Naman Odissi Festival
Seva Sadan, 5.30pm
August 5, 2012 Bangalore
July 23, 2012
Bangalore based Odissi institution Nrityantar holds its 3rd Odissi dance festival NAMAN 2012.
Date: August 5, 2012
Venue: Seva Sadan, Malleswaram, Bengaluru
All are invited.
The word, ‘Naman’ meaning ‘salutation’ is a tribute to the guru. The event offers a sumptuous array of finest Odissi dance performances and is a humble attempt to bring together and showcase varied styles and schools of Odissi dance. In its last two editions, the festival has showcased some of the biggest names in the field, like Aruna Mohanty and Sangeeta Dash, to a full and overflowing Seva Sadan hall.
Naman was inaugurated by esteemed Odissi guru Guru Gangadhar Pradhan in 2010. His worthy disciple and one of the finest Odissi dancers of this generation, Bijayini Satpathy from the famed dance village Nrityagram at Hessarghatta, Bengaluru, is sure to enchant the audiences with her impeccable artistry. The event also features the rare talented, Sonali Mohapatra, a gifted hearing-impaired artiste from Bhubaneswar. Pabitra Kumar Pradhan from Bhubaneswar will add beauty to the event with delightful duet rendition with partner Sridutta Bhol. The event is to be graced by senior gurus like Bhanumati, Usha Venkateswaran, Veena Murthy Vijay, Minal Prabhu, dancers, critics, scholars and many dignitaries from the art world.
For further details and queries:
Nrityantar Academy of Performing Arts
419, 2nd Cross, OMBR Layout, Bengaluru 560043
Ph: +91-80-42052233 / +91-9945026961 / +91-9972530600
Bijayini Satpathy began her training when she was seven years old at the Orissa Dance Academy, Bhubaneswar. Her first gurus were Guru Gangadhar Pradhan and Guru Kanduri Charan Behara. With each passing year, even as her training progressed, her thirst for knowledge grew sharper and she began to search for more. This quest brought her to Nrityagram in 1993 under the guidance of Protima Gauri and in collaboration with Surupa Sen. The concentration on dance and involvement with other practitioners of performing arts that the system in Nrityagram fosters, gave her the perfect environment to grow.
Her skills in abhinaya were polished by Kalanidhi Narayanan and creative dance and choreography mastered under the guidance of Ranjabati Sircar and Mahesh Mahbubani. Renowned dancers and choreographers, from all over the world, have given a new dimension to her traditional foundation. She has also trained in martial art forms like Chhau, Kalaripayattu and Aikido.
Bijayini has performed all over India and the globe. She is one of two soloists to graduate from Nrityagram and has achieved national and international recognition for the sheer perfection of her dance. At present, she is the Director of the Odissi Gurukul at Nrityagram and is involved in the training of a new generation of dancers. She is also actively involved in creating new training techniques for classical dance and in extending the vocabulary of traditional Odissi.
Sonali Mohapatra is an incomparable Odissi dancer. At an early age of 5, Sonali lost a major portion of her hearing. In the left ear, she lost 100% and in the right ear 80% hearing due to medical negligence, which was not repairable. In such a difficult condition she developed the knack for Odissi dance. It was a tough challenge for her for learning any form of dance and music; the basic need is ‘shruti’ (hearing) with which one can have the understanding of ‘swara’ and ‘taal’. She is unable to hear music and lyrics properly. She can only make out the rhythm with the help of a hearing instrument. In the bit of taal, she feels the lyric and the music. Thus, her presentation becomes flawless. Her father who gives her vocal support, also made her understand different talas and their ‘layakariyan’ from her childhood till date, whereas her mother guided, escorted and helped her continue her training. She also helped her understand and know the theories of the art form with the help of dance books and magazines. Her brothers helped her develop her communication skills and speech, and today she is able to speak and verbally communicate by observing lip movement and sound.
Her first guru Truptimayee Mohanty taught her Odissi till her Visharad degree. She continued her training under the able guidance of Guru Durgacharan Ranbir. Her tremendous efforts and dedication, Guru Durgacharan’s teachings and blessings, and goodwill of family members, made her prove that she is one amongst the best dancers of Guru Debaprasad Das gharana.
PABITRA KUMAR PRADHAN
Pabitra Kumar Pradhan started receiving his training at Orissa Dance Academy at the age of fifteen. Bestowed with a captivating stage presence, Pabitra has featured in major festivals and has performed widely at places like Raipur, New Delhi, Bhopal, Ahmedabad, Guwahati Tanjavur, Pondicherry and Bangalore. He has been awarded the senior national scholarship from the Ministry of HRD, Govt. of India. As a soloist, he has performed in the prestigious ‘Dhauli Mahotsav’ and ‘Nritya Pratibha’ organized by Sangeet Natak Akademi. Sponsored to the 20th spring Friendship Art Festival, Pyongyang, North Korea by ICCR, he has also performed in the major cities of USA and UK. Being a talented performer and excellent instructor he is also bestowed with the talent of choreographing new items keeping intact the essence of Odissi.
Trained and groomed in Orissa Dance Academy, Sridutta is one of the most versatile dancers of her generation. She holds the ‘Sringarmani’ title from Sur Sringar Sansad, Mumbai. Apart from sustaining a brilliant career, Sridutta endeavours to master every technique of Odissi. At a young age, she has given performances in Ujjain, Raipur, Chennai, New Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. Sridutta has performed in many cities of USA, UK, Germany, Italy, Serbia, Croatia and Slovakia.
NRITYANTAR ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS
Nrityantar is a humble attempt to promote and preserve India’s rich pluralistic cultural legacy by promoting and teaching classical dances, and nurturing finest talents. Nrityantar organises regular and special Odissi dance classes at various places in the city. It organises lecture demonstrations, dance programs and performances for art lovers, connoisseurs and everyone for the promotion and popularisation of our rich art forms, to create awareness and to instill a sense of responsibility in individuals, institutions and society towards promotion and preservation of our proud art forms.