Aim for Seva presents fundraiser
By Odissi Vision & Movement Centre
July 16 - Aug 3, 2016 India

June 15, 2016

The NGO called Aim for Seva ( has been focusing on educating children in rural and tribal areas. It manages over 100 Free Student Hostels in India - An FSH is an activity center, a classroom and a learning institute put in one. Empowering children to learn by providing them a place to live close to their schools; with a clean environment, nutritious food, schooling needs, value-based education, extra-curricular activities and much more.  
In July they've scheduled a fund raiser event, with Sharmila Biswas, of the Odissi Vision & Movement Centre, Kolkata. The dance-drama ANTAR-YATRA (journey of the soul) will tour seven cities (Chennai - Pune - Mumbai - Kolkata - Delhi - Bangalore - Bhubaneswar).

Conceived, designed and directed by Sharmila Biswas, Antar Yatra delves into the impulses a woman dancer draws upon, through Bharatanatyam, Odissi and Kuchipudi. In a non linear narrative, Antar Yatra tells the story of the woman artiste, for whom art is often an anchor – a god who may come to her in the role of a beloved. From the Apsara to the Devadasi to the contemporary dancer, her need has always been to express herself differently – she says what “she” wants to in her own way. Until she reaches a stage when the insecurities of an artiste fall away and her interactions with her art become a continual ‘leela’ or dalliance with the divine.  Torn between impulses and ripped asunder by conflicted thoughts, the artiste walks her solo unsure path. She gropes, introspects, even as she searches for answers to the questions and artistic choices that keep rising within her.

Songs have been selected and assimilated from six languages for this production. Biswas has also used puppetry for its symbolism and Pinnal Kollattam for its celebratory verve. Delving into the vast treasuries of music collated by the likes of Nataraj Ramakrishna, BM Sundaram and Kala Krishna, she has lifted songs - and forms - out of their context and represented them as united visions of their regions of origin. 
Artistes have always seen the world through their own lens.
Their reality is unique because their vision is personal.
Antar Yatra, gives the audience a glimpse into the inner world of the women dancers of India.

Antar - Yatra is about their tentative journey, of conflicting thoughts and emotions ... in the magical world they believe in and create.
Through the songs sung in six different languages,
Through three classical Indian dance forms,
Through the multiple voices of the narrator,
Through the art of puppetry and pinnal kollattam,
Antar - Yatra invites the audience to travel between the real and the make believe, and interpret for themselves.

16th July, Saturday, Chennai
Music Academy, 168, T.T. Krishnamachari Road, Royapettah, Chennai 600014, 7pm

18th July, Monday, Pune
Tilak Smarak Auditorium, Sadashiv Peth, Pune 411030, 7pm

20th July, Wednesday, Mumbai
Yashwantrao Chavan Main Auditorium, General Jagannath Bhosale Marg, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400021 (Opposite Mantralaya, Near Sachivalaya Gymkhana), 7pm

23rd July, Saturday, Kolkata
Ghansyam Das Birla Auditorium, 29 Ashutosh Chowdhury Avenue, Ballygunge, Kolkata 700019 (Near Ballygunge Post Office), 7pm

27th July, Wednesday, New Delhi
Kamani Auditorium, 1 Copernicus Marg, New Delhi, Delhi 110001, 7pm

30th July, Saturday, Bangalore
Chowdiah Hall, 16th Cross,2nd Main Road, G.D. Park Extension, Malleswaram, Bengaluru 560003, 7pm

3rd August, Wednesday, Bhubaneswar
Rabindra Mandap Auditorium, Sachivalaya Marg, Unit 4, Bhauma Nagar, Bhubaneswar 751001, 7pm

Contact S. Chandrasekaran at / +91 95000 61497

About the artistes
Sharmila Biswas

Sharmila is a leading dancer and choreographer in the Odissi classical dance form. Noted for the originality in her compositions, technique and stage design, Sharmila’s choreography involves the intensity of traditional movement skills of Odisha, combined with contemporary concepts.  Founder of the Odissi Vision and Movement Center in Kolkata, Sharmila is the recipient of the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award and many more.

Amrita Lahiri

Amrita Lahiri is recognized as one of the foremost young performers of Kuchipudi today. Her dance performances have been acclaimed for their elegance and dynamism, combined with a refined approach. Through her performances, writings, workshops and choreographies, Amrita strives to expand and share the specific beauties of the Kuchipudi dance form.

Lakshmi Parthasarathy Athreya

Refreshing artistry, coupled with positive energy, Lakshmi Parthasarathy Athreya is a front-ranking dancer of the younger generation who consistently gives an impressive performance on each stage that she takes. Recipient of several prestigious awards, Lakshmi pursues a career as a performer, choreographer and a teacher of Bharatanatyam.

Sashwati Garai Ghosh

A powerful Odissi dancer with elegance and accuracy, Sashwati Garai Ghosh fascinates the audience with her moves leaving them spellbound. Having established herself as one of the promising performers in the field of Indian classical dance, she strives to explore more vistas, and encourage the Odissi dance form to the next generation.

Srijan Chatterjee

Born into a family involved in classical music and theatre, Srijan Chatterjee is a young and talented Hindustani classical musician.  His interest in music, literature and the performing arts has enabled him to work with eminent artistes across India – as a researcher, creative consultant, vocalist and playback singer and as a music composer.