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A Meeting Ground For Odissi And Sri Lanka’s Kandyan

 

SAMHÄRA: THE BRAID

Chowdiah Memorial Hall, Bangalore, May 19

Royal Festival Hall, London, May 26

Lionel Wendt Theatre, Colombo, Sri Lanka, June 5-6

Performing Arts

Samhara: The Braid, an international collaboration by Bangalore based Nrityagram Dance Ensemble, and Sri Lanka’s Chitrasena Dance Company, was first presented in 2012. Choreographed by Surupa Sen, Samhära was a culmination of a significant five-year journey that explores the elemental connections between the sensuousness of Nrityagram’s Odissi and the dynamism of Chitrasena’s Kandyan dance. After a gap of four years, the two companies are coming together to reproduce Samhära.

Nrityagram is India’s first modern Gurukul (residential school) for Indian classical dances and a dance village, set up by Odissi dancer Protima Gauri in 1990. The residential school offers training in Indian classical dance forms, Odissi, Mohiniattam, Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Kathakali and Manipuri, eight hours a day, six days a week for seven years, following the ancient Guru-shishya tradition. The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble has performed across India and in many countries abroad.

 

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