Guru Shradha’s 10th anniversary
Kelucharan Keerti Sampradaya Festival 2018
Woodside Performing Arts Center, 4pm
September 29, 2018 Woodside, CA

August 23, 2018

Guru Shradha presents KELUCHARAN KEERTI SAMPRADAYA FESTIVAL 2018 on September 29th in Woodside, California. This year’s festival will feature a rare opportunity to see two generations of the world’s most renowned Odissi family carrying on the legacy of the legendary master who was their father and grandfather, the late Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra’s son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter - Guru Ratikant, Guru Sujata and Preetisha Mohapatra.

They will join Guru Shradha's acclaimed founder and director, Niharika Mohanty, who received Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra’s blessing to establish a North American institution devoted to sustaining the Odissi tradition in his style which began a decade ago, after his demise. As a special acknowledgement of the school’s 10th anniversary, in the repertoire is included the organization’s most highly appreciated items over the past decade.

The festival program will feature traditional choreography of Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra and newer choreography of Guru Ratikant Mohapatra in spellbinding solo pieces performed by the senior artists, interspersed with captivating group presentations performed by Guru Shradha students. Guru Ratikant Mohapatra will perform his own choreography of Shabari in which he will portray the title character, Shabari, an elderly woman who is ardently devoted to Rama and received his attention and blessing due to her devotion to him in the renowned Hindu epic Ramayana.

Guru Sujata Mohapatra will be presenting her powerful Durga, a renowned piece of her father-in-law’s, while Preetisha Mohapatra will present the enchanting Pallavi. Niharika Mohanty performs Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra’s Pashyati Dishi Dishi, an expressional piece from the Gita Govindam, with this particular one in the role of Radha’s friend and messenger to Krishna urging him to go to her as she is in a state of depression, delusion and dejection.

Other items including Guru Shradha dancers are Pada Vande Mangalacharan, Megh Pallavi, Shankarabaranam Pallavi, Jaya Mahesha, featuring Preetisha, Ahe Neela Saila featuring Guru Ratikant, Guru Sujata, and Niharika and two of Guru Shradha’s talented dancers, Deepa Mahadevan and Divya Saha, and Moksha with all dancers.

Kelucharan Keerti Sampradaya Festival which will be a grand treat for the Bay Area community in California and especially all dance lovers! If you are visiting the Bay Area during that that time, please plan to attend.

Event: Kelucharan Keerti Sampradaya Festival 2018
Date & time: September 29, 4 - 7pm
Venue: Woodside Performing Arts Center, 199 Churchill Avenue, Woodside, CA 94062

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