Caroline Upasana Martin

(USA - India - Nepal)

Caroline Upasana Martin's six years of study in Kalakshetra Bharatanatyam became a foundation to explore sacred dances of South Asia. In Nepal, she studies the Vajrayana Buddhist devotional dance Newar Charya Nrtya, based on the Tantric Charyapada once practiced throughout Orissa, Bengal, Assam & Nepal. In Delhi, she has recently began learning Odissi in the style of Surendranath Jena with Pratibha Jena Singh.

Caroline's work concerns both the internal bhakti experience involved in "transforming" oneself into the divine, as well as in studying and transmitting the historical and cultural connections between the region's sculpture, literature, arts and spiritual practices, in both Buddhist and Hindu traditions. She is currently working on a living presentation of the Yogini Mandala, and presents lecture-demonstrations of Newar Charya Nrtya.

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