Tridhara dedicates
2018 Odissi tour
To Guru Debaprasad Das

June 1 - Aug 11, 2018
India, Singapore, Malaysia & Japan

June 1, 2018

India, Singapore, Malaysia & Japan Tour of Tridhara celebrates the enormous contribution of Guru Debaprasad Das to Odissi. ARPAN is an emotive offering of the essence of Guru Debaprasad Das's work in Odissi dance. Performances will be presented by Guru Gajendra Panda and the principal dancers of TRIDHARA, Bhubaneswar, in Malaysia under the aegis of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indian Cultural Centre, High Commission of India, Kuala Lumpur. All the recitals will be dedicated to Guru Debaprasad Das for his immense contribution in this field.



June1: DEBASMRUTI, at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar
June 3: DEBASMRUTI, at Late Lakhiram Smriti Sabhagrih, Bilaspur
June 3: NRITYA SADHANA, at Mt. Hebron High School Auditorium, Ellicot City, USA in collaboration with Nritya Sadhana Pitha
June 9: GURU DEBAPRASAD NRITYOTSAV 2018 at Sing Post Centre, Singapore in collaboration with Guru Debaprasad Nrutyadhara, Singapore
June 9: DEBASMRUTI (Lecture Demonstration) at Lebuh Ampang Shirdi Sai Baba Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
June 10: ARPANA-1 at Shantanand Auditorium, TFA, Ipoh, Malaysia
June 12: ARPANA-2 at Shantanand Auditorium, TFA, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
June 13: Lecture Demonstration at Geethashankaran Studio, Kuala Lumpur
June 17: DEBASMRUTI at Kala Bikash Kendra, Chatrapur, Odisha
June 23: DEBASMRUTI at Kala Vikash Kendra, Cuttack, Odisha
June 29: DEBASMRUTI at Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata

July 16: SHRADHANJALI SAMAROHA at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar
July 16: SHRADHANJALI SAMAROHA at Kasugai, Japan in collaboration with Japan Chapter of Tridhara
July 21: SHRADHANJALI SAMAROHA at Pathanishamant Memorial Hall, Nayagarh, Odisha in collaboration with Tridhara, Rajasunakhela
July 25: DEBASMRUTI at Udayshankar Hall, Rabindra Bharati University, Kolkata led by Prof. Dr. Pushpita Mukherjee, HOD, Dept. of Dance, RBU, Kolkata
July 28 - 29: 11TH GURU DEBAPRASAD NRUTYA PARAMPARA at Indian Habitat Centre, Delhi in collaboration with Debadhara, Delhi.
July 30: SHRADHANJALI SAMAROHA at Open Air Theatre, Shri Venkateswar Temple in collaboration with Sanskruti Kala Niketan, Hyderabad, Telangana

August 1 - 5: SHRADHANJALI SAMAROHA at KIIT Campus, Bhubaneswar in collaboration with KIIT, KISS, Art of Giving & Chinta O' Chetana, Bhubaneswar
August 11: SHRADHANJALI SAMAROHA at Odisha Sanskriti Bhawan, Puri


Guru Debaprasad Das

Guru Gajendra Panda

GURU DEBAPRASAD DAS needs no introduction to dance lovers, considering his contribution to the Odissi dance form. His star disciple Indrani Rahman first brought Odissi to the notice of the audience outside India in 1958. In 1954, Guruji's prime disciple Dr. Priyambada Mohanty (Hejmadi), performed solo at a Delhi seminar where critics Charles Fabri and Mohan Khokar first reviewed this form of dance. Thus, Guru Debaprasad Das holds paramount position in establishing Odissi as an international dance form. His students are the legendary Guru Sudhakar Sahu, Guru Durga Charan Ranbir, Datuk Ramli Ibrahim and Guru Gajendra Panda. Guru Gajendra, being the youngest of all, has been mounting festivals and awards as guru bhakti for decades.

TRIDHARA is a pioneering institute which has been promoting dance and music in the State of Odisha in India and abroad for the last forty years. The institute upholds and disseminates the unique style of its founder Late Guru Debaprasad Das and promotes the distinguished gharana imbibing essences from tribal and folk traditions, especially in Odissi dance. The institute has its branches in Kolkata, New Delhi, Hyderabad, Paralakhemundi in India. It has overseas branches in Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa and Japan. The institute has been affiliated to Akhila Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal, Mumbai, and Pracheen Kalakendra, Chandigarh. Each year more than 200 students pass out from the institute. Students from different states and countries are undergoing training in Odissi dance. Tridhara also conducts International Summer Odissi Dance Workshop each year from 1st to the last of May. Besides this, Tridhara is engaged in promoting study and research related to Odissi dance, especially the unique style of Guru Debaprasad Das through seminars, workshops, demonstration and documentation. Collecting and storing of books and related audio-visual materials are another of their speciality. Tridhara has been organizing festivals on a regular basis.

