Bharatanatyam by Vaibhav Arekar and Sankhya Dance Company
Odissi by Ratikant Mohapatra’s Srjan
Vaibhav Arekar, one of India’s leading male Bharatanatyam soloists, has trained under virtuoso teachers Saroja Srinath, Thangamani Nagarajan and Dr. Kanak Rele. Arekar has a B.F.A. and M.F.A. from Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya. His collaborative work in the genre of theatre-dance has created milestone productions. Haravalele Pratibimba, Mata Hidimba, Dwandwa and Shrimanta Yogi are regarded as model thematic works in Bharatanatyam. His solo work includes Debotar Grash (based on Tagore’s poem) and Narmade Har Hara (in praise of river Narmada), among others. As a soloist, he has performed at prestigious dance festivals around the country. He is the founder of Sankhya Dance Company, which has performed in Japan, Brazil, Canada, the U.S., Poland, Russia, Germany, France and Australia.
Shrimanta Yogi attempts to capture a few impressions of the phenomenon that was Shivaji Maharaj. The premise of the performance is the cultural, social and emotional state of society and of Shivaji himself. The entire performance, far from the chronological life and history of the warrior king, is more of an impressionistic dance expression.
Srjan was founded in 1993 by the eminent Kelucharan Mohapatra and has since evolved into a premier Odissi dance institute of India. Srjan symbolises Mohapatra’s humble offering of the classicism of Odissi dance, music and percussion to the rich national ethos of India. Today, a vital aspect of Srjan’s function is teaching dance patterned after the ancient gurukul system. Mohapatra’s rigorous teaching method has been faithfully adopted by his son, Ratikant Mohapatra, who has, ably and imaginatively, assisted this great teacher in imparting the knowledge and technique of Odissi. Srjan had previously performed Chitra Vitanam at the NCPA to mark the completion of 100 years of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya.
We seek the modern in the ancient. In a world that is consumed by fast-paced technological developments, we carefully unearth precious pearls of wisdom. The legacy created by Guruji is immortal and surpasses the test of time. We have given it a new dimension through a bouquet of neoclassical innovations, that highlight this novel perspective whilst respecting the integrity of our inheritance. Presenting Adviteeyam.
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