Bharat Prem Katha: Kundalika and Mrigaya
May 20, 2023
Building upon the three pillars of dance, process, practice and performance, Odissi dancer-choreographer Sharmila Biswas has devised a series of online classes on Bharat Prem Katha to be taught over one year.
"Getting into the skin of 8 women from the epics, and understanding their love stories have been possible because of the intense online study we did last year, on Nayika Bhed - some of my favourite dancers and I. They have motivated me to choreograph Bharat Prem Katha."
- Sharmila Biswas
Video trailer of Kundalika
Choreographed by Sharmila Biswas, the music composition is by Suramani Ramesh Chandra Das & Vijaya Kumar Barik with voice by Srijan Chatterjee
The spiral is one of humanity's most ancient and mysterious symbols. It starts from the central point and encompasses the universe.
Circle symbolises the path of enlightenment, the generative force, and, the unlimited within.
Spirals are everywhere, from shells to the movement of electrons, from fingerprints to the shape of hurricanes, from the vortexes that we can see in a soap bubble to the whirl of a whirlpool and the flight of birds.
‘Kundalika' the dance composition reflects these ideas.
The foundation comes from the 22 Bhramaris, Guruji had listed, which again were based on the 7 Bhramaris of Abhinaya Darpan.
One Bhramari dissolves into the next, and opens doors for endless possibilities.
Video trailer of Mrigaya
Chitrangada in Abhisar
Royal by birth. A princess. The Crown Prince. A warrior, a hunter. In love with Arjun.
She goes to meet Arjun, trying to follow the guidelines for a bashful girl going for Abhisar. But the boy in her makes this journey a hunting expedition.
This choreography explores a boy and a girl’s instincts, existing together. Typical hunting movements are juxtaposed with the codified Abhisarika ones, creating a dramatic and hilarious story.
The composition gives good scope to display pure dance and abhinaya
DIVERSITIES & CODIFICATIONS
DIVERSITIES & CODIFICATIONS by Sharmila Biswas
From March 2023-February 2024, 5 choreographies will be taught in 5 sessions with classes on Thursdays / 4 - 5.30pm / 7 - 8.30pm IST. Students can enroll for the entire yearly sessions, or monthly sessions of their choice.
Suchana: on postures, gaits and facial flexibility
Bhramari: on 22 circular movements of Odissi
Music in footwork: on precision, speed in footwork
Shiv-Parvai Shabda: Masculine and Feminine expressions
Dashaprana: 10 attributes in 4 Taalas of Odissi
ONLINE AND PHYSICAL CLASSES
Online classes (March 2023 - February 2024)
Bharat Prem Katha: Love stories of 8 epic women for dancers of all styles will be taught on Mondays (4 - 5:30pm / 7 - 8:30pm)
5 Odissi dances will be taught on Thursdays (4 - 5:30pm / 7 - 8:30pm)
Odissi basic technique will be covered on Saturdays (4:30 - 6:30pm)
The Annual Festival - 'Story Tellers' will take place in the last week of February 2024
Institute: +91-33-24227597 / +91-9051345386
Kathakali Jana is administrative and events head at the ITC Sangeet Research Academy in Kolkata. She spends most of her free time watching performances and works as a freelance dance writer and reviewer.
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