda state in pre-independent India, she was related to Rabindranath Tagore and Lakshminath Bezbaruah, the father of modern Assamese literature. She graduated from the University of Bombay and studied English and Sanskrit. Her love and devotion for dance changed her life forever.

“Seeing the great Uday Shankar dance, I fell in love with dance instantly and the day I watched the goddess-like Rukmini Devi, I decided to be a dancer,” recollects the diva who had to suffer the wrath of her father. Her father stopped funding her higher education and she had to part ways with her husband who believed that “dance is not something that girls from decent families do.”

Left to fend for herself after a broken marriage and a son to take care of, the resolute Ritha Devi continued to learn different dance styles from some of the best exponents of her time - Manipuri from Howbom Athomba Singh at Kolkata, Bharatnatyam from Pandanallur Chokkalingam Pillai in Chennai, Mohiniyattam from Kalamandalam Lakshmi and Kathakali from Asan Karunakaran Panikkar in Mumbai, Odissi from Pankaj Charan Das in Puri and Kuchipudi from Vempati Chinna Satyam besides learning Kathak and Sattriya. “I was fortunate that Pandit Ravi Shankar saw my dance in 1958 and recommended me to some of the best event organisers in Europe. That was the turning point of my career,” she confessed.

After Europe, Ritha Devi toured the Soviet Union thrice followed by a long stay in the US. She was invited to teach Indian dance at New York University for 10 years. She was also awarded three fellowships from prestigious American cultural bodies for undertaking choreography and her works have been preserved in the archives of the National Endowment for the Arts there.

By the time Ritha Devi was back in India, the classical dance scene here had undergone a drastic change. “Half-baked gurus, unusually ambitious dancers and their godfathers in politics and bureaucracy were ruling the roost destroying the sanctity of Indian classical dances,” recollected the dancer-scholar who longed to settle down in Mumbai, the city that she loved a lot for the dance circles. But it was an expensive dream. Added to that, an accident damaged one of her knees that confined her to her home in Pune.

“Unfortunately, Pune does not have much scope for dancers,” she confided. “Destiny always conspired against my dreams. But I am too obstinate to bow down”, remarked Ritha Devi who lives alone. She practices dance for three hours everyday, travels attend and review dance festivals, edits dance journals, conducts workshops and teaches dance.



From the Online edition of India's National Newspaper Friday, Oct 05, 2007

For more about Ritha Devi, you will find a video presentation here

Sujata Mohapatra




A distinguished practitioner of Odissi; Ms. Sujata Mohapatra made her initial foray into the dancing arena in her early childhood. Born into a rich cultural background, she grew up in an artistic environment that delicately nourished her creativity and brought out her innate interest in dance.

As the disciple and daughter- in-law of the Late Guru Padmabibhushan Kelucharan Mohapatra, the legendary exponent of Odissi, she was blessed enough to inherit his ardent devotion and blind passion for the classical dance form. The eighteen years of rigorous training under the guidance of her Guru, had eventually moulded her into a graceful performer from a devoted and diligent disciple. She has also learnt Odissi and attended research work at the Odissi Research Centre, Bhubaneshwar.


Apart from being an excellent performer; Ms. Sujata Mohapatra is also actively involved in teaching Odissi. Presently, she holds the designation as the Principal of ‘Srjan’ (Odissi Nrityabhasa), a prime Odissi dance institution founded by Late Guru Padmabibhushan Kelucharan Mohapatra.


For more about Sujata Mohapatra, please visit her website

Or contact her at: srjanbbsr@yahoo.com


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Sunday, July 25, 20


A different odyssey

Sujata Mohapatra, the talented daughter-in-law of the legendary Odissi guru Kelucharan Mohapatra who died some time back, has emerged as one of the most promising Odissi dancers today. Recently, she won the prestigious “Mahari Award”. She talks about her dance and guru in this tête-à-tête with Bibhuti Mishra.

Sujata Mohapatra What does the Mahari Award 2004 mean to you?

Awards always inspire. But I am overjoyed due to more than one reason. The award is instituted by Guru Pankaj Charan Odissi Research Foundation set up in the name of the late guru Pankaj Charan Das who was a guru to my father-in-law Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. So my winning this award has special significance. It is an impetus to young dancers. Besides the award takes its name from the Maharis or the devadasis who used to perform at Lord Jagannath temple. They are the seminal source of Odissi dance. So it’s a rare privilege to be honoured in their name.

