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Odissi Dance Festival at Beckwith Recital Hall

April 30, 2017@6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Odissi Dance Festival
Date: April 30th, 2017 (Sunday)
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm (doors open at 6:30 pm)
Venue: Beckwith Recital Hall, NDSU,
             Fargo, ND 58102

In honor of the Asian American and Pacific Islander month, NDSU Office of Multicultural programs is showcasing an ethnic Dance Festival on April 30th at the NDSU Beckwith Recital Hall, introducing an evening of India’s oldest classical dance form, Odissi, presented by Dr. Aparupa Chatterjee (PhD, Texas A&M University) and the Odissi Dance Company (odissidancecompany.com). Aparupa along with Odissi dancers from different cities in US and abroad (Portland, Bangalore, Kolkata (India), Fargo and New York)  will be performing an ethnic Odissi dance recital, at 7:00  pm (through 8 pm) on Sunday, April 30th. This FREE event is open to all FM community, students, children and adults. You and your family/guests are cordially invited to grace the occassion with your presence and you are welcome to share this with your friends, extended family, university or college lists and colleagues. Please see below the description of the event and the poster for further details.

Odissi, the oldest of the nine Indian Classical dance forms, originated in the Orissa temples situated at Puri, Konarak and Bhubaneswar, in the state of Odisha, in eastern India. Coupled with its typical Odiya music & bolstered by the ancient percussion instrument “Mardala”, the Odissi dance form is characterized by its sensuous flow – best described in Sanskrit as “lasya”, its distinct devotional flavour, and sculpturesque quality. Most of its beautiful poses have been symbolizing and bear close resemblance to the sculptures of the famous temples (the Konark or the Sun temple), which once nourished the art form, historically dated to the 2nd century B.C.  The unique features of Odissi are in its deflection of the hip, poses with three body bends (Tribhanga) and arching design of hand movements coupled with rounded flowing body movements- watching hot yoga in motion with beautiful music. Using symmetrical patterns of rectangles, squares and circles the dancers create visuals that are both fascinating and memorable.
Guru/ Artistic Director:
Smt. Aparupa Chatterjee is a leading Odissi danseuse in India and USA and a member of the world renowned Odissi Institution, ‘Srjan’, founded by Padmavibhushan Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra (http://srjan.com/GuruKelucharanMohapatra.php), the father of this dance form ‘Odissi’.  A PhD in how Performing arts may be used in Int’l Development in developing nations, a disciple of the maestro’s son Guru Ratikant and Sujata Mohapatra, and a former repertory of Odisha’s ‘Srjan’, Aparupa had brought Odissi to Texas in 2007 when she founded the Int’l Institute for Culture and Performing Arts development (IICPD) at the Texas A&M University, as the curator and organiser of the North American Odissi Convention. For past 20 years, she has been performing the nuances of technique, choreography and aesthetics in Odissi. She has performed at numerous prestigious festivals of India, Bangladesh, US and abroad. Among national and international awards, she has received the prestigious Regents Fellowship, Indo-American Arts council grants, National Scholarship from Govt of India, Sur Sansad Mumbai’s Singar Mani, Padmavati Pratibha Samman, Calcutta University Scholarship, and so on. Solo and group performances led by her were featured for Arts council of Houston, Dancing with the Stars on USA’S ABC, Tarang- Disney’s best 3D Film, etc. She is currently the Artistic Director of the Texas- based non-profit – Odissi Dance Company, featured for season 10 of America’s Got Talent in 2015.
Odissi Dance Company
On April 30th @ 7pm, at the Beckwith Recital Hall, the Odissi Dance Company, a 501 c(3) non-profit based off of Texas, USA, founded in 2015 by Dr. Aparupa Chatterjee, the Artistic Director (odissidancecompany@gmail.com), is going to present a bouquet of compositions in Indian Classical Odissi, in traditional and neoclassical forms. Our aim is simply to bring together our Fargoan friends, families, well- wishers, colleagues, art lovers, dancers and all students who have dedicated their lives to culturally enrich Fargo and the mid-west, this time by appreciating India’s oldest dance form- Odissi. The ODC’s heritage and culture has always been inspiring the art community to greater heights and to extend the priceless legacy of Guru Shishya Parampara (teacher-disciple relationship), in performing, teaching and in recognizing due artistic merit in our environment. Professionally trained by Aparupa and her gurus from Odisha, the state from where the dance form originates, the company dancers have intensive training and experiences of performing in prestigious festivals in USA and abroad. ODC aims at an international cultural exchange and a global arts initiative through encouraging America born Odissi students to bring Odissi dance in the ‘Srjan’ (http://srjan.com) style back to the Indian community. ODC has put humble efforts in promoting good art, sensitive cultural ethos and meaningful values in the lives of dancers, scholars and their audience worldwide. The Odissi Dance Company is an asset to the art communities here and abroad.


April 30, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


NDSU Office of Multicultural Programs


Beckwith Recital Hall, NDSU