Sanjali Centre for Odissi Dance presents
Pravaha 2015
Seva Sadan, 4.30pm
April 19, 2015 Bangalore

March 15, 2015

Sanjali Centre for Odissi Dance, Bangalore, presents PRAVAHA 2015, an Odissi dance festival as tribute to Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. Supported by the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India.

Date: April 19, 2015
Time: 4.30pm
Panel discussion
Guru Shishya Parampara in the changing world of Indian classical dance 

Speakers:  Dr. Sunil Kothari, Lalitha Srinivasan, Ratikant Mohapatra, Manju Bhargavi
Moderator: Usha RK

Date: April 19, 2015
Time: 6pm
Odissi performances   

Aruna Mohanty

Sanjali Dance Ensemble

Argha Chatterjee

Arpita Venkatesh

Sanjali Dance Ensemble presents choreographies of Sharmila Mukerjee

Duet by Argha Chatterjee (disciple of Sujata Mohapatra) and Arpita Venkatesh (disciple of Aloka Kanungo) who will present choreographies of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra

Aruna Mohanty presents her own solo choreographies. She will be accompanied by Bijay Kumar Barik, Rupak Parida, Agnimitra Behara and Srinivas Satpathy.

Venue: Seva Sadan, 14th Cross, Malleshwaram, Bangalore

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Aruna Mohanty: Initiated into dance at an early age by Guru Srinath Rout & Guru Govind Charan Pal, Aruna Mohanty was further nurtured in her dance by eminent Guru Gangadhar Pradhan. Aruna has also had the privilege of working with Guru Pankaj Charan Das, Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, Sanjukta Panigrahi and Sonal Mansingh. Her devotion, perseverance and commitment have placed her as the finest among the Odissi dancers in the country. Moulded by the sculptured manifestations of this form of dance, her grooming has culminated in graceful movements, beautiful postures, captivating expression and scintillating style which creates a visual phenomenon.

She has served as a member of Central Sangeet Natak Akademi for five years. Currently she is the Executive Member of Indian Council for Cultural Relation (ICCR), New Delhi. She is also the state representative in the Board of EZCC; Empanelled with the ICCR and also travelled widely as a Cultural Ambassador. She is Member Secretary of Orissa Dance Academy; Former Advisor to Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra Odissi Research Centre; and Member of the various committees in the Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. During her tenure as the Vice-President of Odisha Sangeet Natak Akademi, Aruna made valuable contribution in developing and executing the cultural policy of Govt. of Odisha.

She and her organisation Orissa Dance Academy has been organising the Dhauli –Kalinga Mahotsav for last 9 years at the heritage site of Dhauli Shanti Stupa; and Udayaraga Festival, designed to encourage young talents in different classical dance forms. She also presents Nrutyambada – an annual event showcasing the wide range of experience and quality of training received by the 400 students of her institution. Aruna also runs a Gotipua Gurukul where young talented boys are scouted to be groomed as Gotipua dancers.

Sanjali Centre for Odissi Dance, Bangalore: was established by Sharmila Mukerjee in 2004. It provides a complete education in the Odissi dance form - the technique, the skills, the tradition, the sadhana and the fulfillment. This institute primarily offers complete training in the Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra gharana of Odissi dance. The students of this institute are given a platform to showcase their skills in the dance form and encouraged to perform in various prestigious festivals and programs, demonstrations and workshops on Odissi.

The performing wing of Sanjali Centre for Odissi Dance specializes in the thematic Odissi presentations which display the lyrical and graceful quality of this dance form. This group is committed to promote Odissi dance all over the world by performing different choreographic productions and also by teaching and conducting lecture under the guidance and leadership of Sharmila Mukerjee.

Argha Chatterjee: is a young Odissi dancer of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra gharana undergoing training under Guru Sujata Mohapatra in Srjan, Bhubaneswar. He was initiated into dancing in Bharatanatyam in Tanjavur style by Anusuya Banerjee at Nrittakshetra. After learning for a decade, he started learning Odissi  dance from Guru Muralidhar Majhi in Gotipua style and later from Guru Sutapa Talukdar at Gurukul  Dance Academy. He has been groomed and nurtured by Kakali Bose in Kolkata. Academically, he has completed post graduation in Fine Arts from Rabindra  Bharati University bagging the second position in the whole department and securing the highest marks in Odissi stream. He recently completed his Masters in English from Calcutta University.

Apart from regular performance and learning he is involved with an NGO where he teaches   Odissi to orphaned children. Argha assists his Guru Sujata Mohapatra in taking classes and workshops globally. He is a visiting dance teacher of Menaka Thakkar Dance Company, Canada. He also takes classes regularly at Sanjali Centre for Odissi Dance, Bangalore.

Arpita Venkatesh: is a young talented exponent of Odissi. She honed her talents under the tutelage of renowned Odissi exponent Aloka Kanungo in Shinjan Nrityalaya. This young dancer has received the prestigious Junior Fellowship from the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Govt. of India, to do research on comparative studies on Karanas. She has done her Masters from Rabindra Bharati University.