GURU GAJENDRA PANDA came under the tutelage of Guru Debaprasad Das at the age of 11. He had already received hands on training in "Sakhi Nata" of the southern district of Ganjam, Odisha, from Guru Raghunatha Purohita and was an "Akhada Pilla" under Guru Bhubaneswar Mishra. He has also worked in Opera & Theatre with Guru Prabhakar Shreechandan. As the foremost torch-bearer of Guru Debaprasad Das's style of Odissi, Guru Gajendra Panda has been regularly holding workshops on the numerous aspects of the dance. He takes the credit for being the only disciple of Guru Debaprasad Das to religiously project his gharana's character through workshops/seminars and similar public events. Guru Gajendra's composition style is refreshingly unique for a variety of reasons, but the foremost among them, is his masterful use of the "Sabda Swara Paata" which he learnt meticulously from his Guru Debaprasad Das.

ARTISTS OF TRIDHARA
Guru Gajendra Kumar Panda
Dipika Priyadarshini, Diptimayee Sahu, Lima Das, Gulmini Pradhan, Sonal Acharya, Aarya Nande, Chisato Miura (Japan), Sasmita Pal (Singapore), G. Nageshwari
Prabhutosh Panda, Sagar Khuntia



DANCE ITEMS
GANANAYAKA PANCHAKAM
Script: Pt. Nityananda Mishra
Music: Prafulla Kar
Dance: Guru Gajendra Kumar Panda

KIRAVANI PALLAVI
Music: Pandit Laxmikant Palit
Ukuta: Guru Dhaneswar Swain
Dance: Guru Gajendra Panda

ASTASAMBHU
By Kabi Venkat Mukhi
Dance: Guru Debaprasad Das
Raga: Malab Kousik, Tala Triputa & Ektali

KRISHNA BANDANA
Music: Pt. Gopal Chandra Panda
Ukuta: Guru Bijaya Barik
Dance: Guru Gajendra Panda

DEVI DASAVIDHAM
Script: Pt. Mahamedhananda Saraswati
Music: Pt.Laxmikant Palit
Ukuta: Guru Dhaneswar Swain
Dance: Guru Gajendra Kumar Panda

MANA UDHARANA
By Kabisamrat Upendra Bhanja
Dance: Guru Debaprasad Das

RANGABATI
(Sambalpuri Folk Dance)

MA SAMALEI
(Devotional Sambalpuri folk dance)

DURGATANDAV
Script: Pt. Nityananda Mishra
Music: Prafulla Kar
Dance: Guru Gajendra Kumar Panda

KRISHNAYA TUBHYAM NAMAH
By Kabiraj Jayadeva
Music: Pt. Gopal Chandra Panda
Ukuta: Guru Banamali Moharana
Dance: Guru Gajendra Kumar Panda

CREDITS
Artistic direction and concept: Guru Gajendra Panda
Dance Composition: Guru Debaprasad Das, Guru Gajendra Kumar Panda

Music composition: Pt. Gopal Chandra Panda, Pt. Laxmikant Palit
Badya & Ukuta: Guru Banamali Maharana, Guru Dhaneswar Swain
Consultant: Simanchal Panda
Assistant to artistic Director: G. Nageshwari, Dipika Priyadarshini
Text: Dr. Ramesh Panigrahi, Prof.Suchismita Chinara and Prabhutosh Panda
Costume design: Rina Panda, Sabita Sahu


Chisato Miura

Aarya Nande

Diptimayee Sahu

ABOUT THE ARTISTES
Chisato Miura has been trained under Guru Gajendra. Chisato has performed in many festivals of India, Japan, Taiwan, and Malaysia. At Nara Civic festival (Japan), she was awarded the Nara Mayor Award. She has successfully organized her guru's Japan tour Akhada multiple times and is committed to continue the Guru Sishya tradition. Chisato runs the Japan chapter of Tridhara.

Aarya Nande gave her first solo performance in 2010 in the Chakradhara Samaroha of Raigarh. Within last 6 years she has performed in many festivals in India and abroad and received Honor from Governor of Chattisgarh & Odisha, Health Minister of Malaysia, Cultural Minister of Odisha. She has performed in front of Gajapati Maharaja Divyasingh Dev of Puri, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh Chandrababu Naidu. Under Gajendra Panda's keen tutelage, what sets Aarya apart are her innate sense of poise and precision.

Diptimayee Sahu has emerged as a dancer of substance - her body lines are perfect and elegant. Under Gajendra Panda's tutelage, she is a very committed Odissi dancer with poise and elegance. She has excelled as a solo dancer. In the first season of "Ekaika" she presented the choreography of her guru with a blend of maturity and playfulness.

Prabutosh Panda began his dance training at the age of 4 under his father Guru Gajendra Panda. He displays a good command over the steps doing full justice to the neat choreography and geometric formations in the major dance productions of Tridhara. His energetic dancing is reminiscent of his father's younger days. He has performed in many festivals in India and abroad. He received two gold medals and two State Awards for Fine Arts from State Lalit Kala Akademi, Govt. of Odisha. Prabhutosh hopes to carry on the Debaprasad Das gharana.