It is said that only contacts work for awards.

No. I can assure you that I have not used any contact. I can’t because I am very conscious of the fact that it is guruji’s name linked with mine. But yes, there is lobbying for awards and use of contacts. I wish it were not there.

What is it to be the daughter-in-law of Padmavibhushan Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra?

It is a great responsibility. I have to be careful in everything I do and besides I constantly try to live up to his expectations. But I am also privileged that I watch the great guru from such close quarters. I am happy that I am more known as his disciple than his daughter-in-law. I have learnt a lot from him as a dancer and as a person.

How did you get to be under his tutelage?

I began learning dance at the age of four and a half from my mother Kumudini Mohanty. But when I came to Bhubaneswar and got enrolled in Odissi Research Centre it was the celebrated dancer Kumkum Mohanty who introduced me to Guruji. I thank her for giving me this opportunity.

So how has been the support of your husband?

My husband Ratikanta Mohapatra is a dancer in his own right. He has been the man behind my success. Besides there are women too. My mother and my mother-in-law Laxmipriya Mohapatra, who was a great dancer herself.

You are the Principal of Srjan the Odissi school founded by guruji and run by your husband as its director. So how do you combine performance with teaching?

I teach at Srjan. I also take classes outside. I go to Mumbai to teach Esha and Ahana, the daughters of Hema Malini and go to Kolkata to teach Dona Ganguly, disciple of Guruji and wife of Sourav. I do not think my dance gets affected by teaching. Rather it helps me to keep in form and iron out problems. When I am away on performance tours, others take over and continue till I return.

Being one of the most exciting prospects of Odissi dance, how do you look at Odissi dance today?

Unfortunately not much is happening in Orissa, the land of Odissi whereas many good things and programmes are being conducted outside even abroad. Here we do not find sponsors for Odissi. So it is difficult but I believe there is always a chance for the talented.

Has the popularity of Odissi has been its bane too?

I understand what you are driving at. There is a lot of dilution with Odissi schools mushrooming everywhere. But there has to be some standardisation and codification now that two other great gurus like Pankaj Charan Das and before his Guru Debaprasad Das are no more.

You are a daughter-in-law, a wife and a mother too. How do you balance the demands of this life with that of a dancer?

I am really grateful to God that in this life I have got this opportunity to be the daughter-in-law of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra in whose household I can freely grow as a dancer, thanks to the tremendous support extended by my husband and guru’ma.

Mahari Award

Guru Pankaj Charan Odissi Research Foundation was set up in 1993 in the name of the late Guru Pankaj Charan Das who was a pioneering guru of Odissi. The foundation launched Mahari award in 1995 to encourage young talents in Odissi dance. Over the last 10 years, the award has been conferred on a number of exciting prospects of Odissi dance.


Shradha Chowdhury

Shradha Chowdhury is an Oriya girl from Delhi, now settled in San Francisco. She lived in Japan for 6 years and graduated from Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, topping the College of Asia Pacific Studies. While there she worked with a large electronics firm in Japan and for an NGO that took her around the world for 4 months.


Shradha has learned Odissi from the age of 5 from Guru Hare Krishna Behera and completed Visharad in Odissi from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya. She has performed in India, Kyrgyzstan, China, Thailand and Japan.

Shradha Chowdhury can be contacted at shradhac@gmail.com

Rajika Puri

PHOTO CREDIT: 'Perfume' by STEPHANIE BERGER, 2006,

Rajika Puri is an exponent of Bharatanatyam and Odissi who has performed internationally in solo recitals (including a Command Performance for the President of Mexico), is now known for her innovative explorations of traditional Indian dance and music: Flamenco Natyam, a mosaic of flamenco and Bharatanatyam, danced story telling in which she accompanies herself by singing and chanting the text and songs which she interprets in movement, and Bharatanatyam variations in which she looks at the ancient temple dance form from a post-modern perspective.

Rajika Puri as Kali in The Transposed Heads
PHOTO CREDIT: Gerry Goodstein, 1986


Ms Puri is also an actress. She played ‘Goddess Kali‘, ‘Narrator’, and the voice for several puppets in Julie Taymor’s The Transposed Heads (Lincoln Center Theater), and appeared in the films like Mira Nair’s Mississippi Masala and Danny Leiner’s The Great New Wonderful. Recent productions include Union/Severed, an exploration of two ways of relating to the divine – as lover and as mother – performed to popular western songs sung by Nora York (Asia Society) and traditional Orissi music, and Devi-Malika, danced stories about a ‘garland of goddesses’ (Rubin Museum of Art).

