Guru Shradha presents
Tribute to Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra
April 7, 2018 Milpitas, CA

March 17, 2018

Guru Shradha, a premier Odissi institution, presents SHRADDHANJALI, a tribute offering to Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, on the anniversary of his passing. Students of Guru Shradha will celebrate the life and work of the legendary Odissi maestro by presenting an Odissi journey, as laid out by Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. You are invited with friends and family to a spellbinding journey of Odissi, a graceful dance form originating in ancient temple sculptures in eastern India with a unique blend of fluid torso movements and strong footwork.

The legendary Kelubabu is revered in the world of Indian classical dance as the brilliant choreographer and architect of the contemporary Odissi repertoire. His dance artistry, inspired by the ancient temple architecture and palm leaf paintings (Pata Chitra) blended with overall aesthetics, creates a visual delight in the minds of audiences all over the world.

Guru Shradha is a dance school dedicated to the teaching of Odissi. It was founded by Niharika Mohanty, a leading exponent of Odissi dance in North America and a prominent disciple of Kelubabu, with the goal of promoting and preserving her guru's dance tradition and legacy. His son Guru Ratikant Mohapatra, is the Chief Advisor, and daughter-in-law Guru Sujata Mohapatra, is the Artistic Director.

Shraddhanjali will include a banquet of Guruji's Odissi dance items from Mangalacharan to Mokshya, a representation of the full repertoire that parallels the traditional path of a dancer (as explained by Guruji). Amongst his repertoire items are the devotional Mangalacharan, the sculptural Batu, his signature Pallavis, imaginative interpretations in his Odia Abhinaya and Gita Govindam pieces, and the spiritually evoking Mokshya. One of Guruji's renowned ashtapadis, Dheera Sameere, will be performed by Founder-Director Niharika Mohanty. The evening will culminate in the performance of Mokshya by Niharika and senior students of Guru Shradha. All items are either showcasing the training of, in reverence to and/or choreographed by
Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, with each student dedicated to perfecting the art form as envisioned by him.

A special highlight will be the presentation of a film on Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra, a window into the life of the legendary and extraordinary figure in Indian classical dance.
Come and enjoy this free event!

Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 2pm
Venue: Shirdi Sai Parivaar - 1221 California Circle, Milpitas, CA 95035

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Photo Credit: Swagato Basumallick, Avinash Pasricha; Design Credit: Rochell Langam