Dipika Priyadarshini started her dance career at the age of 5, and came under the tutelage of Guru Gajendra Panda at the age of 10. Because of her keen interest, she meticulously absorbed the Odissi dance form from her guru. With her inherent angasudha, Dipika excels in the Guru Debaprasad dance style. She is a seasoned dancer performing internationally in Tridhara's major dance productions. Dipika has assisted Gajendra Panda in many workshops. She is a certified "B" grade dancer by Doordarshan.

G. Nageshwari is one of the principal dancers of Tridhara, training under Guru Gajendra Panda from age of 7. She has performed in major festivals in India like Khajuraho Dance Festival, Konark Dance festival, Mukteswar Dance Festival to name a few. She has performed in front of CM of Odisha, Sri Naveen Pattanik, Gajapati Maharaja Divyasingh Dev, Murlidhar Chandrakant Bhandare, Governor of Odisha, and President of India Pranab Mukherjee. She assists her guru in conducting workshops.

Sagar Khuntia is one of the finest male Odissi dancers of Guru Debaprasad style. He began his training at the age of 5 under the guidance of his father / Guru Surendranath Khuntia. He is continuing his master degree in Odissi at Utkal University of Culture, Odisha. He is a certified "B" Grade dancer by Doordarshan. He received the National Talent Search scholarship from CCRT, Govt. of India.

Gulmini Pradhan is blessed with a graceful smile and expressive eyes. She came under the tutelage of Guru Gajendra Panda at age of 9. She has received the Junior Scholarship award by CCRT, Govt. of India. She is the youngest among all her peers who has performed in the fourth and fifth season of Ekaika of Tridhara at the age of 13. She is the only disciple of her guru to perform in Ekaika in Malaysia.

Lima Das runs a branch of Tridhara at Nayagarh, Odisha. She completed Nritya Visharad from PKK, Chandigarh. She continues to invest her talent in mastery of Odissi and folk dances of Odisha. Lima is a passionate and expressive dancer. A dedicated performer and teacher, she has performed before many dignitaries like Gajapati Maharaj of Puri, Chief Minister of Odisha and many others. She teaches Odissi and Folk Dance in the rural and urban areas of Odisha.

Sonal Acharya has participated in all of Tridhara's major dance productions in India & internationally in Malaysia & Japan. She has performed in major festivals like Mukteswar Festival, Konark Dance Festival, Khajuraho Festival, Chakradhar Mahostav, to name a few. She received the Governor Trophy and Rajiv Samman for solo Odissi dance. She is an efficient and powerful dancer of her guru's gharana.

Anchal Pandey started learning from Guru Basanti Vaishnav followed by Guru Bhupendra Bareth and also learnt tabla. She has performed in many festivals in India and abroad. She has received the Nrityashri Award, Heritage and glory of India, Bharatiya Sanskriti Award & Governor Award. She has performed in Chakradhar Samaroha, Rajya Utsav, Manepat Mahotsav to name a few.

Sasmita Pal started her Odissi dance career under Guru Gajendra Panda. She obtained Visharad (Degree in Odissi) from ABGMV, Mandal. As a MOE certified dance teacher, she teaches Odissi dance at her accredited school, Guru Debaprasad Nrutyadhara. She organizes Guru Debaprasad Nrityotsav, festival of Indian classical & Folk Dance to provide a platform to upcoming dance talents. She was awarded International Nrutya Bhusan Award at International Dance Theatre Festival, Cuttack.

Guru Debaprasad Nrutyadhara is a Singapore based organization which upholds the unique Odissi dance style of Late Guru Debaprasad Das. It was established in 2013 by Sasmita Pal. The organization plans events, workshops and festivals. This year Guru Debaprasad Nrutyadhara is organizing Guru Debaprasad Nrityotsav on 9th June 2018 at Sing Post Centre, Singapore, in collaboration with Tridhara.

Debadhara Delhi upholds the unique style of Late Guru Debaprasad Das and promotes a synthetic gharana imbibing essence from the tribal, folk and classical dance forms of Odisha. Debadhara Delhi was established in 2003 by Guru Binayak Panda. Every year Debadhara Delhi organizes Debadhara Festival of Indian Classical Dance & Music. This year, in fond memory of Guruji, Debadhara is organizing the 11th Guru Debaprasad Nrutya Parampara on 28th -29th July 2018 at Indian Habitat Centre, Delhi in collaboration with Tridhara, Bhubaneswar.

Guru Binayak Panda started his dance career at the age of nine, under the guidance of his elder brother Guru Gajendra Panda. He completed his Visharad degree from the ABGMV, Mandal. He has also learnt Odissi Sangeet from Pandit Gopal Chandra Panda. He is one amongst the young Odissi dancers continuing the legacy of the Late Guru Debaprasad Das. He is the founder and director of Debadhara.

Ankita Kumari is a solo performer of Guru Debaprasad gharana. She began her dance under the guidance of Guru Binayak Panda at the age of 7. She is the assistant festival Director of Debadhara, Delhi.

In association with High Commission of India In Malaysia, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Indian Cultural Centre; Temple of Fine Arts, Malaysia; Dept. of Culture, Govt. of Odisha; Japan Chapter of Tridhara; Debaprasad Nrutyadhara, Singapore.

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