Sandhyadipa Kar

Sandhyadipa is an eminent Odissi Dancer. Trained under the tutelage of Padmavibhusan Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, she has peformed all over the world with revered exponents of Odissi like, her Guru and Padmashree (Late) Sanjukta Panigrahi. She was awarded the title of ‘Sringar Mani’ by Sur Sringar Samsad, Mumbar for excellence in Odissi Dance.

Sandhyadipa has been teaching Odissi dance for the last 15 years. While in India, she was a part of Padmavibhusan Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra’s dance academy. She has also been involved in a number if Odissi workshops with her Guru.

Sandhyadipa is currently settled in Cleveland and is actively involved in performing, promoting and teaching Odissi Dance.

Sandhyadipa can be reached at

August 27-29: Nayika - A Woman in Love

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She prepares for his arrival, selecting each flower, each piece of jewelry, and carefully placing it in preparation. Her friends are nearby and giggle in their excitement for the night she has before her. She settles at the edge of her bed and waits, and waits, and waits.....

Scheherazaad Cooper depicts the classical Indian story of the Nayika, a young heroine, through one sleepless night. Eight delineated emotional states of a woman in love are highlighted through postures of Odissi dance and theatrical story-telling.

Featuring Riaz Rhemtulla, an accomplished Kathak dancer from the UK.

August 27-29th 8pm


The Firehall Arts Centre
280 Cordova St East
Vancouver, BC
V1A 2B3

Tickets & Info:
(604) 689-0926
$15 Adults $12 Students/Seniors

July 31 - Aug 5: Konark Dance & Music Festival, Orissa

Dear Art lover,
KONARK NATYA MANDAP Celebrating Jhulana Utsav 2009,
From 31st July to 5th August 2009 at Konark Natya Mandap Indoor Hall, Konark.

Konark Dance & Music Festival
Celebrating the Silver jubilee in 2010
MEGA EVENT of the Millennium from 19th to 23rd feb
Arka Vihar, Konark - 752111,
Puri, Orissa, India
Mobile : +91 9437308022, 9937008022

Pandit Panna Lal Upadhyay

Aug 14: Dance Drama Raas Lila, Kolkata

Friday, August 14, 2009, 6:00 PM

On the auspicious day of 'Nandotsav', 14th August, 2009 EZCC presents :

Odissi Dance Drama : Raas Lila
(Based on Padabali Kirtan)

By : Odissi Exponent Smt Debamitra Sengupta & Her team of Mayur Lalit

At 'Purbashree' Auditorium,
EZCC, Bharatiyam Cultural Multiplex,
IB 201, Saltlake

July 25: Lecture/Demo by Rahul Acharya, California

Odissi Lecture/Demonstration by Rahul Acharya

Saturday, July 25 3:00p to 6:00p
at Church of the Epiphany, San Carlos, CA

Kalashri Sangha rejuvenated to present a unique lecture/demonstration on Spirituality in Odissi Dance and Late Guru Debaprasad Das' style by Rahul Acharya.
Recently awarded the Bismillah Khan Award from Sangeet Natak Akademi, Sri Rahul Acharya is extremely knowledgable about the development of Odissi dance and the religious history of Orissa and especially about Lord Jagannath having recently published a book over 500 pages about Orissa's main deity.

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Kalashri Sangha rejuvenated to present a unique lecture/demonstration on Spirituality in Odissi Dance and Late Guru Debaprasad Das' style by Rahul Acharya.
Recently awarded the Bismillah Khan Award from Sangeet Natak Akademi, Sri Rahul Acharya is extremely knowledgable about the development of Odissi dance and the religious history of Orissa and especially about Lord Jagannath having recently published a book over 500 pages about Orissa's main deity.

Categories: Dance, Classical
Creator: gurushradha
Creator: gurushradha

October 14: 4th Devdasi National Dance Festival

The 4th Devdasi National Dance Festival featuring all Indian classical dance styles will be underway in Bhubaneswar from October 14 to 16.
The hosts are looking for an Odissi dancer from abroad.
If interested, please write to:

Cell. 91-94371-08815

Parwati Dutta

Guru and researcher Parwati Dutta started her dance journey at the age of three in Bhopal. She specialised in Kathaks under Pandi Birju Maharaj and trained in Odissi under Madhavi Mudgal. She is currently the Director of Mahatma Gandhi Mission Sangeet Academy, Aurangabad which is devoted to the dissemination, training and promotion of the ancient classical performing arts base on Guru Shishya tradition.

The institute has blended the traditional gurukul pattern with modern electronic media and presents 'anubhuti' art appreciation series in educational institutes free of charge. This session comprises of lec-dem with a CD-ROM di play giving information about the art form and its various aspects.

