Gajendra Panda and Tridhara present
Sradhanjali in Odissi
June 5 - 17, 2014 Malaysia

June 3, 2014
SRADHANJALI is an offering of the essence of Guru Debaprasad Das’ work in dance under the aegis of Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Society, Malaysia, under the direct supervision of S.P. Kannan, the Chairman.  Guru Gajendra Panda and 7 dancers of his Tridhara dance company will regale audiences in SE Asia with the dynamic work of his Guru Debaprasad. This tour includes 13 programs in Malaysia.         

Malaysia tour from 5th June to 17th June 2014
5th June: Taman Klang Jaya, Klang, Selangor
5th June: Seremban, closing celebration of Sai Rathayatra
6th June: Jalan Sultan Iskandar, Ipoh
7th June: Queen Street George Town, Penang
8th June: Butterworth, Penang
9th June: Jalan Rasah Seremban, Negeri Sembilan
10th June: Jalan Medfian Niaga, Kuala Selangor
11th June: Lorong Tinkat, Klang
12th June: Shah Alam. Selangor
13th June: Johor Bharu Shirdi Sai Baba Centre, Selangor
15th June: Melaka Shirdi Sai Baba Centre, Selangor
16th June: Sg. Petani, Kedah
17th June: Lebuh Ampang Shirdi Sai Baba Centre, Kuala Lumpur


The group
Guru Gajendra Kumar Panda, Guru Binayak Panda,  Ankita Kumari, Aiswarya Sarangi, Lity Manisha, Isita  Bharti, Jyotshna Sodi, Simran Zaman, Ananya Kannan (Malaysia), Mamata Gouda (costumes and makeup), Shrabani Mohapatra  (Documentation).

TRIDHARA is a pioneering institute which has been promoting dance and music in the state of Odisha as well as in India and overseas since last thirty five years. The institute upholds and disseminates the unique style of Late Guru Debaprasad Das and promotes the distinguished gharana imbibing essences from tribal and folk traditions in the classical Odissi dance. The institute was founded by Guru Debaprasad Das who was the pioneer of Odissi dance and familiarized it in the western countries. The institute has its branches in Kolkata, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Paralakhemundi and in some main cities of India. It also has its overseas branches in Malaysia, Singapore, West Africa and Japan. The institute has been affiliated to Akhila Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal, Bombay. Each year more than 100 students pass out of the institute. Tridhara also runs International Summer Odissi Dance Workshop each year from 1st May to 30th May. The end of May sees the mega closing celebration DEBASMRUTI Odissi Dance Festival. Besides, Tridhara is engaged in promoting study and research work related to Odissi dance, especially the unique style of Guru Debaprasad Das in the forms of seminar, workshop, study, demonstration, documentation and collection and storing of books and audio visual materials related to dance and music. Every year Tridhara presents the prestigious GURU DEBAPRASAD AWARD.

Guru Debaprasad Das needs no introduction to dance lovers, especially since he helped platform Odissi in a big way. His star disciple Indrani Rahman first brought Odissi to notice of world outside India at the 1958 Delhi seminar where critics Charles Fabri and Mohan Khokar first saw and wrote rave reviews about the form. Thus Guru Debaprasad Das holds paramount position in the establishment of Odissi as a form in its early days. His students are legion: Durga Charan Ranbir, Ramli Ibrahim and Gajendra Panda, who being the youngest of three has been mounting festivals and awards as guru bhakti.

Guru Gajendra Kumar Panda born in Lokanathpur, Chatrapur (Orissa), has developed into the foremost custodian of the Debaprasad parampara of Odissi. He represents one of the most dynamic young gurus in Odissi who is making significant contribution to the new Odissi repertoire. Immersed during his childhood in the culturally rich folk tradition of the Ganjam district, Gajendra was later fired by the passion for Debaprasad’s art. It was Gaji whom Debaprasad relied upon to remember his dance compositions so that by the time of his death (1986), Gajendra has absorbed almost all of Debaprasad’s existing repertoire.

Gajendra has been visualizing and choreographing new works ever since his guru’s demise. Gajendra’s intense guru-shishya relationship with Debaprasad had inspired Ramli Ibrahim to conceive the script for ‘Adoration’ which culminated in performances in Singapore, New Delhi, Bhubaneswar and Chennai (1985-1996). ‘Night of Purnima’ was Gajendra’s next choreography (1987). Gajendra participated in several festivals in New York and Chicago organized by the late Indrani Rahman. He is a qualified teacher and performer for I.C.C.R. Tridhara has concluded successful tours to Japan, Singapore, Malaysia and Europe. Gajendra Panda has been instrumental in popularizing Odisha’s scintillating dance and music tradition in SE Asia.