Navadisha 2016 – Launch
Thursday 19 May, 6.30 – 7.00pm
The Crescent Theatre, Birmingham
Navadisha 2016 will open with a launch on Thursday 19 May, 2016 at Crescent Theatre Birmingham. There will be VIP reception for Navadisha 2016 delegates, Speakers & Special Invitees. The launch will be followed by International Dance Festival Birmingham – IDFB’s special South Asian Dance weekend which is programmed as a part of their collaboration with Navadisha 2016.
The evening will include a double bill featuring internationally acclaimed dancers Sujata Mohapatra with her daughter Preetisha Mohapatra from Orissa and Shijith Nambiar and Parathy Menon from Chennai (India). This will be Preetisha Mohapatra’s first debut in the UK.
Sangachhadhwam: means walking on the same path together. This performance is an offering to legendry Odissi Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra by Sujata Mohapatra as she carries forward his legacy along with her daughter Preetisha.
The oldest surviving Indian dance form, Odissi has its roots in temple ritual with the modern interpretation inspired by temple sculptures and nature. Sujata was a student and daughter in law of one of the most famous exponents of the artform, Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra. She now presents her daughter, an upcoming Odissi dancer of considerable command, as they carry forward the legacy, featuring compositions from Pt. Bhubaneswar Mishra and Pt. Raghunath Panigrahi and choreographies of Kelucharan Mohapatra and Ratikant Mohapatra. Sujata Mohapatra teaches as Principal of Srjan a leading Odissi dance institution founded by her father in law Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra.
Sandhya showcases the intricacies and spirituality of Bharatanatyam dance with spellbinding duo Shijith Nambiar and Parvathy Menon. Shijith has an exceptional sense of music and rhythm while Parvathy brings an elegance to their choreography, with her outstanding expressive skills and ability to work within the traditional framework.
Having trained at Kalakshetra, a cultural academy dedicated to the preservation of traditional values in Indian art, especially in the field of Bharatanatyam dance, they have since founded Samradhya, their own dance school.