Ms Puri is on the Advisory Council of IAAC.

PHOTO CREDIT: Ken Van Sickle, 2000

Rajika Puri has danced, performed and studied in the Debaprasad Das style of Odissi since 1972; shishya of late Guru Srinath Rauth, and, currently, Guru Durga Charan Ranbir; mentor: Nrityagram since 1992, & Trinayan Collective, NY since inception). Bharatanatyam since early childhood; main guru: Sikkil Ramaswamy Pillai.

PHOTO CREDIT: Ken Van Sickle, 1986


After performing Odissi and Bharatanatyam in solo recital all over Europe, Latin America, India and US, Rajika now follows three main venues:

a) Danced storytelling in which she sings to accompany herself, e.g. Story of Sati, Gita Govinda, Savitri & Yama

b) Exploring strategies for group choreography in solo dance forms like Odissi & Bharatanatyam

c) Experiments with different kinds of music: Bach, Flamenco, Western Song.

Rajika Puri as Kali & La Conja in Flamenco Natyam
PHOTO CREDIT:
Gilles Larraine 1998

HIGHLIGHTS OF ODISSI SOLO-DANCE CAREER:
Command performance for President of Mexico;
Odissi Festivals: Odissi 2000 & Odissi 2003 in Washington D.C.; Shraddanjali in honour of Guru Deba Prasad Das, New Delhi- 1994, 2001, & 2006.


Gita Govinda (UNION/SEVERED) production, by FRANCES HUI 2005


RECENT PRODUCTIONS:
Union/Severed - with singer Nora York, Bansuri master Steve Gorn, & 4 other dancers -
looks at two ways that human beings relate to divinity: as lover & as mother.
Union juxtaposes Jayadeva’s ashta-padi with popular American songs which express similar bhava and rasa; Severed intersperses Kali sloka with medieval latin chants.
Dancers: Aditi Dhruv, Sylvia Lym, Alicia Pascal, and Taiis Pascal. Directed by Yuval Sharon.
Asia Society, May 19-20, 2005 http://www.rajikapuri.com/unionsevered_flier.html

Devi-malika- in duet with Steve Gorn (Bansuri)- a garland of danced stories on the feminine divine in India, commissioned by Rubin Museum, NY, Dec 15, 2005.
Directed by Yuval Sharon.

THIS PROGRAM WILL BE PRESENTED AGAIN:
Jan 17-19, 2008
in The Duke @ 42nd St, NY

Rajika Puri as Radha "Union/Severed" by FRANCES HUI, 2005

Conversations with Shiva:
Bharatanatyam Unwrapped - an exploration of the quintessential elements of this form – Adavu, Hasta, Svara, Sollu, Varna – from a post-modern and minimalist perspective, but placed within the model of a margam recital for multiple bodies in a sacred, yet contemporary, time-space.

"Conversations with Shiva" by JANE KUNG, 2007

Music:
Shobana Raghavan (Vocals), A. R. Balaskandan (Mridangam, Violin),
Anil Srinivasan (Music Advisor); Frank Wolf (Sound engineering and Design).
Dancers: Aditi Dhruv, Alicia Pascal, Shobana Ram, Nirali Shastri, Sonali Skandan, Malini Srinivasan, and Pavithra Vasudevan.
Directed by Yuval Sharon
Joyce SoHo, NY, March 22-25, 2007 http://www.iaac.us/rajika_puri/ensemble.htm

"Conversations with Shiva" by JANE KUNG, 2007


For more information on Rajika Puri, please visit her website

Or email her at info@rajikapuri.com

Facsimile: 1.212.647.1637

Mataji Parama Karuna Devi


Mataji Parama Karuna Devi, the founder of the Jagannatha Vallabha Vedic Research Center, is a writer, a teacher and a social worker. Mataji has been studying and practicing Vedic philosophy and sadhana since 1970, and in 1979 she received her diksha with a Vedic homa consecration ceremony to dedicate her life completely to spiritual work and service to all living entities as the family of God. She translated many religious books and she regularly publishes spiritual discourses on internet, also corresponding with her many students of different nationality and religion who reside both in India and abroad. She established her residence in Purushottama khsetra in 1994.




