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Bharat Prem Katha: Love stories of 8 epic women

July 5, 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

Choreographed by Sharmila Biswas, the music composition and vocals are by Srijan Chatterjee.

Bharat Prem Katha - Sharmila Biswas

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, Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra had listed, which again were based on the 7 Bhramaris of Abhinaya Darpana.

One Bhramari dissolves into the next, and opens doors for endless possibilities.

Promo video for Kundalika

Mandodari as Vasaksajjika

Vaasar is a story of passion and intense tragedy. It is about how the make-believe world of Mandodari, in which Ravan appears as her beloved, is shattered.

Promo video for Vaasar


From March 2023-February 2024, 5 choreographies are being taught in 5 sessions with classes on Thursdays / 4 - 5.30pm / 7 - 8.30pm IST. Students can enrol 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-Parvati Shabda: Masculine and Feminine expressions

Dashaprana: 10 attributes in 4 Taalas of Odissi

Online classes (March 2023 - February 2024)

Bharat Prem Katha: Love stories of 8 epic women for dancers of all styles are taught on Mondays (4 - 5:30pm / 7 - 8:30pm)

5 Odissi dances are taught on Thursdays (4 - 5:30pm / 7 - 8:30pm)

Odissi basic technique is covered on Saturdays (4:30 - 6:30pm)

The Annual Festival, 'Story Tellers', will take place in the last week of February 2024

Admission is on for online classes

Institute: +91-33-24227597 / +91-9051345386
Mobile: +009830020770

Kathakali Jana
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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