In August 2007 Parwatic Dutta led an initiative, Vrinda-Gaan, which involved more than 4000 staff and students of the Mahatman Gandhi Mission, and is currently working on a publication of the devnagari transliteration of the Champus with meanings and music notation
For more information about Parwati Dutta, please visit her website
or contact her at

Calling artists for Nruthya Bhushana-2009

Classical theme based National Dance Festival at MYSORE
28th, 29th & 30th of November
Jagan Mohan Palace, Mysore

Mysore, patronized by the erstwhile Maharajas, is always known for its rich art and culture. Many dance festivals are conducted in this cultural capital of Karnataka throughout the year. But the need for an intellectual, classic and cut above the rest performers, (who were good, be it upcoming, amateur or professional dancers) Meet is very much needed which has been taking shape in the form of this beautiful and enchanting annual dance festival Nruthya BHUSHANA hosted by the city very well known dance centre Bhushans Academy. BHUSHANS ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS AND VISUAL PRESENTATION, an academy par excellence in the field of Bharatanatyam and Contemporary dances, headed by Guru Sri Badari Divya Bhushan and Guru Smt Anjana Bhushan, popularly known as HUSHANS has come up with this dream project once again after the successful.

Abhinaya Bhushan for professional dancers,

Purusha Bhushana for male and couple dancers,
Udbhava Bhushana for child prodigies,
Nruthya Bhushana for upcoming Dancers,
Vrunda Bhushana for group presentations,
"Visistha Bhushana" for contemporary Presenatations,
"Poshaka Bhushana'' for dancers abroad since 2005

Artists from across India will be chosen meticulously to be a part of this festival. Performances will be in the form of solo, duet, couple and group presentations which will be a visual treat for the art lovers of Mysore . Different classical forms like, Bhratanatyam, Kathak, odissi, Mohiniyattam, Manipuri and Kuchipudi with specially worked themes are being presented at the festival.

The objective of this venture is to encourage and promote upcoming talent not only by providing them a national level platform but also to inculcate and provoke the intellectual and creative instincts in the dancers for the betterment of the art form. The entire festival is packed with symposiums, lecture demonstrations, competitions (for young budding talent) and performances (for upcoming and accomplished artistes) wherein each artiste will be given thought provoking and unique themes to portray their talent and versatility. Artists in the age group of 14 to 35 can send in their applications, brochure, snaps and a performance Cd before September25th.

For further details please contact:

#894, 4th Main, Saraswathipuram, Mysore-23
Ph;0821-2544082 09342178049 , 09342116365 , 9844857948

Aditi Bandyopadhyay

Aditi Bandyopadhyay is a dancer, performer, choreographer and teacher of odissi dance. She trained under the tutelage of late Padmabibhushan Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra, Guru Giridhari Nayak, Smt Amala Shankar, and more presently under Guru Smt Sutapa Talukdar. Her parents Indrani and Asok Bandyopadhyay who were great conoisseurs of art had always been her sole inspiration.

Aditi is a physician who has a graduate degree in medicine and surgery (MBBS) from Calcutta National Medical College, Calcutta University.

Aditi has presented 176 solo dance recitals in India and in different parts of the world, and has choreographed several dance productions of her own. Her own productions, Teen Katha and Sri Krishna Prem Gatha, have received immense appreciation at prestigious music conferences. She is the creative director of Nrityaneer, a dance institution she founded, and has presented a number of dance recitals in India with her dance troupe. She has also worked with mentally challenged children through the medium of dance and music.

In 1998, Aditi was invited to Sweden and Denmark, where she presented several solo dance recitals and conducted two dance workshops. She was felicitated by the Indian ambassador in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Aditi's solo performance and dance choreographies with her students have featured on Indian television (Doordarshan), and her dance has been appreciated by press critics in different leading newspapers and magazines.

She is the recipient of the M. P. Birla special talent award (1996), Jadubhatta Purashkar (1998) and was honoured by Indian Museum in 1997.

Currently, Aditi is settled in Columbia, Missouri, USA, with her husband Dr Subharup Guha and her eleven months old son, Ishan. She is continuing her solo performances and choreographic presentations in mid Missouri. She is the dance director of MUDRA an organisation for Indian classical dance at the University of Missouri Columbia.

A dance choreographed by her based on Kalidasa's Meghdoot was staged at Jesse Auditorium, University of Missouri-Columbia on October 27, 2007. Her choreography opened India's presentation at Columbia's International Fashion Festival in March 2008. Recently, Aditi's students in Columbia performed a dance item on Goddess Durga at an Indian classical music program.

Aditi's most recent solo dance presentations were at St. Louis Indian Dance Festival 2008 organized by Soorya Dance Company, Durga Puja Festival at Gandhi Center, St Louis organized by 'Punascha', Durga Puja Festival at Hindu Temple, Omaha organized by Bengali Association of Nebraska, and at the Celebrations of Culture at the University of Missouri-Columbia organized by the Multicultural Society.