Mataji Parama Karuna Devi can be reached at paramakaruna@rediffmail.com or
xparamakaruna@yahoo.com

Taisia

Taisia is a seventeen year old Odissi dancer and music lover from from Moscow who has studied Odissi since she was seven years old, first under the guidance of Kiran Sehgal's student Sofia and in 2004, through workshops taught by Guru Ramani Ranjan Jena in Moscow.
Recently she visited Srjan and hopes to go now on a yearly basis.
She feels that studying Odissi theory in Moscow can be a struggle for lack of literary resources, although she is grateful to have recently discovered the support of Rajashree Chintak Behera who lives in Moscow and teaches twice a week.

She is a part of a small dance group, Vandana which practices the Guruji Kelucharan Mohapatra style of Odissi and enjoys Odissi very much.
"You just feel that all your problems have no meaning and everything goes the right way when you dance! No need to perform, no need to show it, you just dance for yourself." -Taisia 10/8/07

Taisia can be reached at Melodissi@livejournal.com or tais17@list.ru

Isha Satapathy

Isha Satapathy, daughter of Smt. Gouri Pratima Satapathy and Sri Ashok Kumar Satapathy was born in 1985. She resides in Cuttack and a received a B.Com. (Accountancy Hons. With Distinction) during her schooling. Isha Satapathy completed Sangeet Visharad Pratham Khand Under Chandigarh University and first began learning Odissi at the age of 5 in 1990. She began her learning Odissi under Padmabibhushan Late Guru Sri Kelucharan Mohapatra and Sri Ratikanta Mohapatra followed by Guru Sri Anil Kumar Lenka and later joined Gunjan Dance Academy in 1999 under the eminent dancer Guru Smt. Meera Das.She has performed in local and national festivals and various places in India and abroad, (such as Germany, Zurich, Singapore, Vienna, Rome, London, Malaysia, Dubai and Muscat). She has also performed in Konark festival, Puri beach festival, Dhauli Mahotsav, Soorya festival, Baliyatra Mahotsav, Barabati Mahotsav, Poush Mela at Shantiniketan, Bishnupur Mela Thalam festival, Swaralaya festival etc.

Isha Satapathycan be reached at is_2002in@yahoo.co.in

Sachiko Murakami

"Odissi dancer Sachiko Murakami is one of the most engaging and moving dancers I've ever witnessed." Shen Flendell


Sachiko Murakami of Osaka, Japan comes to India every year for five months, learns more, performs some and goes back to run a dance school for Odissi. In 1996, she started learning the Mahari style from the U.S.-based Dr. Ratna Roy of the Evergreen State College. From 1999, she would go to the U.S. for six months and return to Osaka. Since 2000, Sachiko comes to India to learn in the Orissa Dance Academy under Guru Gangadhar Pradhan. She has performed abroad in Japan, the U.S. and Canada.
For more on Sachiko Murakami, please visit her website



Sachiko Murakmi can be reached at oda_sachiko@hotmail.com




Siryn

Siryn is a writer and dancer from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Primarily a performer and student of Middle Eastern dance (more popularly known as a bellydance), specializing in the classical Egyptian style, her interest in Odissi was piqued when she interviewed Ramli Ibrahim—described by some as the Nijinsky of Odissi—the Artistic Director of Sutra Dance Theatre, for an article.

After viewing a video of one of Ramli's tours to India with his dancers, she was inspired to begin taking Odissi lessons at Sutra Academy in April 2007. She is drawn to Odissi due to its sensuality, grace and curvaceous movements—characteristics similar to those of bellydance—yet finds its intricate footwork and use of abhinaya refreshingly challenging and different. Siryn is currently trying to learn as much as she can about this dance, as well as Hindu mythology and Indian culture.
She also enjoys reading, beading, costuming, cooking, travel, swimming, writing, yoga, music, film, theatre, and the internet. She records her thoughts on Odissi at her blog, Notes on Odissi ( http://odissi-notes.blogspot.com/) and can be reached at sirynthedancer@gmail.com.

Vijay Ratnam

Vijay Ratnam is a married Project Manager (IS&S) at General Motors and lives in Troy, Michigan, USA. He also facilitates the Sanchitaa Odissi Dance Foundation and "supports the spread of Odissi dance in communities worldwide".

He can be reached at Vijay (248-526-9545) or email: vratnam@yahoo.com

Ipsita Satpathy

Ipsita Satpathy is an Odissi dancer and teacher in the Chicago (USA) area and would like to connect with other Odissi lovers and dancers. She is also the Director of the"Odissi Dance Academy" which hosts Odissi programs and workshops with guest and local artists for the promotion of Odissi in the greater Chicago Area.

