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.
Interactive Dance Session by Aditi Bandyopadhyay & Soumee De Girotra
For: Mann Centre for Individuals with Special Needs
Telecast live on NCPA YouTube Page
Aditi Bandyopadhyay, has earned her reputation in the field of Odissi an Indian Classical Odissi dance form, both as a performer, instructor and choreographer. Aditi has been promoting Odissi in the mid-west region of USA since 2007 as well as continued her work in this field in Kolkata, India since 1995. Her contribution to Odissi as a solo performer, choreographer and an instructor in the University of Missouri and at workshops in local community colleges and dance institutions in Missouri has been well recognized. Aditi has been conducting regular classes on Odissi at MUDRA (MU Dance and Recreation Association), an organization dedicated to promotion of Indian Classical dance under the University of Missouri Columbia. Along with her students have presented choreographic presentations regularly all across the mid Missouri region. She is not only conducting workshops but also working on collaborative choreography with other classical dance forms from different parts of the world. Aditi and her students at MUDRA have successfully presented different stage shows all over the mid- west region over the last few years. MUDRA is also organizing different stage shows by dancers from all over the world on the campus of University of Missouri. In October 2010, MUDRA had organized Columbia Dance Festival which was the first of its kind in Columbia showcasing 10 classical dance forms from across the world on the same stage at Jesse Auditorium, University of Missouri. Detailed information on MUDRA is available at the following link. Presently since 2011, mostly based in Kolkata, India and has started MUDRA-Kolkata chapter. She performs regularly with her dance troupe and has started taking dance lessons for children in the discipline of Odissi and Dance and Movement Therapy. She has also started working on the connection between dance and Yoga or movement therapy and desires to work with children with special needs
Soumee De is a dancer, teacher, choreographer who has trained in the Indian Classical dance forms of Kathak and Odissi since the age of four. Soumee currently teaches Odissi at Apsaras Arts, Singapore and continues to learn under Guru Ratikant Mohapatra at Srjan, India. She is founder of Ethos-Exploring the Odissi Spirit, a dance collective in Singapore for Odissi dancers and also offers ‘Dance-telling’ programs at The Artground for young children. When not dancing she works as a management consultant to create a better working world. Her recent works include choreography for Peace, an unfolding at the Artwalk Little India 2021. She was featured as a solo artiste at the Anuvartanam festival by Srjan in Odisha in January 2021 and at the Dance India Asia Pacific 2020 showcase by Esplanade Theatres on the Bay. She performed in a collaborative work Kanna Va by IndianRaga and Apsaras Arts, conducted a workshop on re-telling, Ramayana through Odissi and Puppetry at the Digital Culture festival by Indian Heritage Center; staged her own choreographies Ritu Ranga at the Artwalk Little India 2020. In 2019, she performed River Ramble at the Stamford Arts Center opening by NAC and Phenomenal Women on International Women’s Day at The American Club.
Please note: The video will be available for a week post the live lecture/demonstration.