Aug 1: Shatarupa, Kolkata

Srishti Dances of India

invites you to


An evening of innovative Odissi choreography

Sreyashi Dey, Manoranjan Pradhan and the

Srishti Dances of India ensemble (USA)

Highlighting the lyrical grace and sculptural motifs of Odissi,

Shatarupa is a unique performance of striking beauty, showcasing

exciting new pieces in the Odissi style, featuring the acclaimed Srishti


accompanied by distinguished musicians from Orissa

Introductory remarks by noted playwright-director Bibhash Chakravorty

Saturday, August 1, 2009


Gyan Manch

11 Pretoria Street

Middleton Row

Kolkata 700071

Free admittance


www.srishtidances. org

Anita Babu

For Anita Babu, “Life is Work & Work is Life”. This is so true for many people who have decided to dedicate their life to their profession. And Anita is one of them. But at the same time Anita also believes in not running away from other worldy duties. She is a teacher, dancer, housewife, mother, sister, daughter and a daughter-in-law, all rolled into one. And still she manages to do justice to all these roles with aplomb.

Coming from a simple Oriya middle-class family, she started learning Odissi at the age of 7 in her school before she became a disciple of Guru Gangadhar Pradhan and has remained ever since. In a society where girls learning dance after a certain age was looked down upon, she got the unstinted support of her family to continue with her dance but without ignoring normal education. Inspite of a lot of time being dedicated to Odissi, she still completed her Master in Arts degree in Anthropology from Utkal University.

Anita has been learning this dance form at the Orissa Dance Academy, Bhubaneswar, an institution set-up by Guru Gangadhar Pradhan. Senior dancers of ODA like Nandita Pattnaik, Aruna Mohanty and Bichitrananda Swain have also played an important role in laying the foundations of Anita early in her life. She has been refining her dancing skills under the constant guidance and encouragement of her Guru as well as of the other senior students of the academy like Bichitrananda Swain and Aruna Mohanty.

Over the years, Anita has given numerous performances not only through the length and breadth of India but also overseas in countries like Nepal and United States. She has participated and performed at various festivals, namely the Konark Dance Festival, Puri Beach Festival, Pallavostava, etc. She is also a regular performer on Doordarshan, the national TV network and is also an empanelled artiste in ICCR in the Reference Panel of Artistes.

Her dedication to Odissi and pursuit of excellence finally paid result when she was selected by ICCR from among a galaxy of artistes to go on a long tour of the US of A from September to mid-November 2003 in which she gave more than 17 performances and 5 lec-dems.

With the blessings of Lord Jagannath, her Guru, well wishers, patrons and sponsors Anita is determined to scale greater heights as a dancer and also make Odissi Natya Sala a premier institute for learning Odissi dance in India.

For more about Anita Babu, please visit her website

July 18: The Man Divine, Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards Festival

Indian Revival Group presents

The Man Divine

Manâs Journey from despair to hope.

A Dance â Theatre based on Tagore Poem Shishu Tirthaâ

On Saturday, 18th July


Sangeet Natak Akademi Awards Festival

Meghdoot Theatre, 7.30 pm

Duration 40 minutes

On the occasion of

Yog Sunder Desai,

founder of Indian Revival Group

being awarded Govt. of Indias Sangeet Natak Akademi Award

by the President of India

Entry Free. All are invited.

July 15-19: 23rd World Congress on Dance Research, Spain

23rd World Congress on Dance Research

and 18th General Assembly of the CID

Malaga, Spain, 15-19 July 2009

You are cordially invited to attend the largest gathering of dance specialists world-wide, the best opportunity to showcase one's work to a wide audience of practitioners, dance teachers, choreographers, researchers, journalists, organizers and suppliers.

Over 500 conferees from 5 countries of the 5 continents are attended this year.

The 9-hours-a-day program in parallel rooms includes:

- Research reports (papers) are presented and discussed among peers

- Lectures on original subjects resulting from long experience

- Classes, where teachers give a short demonstration of their method

- Performances by dance companies, duos or solos

- Video projections presenting choreographies or full performances

- Exhibitions and sale of books, records, pictures, costumes, accessories etc.

- Evenings where members can discuss in a relaxed setting or dance to local music.

- Visits to places of special interest, such as dance schools, museums, sites etc.

All forms of dance are represented. Strictly non-profit.

Not to be confused with festivals, workshops, competitions, forums or open conferences.

The congress is organized by the Delegation of Spain and the Malaga Section of CID, in collaboration with the International Dance Council CID. Venue is the Gran Teatro Cervantes in the city center.

Intended primarily for professionals, it is a trade fair and a participatory event, facilitating contacts with colleagues and informal discussions.

Submitting a presentation (research report, lecture-demonstration, class, performance, exhibition, projection) is optional. For each presentation a text must be sent before 30 May 2009.