Ipsita Satpathy can be reached at imahapatra6@yahoo.com

Esha Bandyopadhya

Esha Bandyopadhyay is a student of Srjan Odissi Nrutyabasa, the institution founded by late Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, often considered the founding father of modern-day Odissi dance. She studies Odissi in San Francisco, where she is a practicng attorney, and senior disciple of Niharika Mohanty. She previously returned to India yearly to study with Guru Mohapatra, and now continues her study with his daughter-in-law, Sujata Mohapatra. She performs widely throughout California, and in India.

Esha Bandyopadhya can be reached at ebandy@gmail.com

Dharmacharini Devi

Dharmacharini Devi's interest in Odissi dance is more philosophical and spiritual than artistic. She started the Jagannatha Vallabha Vedic Research Center near Puri which can be viewed at www.jagannatha.net

Dharmacharini Devi can be reached at dharmacharini@yahoo.com

Reshmee

Reshmee is currently learning Odissi dance and has a keen interest in cultural activities. She joined the Odissi Discussion group "to communicate and exchange views with like minded people".

Reshmee can be reached at reshmeemail@gmail.com

Aurosmita Acharya

Aurosmita Acharya is from Bhubaneswar, Orissa and has learned Odissi since her childhood days. She has been associated with this classical dance form for over seventeen years. She received the Singarmani title for the year 2007, after performing in the 46th annual Kal-ke-Kalakar dance festival. Her guru is Pitambar Biswal.

Aurosmita Acharya can be reached at auroodissi@yahoo.com

Sanchita Bhattacharya

Bestowed with the title Shree Kshetra Mahari (meaning Devadasi) in 2005 from Jagannath Temple Puri (one of the highest order for Odissi), phenomenal danseuse Sanchita Bhattacharya is truly "..an ambassador of Odissi dance around the world", as says Edmonton Journal ( 4th June 04 ,Canada). Sanchita, about whom The New York Times has remarked ". Her dance has been described as perfection, is mesmerising and wooing the audience world over", from Madison Sq Garden (in NY, probably the only Indian classical dancer to perform at this most prestigious and one of the largest auditoriums in the world), to Arcosanti Arizona, to Esplanade Theater (Singapore), to World culture concert (at Hull by UK govt ), to Provincial Museum Alberta( Canada), to duet with Tap and Flamingo (Toledo- Spain) to Sankat Mochan Festival (Varanasi), to Opening Ceremony of ISCKON temple Delhi graced by then PM Shri Atal Behari Bajpai to Sutanuti Utsav Kolkata and many many more. A disciple of both the two resurrector-doyens of Odissi, Gurus Mayadhar Raut and Padmabibhusan Kelucharan Mahapatra and a recipient of Kalpataru Award (2000)from Delhi ,Sanchita is not only a spellbinding Odissi soloist , she has also represented Indian Classical dance in many prestigious world culture forums. She along with Ustad Zakir Hussain were the only lecturers from Indian Music and dance in 03, amongst galaxy of high profile lecturers like Jane Fonda, Dr Deepak Chopra, Margie Gilles etc at Omega(USA) ,the worlds largest continuing education center. World culture concert for education on international culture was organized at Hull by UK govt (participated by artistes from all over) where Sanchita was the only artiste invited to represent India. At the Rocky mountain summit of Euro- American Noble laureates (04) she was specially invited to perform at the closing ceremony.
Banking on her strengths- ultimate devotion and excelling expressions, vigorous and strong footwork and sculptureous gestures, Sanchita has made her mark as Odissi choreographer of repute depicting traditional and humanitarian subjects which are socially relevant today. Her latest project “The Draupadi Phenomenon ” demanding dignity for today’s women has earned accolade all over.Sanchita is a web lecturer of the site www.world-body.org, a global forum dealing with the thoughtful exchange of ideas, accessible to government of different countries. She also lecture demonstrated at Duke University, University of Colorado, Antioch collage, University of Alberta(Canada) ,University of Duluth Minnesota , Brown University etc.
She successfully runs Sanchita Dance Foundation in Calcutta with branches in USA where Odissi talim is given on one to one basis . She dreams to build up a movement spreading this unique dance form and the philosophy of it and to create a world base for aspiring danseuse.Sanchita Bhattacharya can be reached at sanchitabhattacharya@hotmail.com
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