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 Online Lecture Demonstration by Preetisha Mohapatra & Aishwariya Singhdev
For – Angel Express, Mumbai
Session is supported by Godrej Agrovet
Preetisha Mohapatra: –
The third generation in the legacy of the god of Odissi, Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra and the daughter of the illustrious Guru Ratikant Mohapatra, Preetisha Mohapatra was born into Odissi at her home, this dancing comes very naturally to Preetisha. At a very young age, Preetisha, who was playfully lured into Odissi by her, divinity personified grandfather, was rigorously trained in the form by her disciplinarian father, who imparted not only Guru Kelucharan’s vision but also his own impeccable sense of aesthetics. Having a natural flair for dance Preetisha adapted to the form within a short span of time.
She has had the rare privilege of performing at major dance festivals throughout the country and abroad. As an important member of the Srjan ensemble and as a soloist, Preetisha has already started blazing a trail and casting her magical spell with her sheer dedication to the family heirloom, Odissi. She has a rare combination of her grandfather’s vision and her father’s penchant for perfection. Though very young, Preetisha strives to reach the level of perfection and discipline that has been in the family since three generations.
Aishwariya Singhdev: –
Inspired by her parents to take up dance, Aishwariya Singhdev, who hails from a business family, is an instrumental part of the Srjan Repertory group. With constant inspiration and support from her parents, her talent was been recognized at a young age and she started performing since then.
A disciple of Guru Ratikant Mohapatra, she has been learning Odissi at Srjan for a decade and has completed the Nrutya Shastri Purna by Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi, Bhubaneswar under the guidance of Guru Ratikant Mohapatra.
A graded artiste of Doordarshan and a dedicated dancer, Aishwariya aspires to devote herself to her art form and has already performed in numerous festivals as an ensemble member. Some prestigious festivals include Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Award Festival, Konark Dance Festival, a duet performance at Khajuraho Festival Of Dance, India Festival in Korea, International Odissi Dance Festival, National Odissi Dance & Music Festival, Diamond Jubilee Celebration of Kala Vikasha Kendra, Pongal Festival, Dhauli Mahotsav, Puri Beach Festival among numerous others.
Academically, she has completed a Master’s degree in Electronics and Telecommunications. Aishwariya seeks blessings of her Guru for fulfilling her dreams with sheer vigor and commitment.
Please note: The video will be available for a week post the live lecture/demonstration.