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.
Sattriya & Odissi Online Lecture Demonstration by Krishnakshi Kashyap and Sriradha Paul
Schools: T M Hinduja National Sarvodaya High School, Mumbai and Dnyandeep Seva Mandal, Navi Mumbai
Telecast live on NCPA YouTube Page
Sriradha Paul is a disciple of Guru Bichitrananda Swain, Rudrakshya Foundation. She started learning Odissi in Kolkata at the age of five under Guru Poushali Mukherjee and was later trained by Guru Rajib Bhattacharya for few years. She recently completed her second masters in dance knowledge, practice, and heritage as an Erasmus Mundus scholar under the Choreomundus program. Parallelly trained in Odissi dance for more than twenty years and worked as a project assistant at EZCC (Govt. of India) and ASCC, Embassy of India, Budapest. She has performed and given workshops on prestigious platforms across India and in the US, UK, Sweden, Hungary and also performed as a repertoire dancer of Rudrakshya in China, Sri Lanka and South Korea. Some notable awards received are national scholarship under Govt. of India in Odissi dance, Federal assistance award (US consulate), empanelled at ICCR, SPICMACAY, Doordarshan Kendra. The confluence of her practice-based knowledge with theory complements her performance and research.
Krishnakshi Kashyap is an Indian Sattriya danseuse , cultural ideapreneur and a social entrepreneur. A graded artiste of Sattriya Dance of Prasar Bharati, Doordarshan Kendra , Guwahati, she is also the recipient of Young Talent Artiste Award by NEZCC, Ministry of Culture, Govt Of India. A Nrtiya Visharad in both Bharatnatyam and Sattriya, she now engages herself in promotion and propagation of Sattriya Dance, the living tradition of Assam.
Krishnakshi is the disciple of Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee Shri Ramkrishna Talukdar in Sattriya and is trained in Bharatnatyam under Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee and Padmashee awardee Smt Indira P P Bora. Her finer lines been further enhanced with the constant guidance and support of Sangeet Natak Akademi Ratna and Padmashri awardee Nrityacharya Shri Jatin Goswami , she is presently an active performing artiste of Sattriya Dance.
She has extensively performed in various platforms across the nation . Some of her distinguished performances are in: Nishagandhi Festival (Kerala) , Eeshanya ( IGNCA, Bengaluru ) ,Nalanda Festival (Mumbai), Nrithyathi (New Delhi), Uday Shankar Dance Festival (Kolkata) , Bharatheeyam Festival (Kochi), Sparsh Purbottar ( SNA, New Delhi), Malwa Festival (Indore), International Performing Arts Festival ( SNA, Lucknow), Vedvyas Sangeet Nrityotsav (Rourkela), Nrityaparva (Sattriya Kendra, Guwahati), Indrahanush Dilli ( New Delhi) , IPAF (Kolkata), Nritya Milan(New Delhi), South Asian Youth Conference ( Bangaluru), Erasing Borders Dance Festival ( NY- Virtual), Taj Mahotsav(Agra) to name a few. Under her initiative ‘ Empowerment through Arts’, she engages herself in the training of Sattriya Dance to promising underprivileged youths in India. She has used the power of this dance form as a medium of empowerment for promising underprivileged young girls of different places with training programmes and performances. She has conducted a 11 days training programme of Sattriya Dance for promising underprivileged young girls of Kilkari Rainbow Homes, a shelter home for girls in Delhi. The participants were introduced with the basic philosophy of the Sattriya culture and were trained with Sattriya postures and dance numbers. Out of the 35 participants 15 of them performed Sattriya Dance with Krishnakshi at the concluding event of the programme held in Lok Kala Manch , Lodhi Road, New Delhi. Similar training session was organised and conducted by Krishnakshi in SOS Village Guwahati. Selected participants were given a platform to perform in the prestigiou Sri Sri Madhabdev Auditorium, Srimanta Sankardeb Kalakshetra, Guwahati. Passionately engaged in presentation, preservation and propagation of Sattriya dance, the 600 years old cultural legacy of Assam, she is also engaged with ‘Sattriyakristi’ , an organization devoted in promotion of arts and performing artistes. Krishnakshi is also conferred with the Dalmia Cement Young Achiver’s Award 2020 for her exceptional achievements in the field of Art and Culture.
Please note: The video will be available for a week post the live lecture/demonstration.