Sanjali Dance premieres
Sookshma in Odissi
ADA Ranga Mandira
April 16, 2016 Bangalore
March 26, 2016
Directed and choreographed by Guru Sharmila Mukherjee, SOOKSHMA will be staged by Sanjali Dance ensemble as a part of a one day dance festival PRAVAHA, in remembrance of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra.
Sookshma, an Odissi dance ballet, upholds the fortitude, softness, resilience and beauty of womanhood. It talks about a woman's selflessness, her ability to give. It talks about a woman's Oneness with nature, a liaison very delicate yet so beautiful, but, what happens when the intertwining thread between womanhood and nature is at stake?
Will she be able to stand strong in the face of a storm, will she be resilient enough to spring back to life, give endlessly once the dark shadows have passed? Will she be able to forgive the harshness inflicted upon her, not retaliate and yet continue to do good? Sookshma talks about a woman who is blessed with the ability to transform into a flowering tree. As the name suggests, Sookshma is the subtle, intangible, all pervading spirit that manifests in the form of a boon in the protagonist. The flowers in abundance bring progressive changes in the lives of her sisters, until her tale meets a twist.
Spoken through the language of dance, Sookshma voices the ethos of womanhood, nature and the compelling need to respect both, alike.
Date: April 16, 2016
At: ADA Rangamandira, J.C. Road, Bangalore
Time: 6.30pm onwards
Tickets available online
Contact: 99869 84878 / 90081 41605
Direction and choreography: Sharmila Mukerjee
Cast: Members of the Sanjali Dance Ensemble
Music Direction: Debashis Sarkar
Script (Sanskrit): Krishnaraj Bhatt
Set design: Sridhar Murthy
Light design: Jose Koshy
Artwork: Gokul Kartikeyan, Megha Mehta
Production Management: Ahmed Shariff
Photography/videography: Arvind Shenoy
Sharmila Mukerjee is a senior disciple of late Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. She has been learning, teaching and performing for almost 3 decades. She has participated in many productions, directed and choreographed by her guru and has also taken lessons in abhinaya from Kalanidhi Narayan. She received a scholarship to study choreography and dance composition in 2000 at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). A ‘Grade A’ artist of Doordarshan and an established artist of Indian Council for Cultural Relations, she has performed in many countries abroad and at various prestigious festivals all over the country.
She has choreographed and directed many productions herself, notable among them - Ramayan in which more than 50 hearing impaired children participated. She has taught dance and movement therapy to these children in Kolkata and Bangalore. Currently, Sharmila runs her academy Sanjali Centre for Odissi Dance in Bangalore, which has many branches all over Bangalore, in which many students train under her.
The Sanjali Dance Ensemble, which is the performing unit of Sanjali Centre for Odissi Dance, specializes in thematic dance 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 various choreographic productions and also by teaching and conducting lecture demonstrations and workshops on Odissi, under the guidance of the founder/director Sharmila Mukerjee.