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||Melinda Gates: The Moment of Lift
||Dancing the Gods - Night One: Kalanidhi Dance
||Rasa - "Evoking Emotions"
Choreography by Anuradha Nehru and Kishore Mosalikanti
Music composed by B.V. Balasi
In Rasa, the nine emotions of classical Indian theater unfold in a harmonious blend of traditional and contemporary movement. The work uses the time-honored Indian epic Ramayana as a narrative backdrop from which to explore the navarasa through narrative dance and abstract group choreography. The result is what The Washington Post called a seamless blend of "traditional and contemporary elements in a fully realized evening."
Kalanidhi Dance performs classical and original works using the timeless visual vocabulary of Kuchipudi, one of India's eight classical dance forms. Guided by Founder and Artistic Director Anuradha Nehru, Kalanidhi seeks to push Kuchipudi in new and exciting directions while remaining authentic to its style. Over the last decade, Kalanidhi has collaborated across genres and musical styles to critical acclaim, presenting Kuchipudi to Yanni, Philip Glass, and Ravi Shankar, and performing with Opera Lafayette, The New York Baroque Dance Company, and the Sean Curran Company. The New York Times has called Kalanidhi "a combination of bright energy, full-bodied sweetness and rapid precision" and "a rare amalgam of prime dance virtues."
||Dancing the Gods - Night Two: Sujata Mohapatra
||A leading exponent of Odissi, Sujata Mohapatra completed more than eighteen years of training under the guidance of her guru, the late Padma Vibhushan Kelucharan Mohapatra, legendary exponent of Odissi, and simultaneously with her husband guru Ratikant Mohapatra. She also underwent a valuable stint at the Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odissi Research Centre.
Gifted with a resilient body, amazing stamina, and large luminous eyes, Sujata has a compelling stage presence. A rare combination of intensity and spontaneity, her dance is noted in particular for its strict adherence to her guru’s style, known for its grace, depth of expression, and technical exactitude.
Sujata has performed extensively, both in solo recitals and as a member of her guru’s institution Srijan (Odissi Nrityabhasa), in all the major cities of India - and internationally. She has received accolades and awards from leading cultural institutions in India, including the latest Sangeet Natak Akademi Puraskar award. Sujata is currently Principal of Srjan and actively involved in teaching Odissi both there and in her very popular workshops around the world.
Sujata will perform a traditional solo Odissi recital of works by her guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, accompanied by live music that traditionally includes vocals, percussion, flute and violin.
|| Doors open 4pm
||Hyde Leadership Charter School Commencement 2019