Absentee presenters can register also; their presentations will be included in the program and in the proceedings. The proceedings DVD circulates worldwide in many thousands of copies; it is sent free of charge upon registration, together with other gifts.

To apply for a visa to consulates and/or financial assistance, registered participants receive an official certificate. Please make arrangements as early as possible.

Congress website:


    • The International Dance Council CID is the official umbrella organization for all forms of dance in all countries of the world.
    • CID is recognized by UNESCO, national and local governments, international organizations and institutions.
    • Its members are the most prominent federations, associations, schools, companies and individuals in more than 150 countries.
    • CID was founded in 1973 within the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, where it is based.
    • UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.

Permanent Headquarters:
International Dance Council CID

UNESCO, 1 rue Miollis, FR-75732
Paris 15,

The CID current President’s office:
Dora Stratou Dance Theater,
Scholiou 8, Plaka, GR-10558
Athens, Greece

Tel. (30)210 324 4395 & 210 324 6188;
fax (30)210 324 6921

August: Black Bakhkhai Collective Festival, Gurgaon

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Feb 19-23: Konark Dance & Music Festival

KDMF by you.

Konark Dance & Music Festival
Celebrating the Silver jubilee in 2010
MEGA EVENT of the year from 19th to 23rd feb
Sibashis Pradhan
Co ordinator
Arka Vihar, Konark - 752111,
Puri, Orissa, India
Mobile : +91 9437308022, 9937008022

July 16: Sumina Das, New Delhi

Dear Friends

India International Centre



An Odissi dance recital


Sumina Das

Senior disciple of Guru Mayadhar Raut and Madhumita Raut

To honour the invaluable contribution of her Guru to Odissi dance


On 16th July 2009, 6:30 PM

at India International Centre,

40, Max Mueller Marg, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi

You all are cordially invited

As a staunch believer in Guru Shishya Parampara, Sumina Das continues to train under guruji and aspires to propagate his teachings worldwide.

Sumina's forte lies in her strong rhythmic footwork, effortless, sculpturesque postures and soulful Abhinaya (the expression form of dance), all of which are characteristics o f Mayadhar Raut school of odissi dance.

July 21: Shradhanjali, Bhubaneshwar

Yuval Cohen

Yuval Cohen is the only Odissi dancer in Israel.. He recently returned to Israel after training in Odissi for seven years in India


He recieved a scholarship from the Indian government (ICCR) and in the year 2007 completed a BA degree in Odissi dance in the Indian University of Classical Arts (GHANDHARVA MAHAVIDYALAYA). The dances he studied are a essential part of the classical tradition of Orissa.
Yuval has been dancing since 1985 and choreographing since 1997. Was a member in the "Batsheva" dance company (Israel) and in ensemble "Dance Berlin" (Germany, Artistic director - Yossi Tamim), and performed his pieces; "Metzashortakavana" and "The Peacock Dance of the Gods" worldwide.

During his studies Yuval created solo pieces that are based on the influence of the Vedas (the Indian ancient scriptures) and his personal connection to the divine aspect. when initiated, Yuval received the name "Sri Nataraj Das" which in Sanskrit means: "the Servant of the Lord of Dance". In the Vedic tradition Krishna is the supreme personality of godhead and his most beloved pastime is dancing.

Being that Yuval is the only Odissi dancer in Israel, he is particularly happy to connect with other Odissi dancers around the world through the Odissi Discussion Group.

Yuval-Nataraja Das can be reached at

Ray Hesselink

[Bichitrananda Swand and Ray Hesselink]

Ray Hesselink is a Director/Choreographer living and working in New York City. Ray has presented choreography at various festivals and venues around NYC, most recently at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Ray specializes in creating character driven choreography and excels at comedic storytelling through dance. Ray loves to make people laugh! As a dance instructor, Ray has had the privilege to help train the children currently performing in Broadway's Billy Elliot: The Musical. Ray is on staff at the Broadway Dance Center and Steps on Broadway in NYC. He also coaches actors privately. Ray holds a B.A. from the School of Theater at UCLA.

Ray has studied Odissi for many years and is now under the guidance of Guru Bichitrananda Swain.

Feel free to email Ray at and visit his website

July 11: Mayadhar Raut Gharana Performance, New Delhi

Dear All,

'Guruve Numaha'

As a mark of respect to Guruji's (Guru Mayadhar Raut) on his 79th birthday....

Senior dancers of Mayadhar Raut Gharana presents unique solo choreographies,
landmarks in his lifetime of service to Odissi.

You are cordially invited

India International Center
40, Maxmullar Marg. Lodhi Estate, New Delhi
11th July 2009 at 7:00 pm

Madhumita Raut

Guest artist: Rajani Ghirwa (Holland)
Visits Since Sept 15, 2007