An online dance outreach program for children aimed at building exposure towards the different dance forms through specially curated sessions covering various topics related to Indian folk and classical dance.
Odissi Lecture Demonstration by Subikash Mukherjee & Assissted by Reshmee Roy
School – Bengali Education Society School, Mumbai.
Telecast live on NCPA YouTube Page
Subikash Mukherjee, one of the more well known established male Odissi Dancers of our country and a student of Guru Ratikant Mahapatra, initially started learning Odissi under Guru Giridhari Nayak in Kolkata at a very tender age. After completing Sangeet Visharad from Pracheen Kala Kendra, Chandigarh he got selected as a student at the Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra Odissi Research Center, Bhubaneshwar and was trained under the Padmashree Smt. Kumkum Mohanty. He was fortunate enough to receive the guidance of Padma Bibhushan Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra and has even had the opportunity to share a stage with him. Through his dedication and commitment, he has achieved great accolades and awards including West Bengal State Music Academy Award, Victoria Memorial Society Award, Yuva Mission Award 2009 and many more. He even bagged the first position in Sanjukta Panigrahi Award 2002. His name was added in the Guinness Book of World Record for participating in the Largest Odissi Dance. He is also an empanelled Artist of ICCR and a Graded Artist of Dooradarshan Kendra. Subikash is also running a dance institution named Sankalapa Nrityayan where he trains the students in Guru Kelucharan Mahapatra gharana of Odissi dance.Through his art, he not only reaches sublimity but also serves as an example and a role model for the future generations.
Reshmee was born into a family where any form of art is highly regarded and her mother, who is a Rabindra Sangeet singer put her into a dance school at the tender age of 3. Later, she started learning Odissi from the age of 9 under the tutelage of Guru Sri Giridhari Nayak. After completing her boards exam, Reshmee joined Jadavpur University in Kolkata to study Comparative Literature and alongside she kept learning Odissi from the very talented Sri Subikash Mukherjee who also happens to be her childhood friend. Reshmee is immensely fortunate to attend dance workshops conducted by the legendry Odissi maestro Padmabibhushan Guru Sri Kelucharan Mohapatra and his son Guru Sri Ratikanta Mohapatra. These workshops not only chiseled her dancing ability but also helped her to evolve into a solo performer of Odissi. Reshmee is the co-founder of Sankalpa Nrityayan, a school of Odissi Dance in Kolkata which has become one of the premiere training grounds of Odissi in India, producing dancers and teachers who are widely appreciated.
Reshmee has completed Nritya Visharad(1st Class) from Pracheen Kala Kendra Chandigarh and has represented her dance institution at various prestigious cultural events in India and has also been instrumental in organizing workshops and seminars. Her devotion to Odissi has earned her many accolades and overwhelming praise by the audience and media.
Settled in Malaysia, she has been performing at many events and has founded a cultural group called “Rhythms” which collaborates with Indian, Malaysian and Bangladeshi performers in promoting dance and music across barriers. She also offers training in Odissi dance, thereby spreading the rich cultural heritage of India to art lovers from different corners of the world.
Please note: The video will be available for a week post the live lecture/demonstration.