What you learn
Basic steps and rhythmic patterns
Body awareness and isolation
Embodied grounding and mindfulness
Self-Awareness & Self-discipline through movement
Embodied Structure & Fluidity
And much more!
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Odissi is a beautiful and lyrical dance style that draws its movements from ancient temple sculptures. It originates from the state of Odisha, India, and is believed to be the oldest surviving classical dance. It plays with rhythm, melody, lyrics and mythologies – told through footwork, hand gestures, body stance and facial expression.
Like yoga, odissi and all other classical dances were originally designed with a single goal in mind: human wellbeing. Through the body’s energy and mental qualities cultivated, we come into alignment with the deepest expression of ourselves through awareness and creative immersion. More information about both theory and practice of Odissi will be shared in classes.
I responded to music from a young age and was placed in training (Bharatanatyam) 27 years ago. There was always something about music that would take me on a journey somewhere but I was unaware of this. All I knew was that my body seemed to know more than me, and I followed its course. I trained, performed, choreographed, mentored, and took my exams, but a decade ago my dancing took a different turn.
On my graduation performance in 2013 (Arangetram), after 9 months of rigorous training, I had an unusual peak experience onstage. At that point, it was evident there was a mystery to dancing – there was more to it than fun, hobby or entertainment. It sounds fairly obvious, but after an experience like that, it’s throws you on a journey of discovery.
Following that, I switched into a part time job and spent time researching dance origins, ancient architectures, and symbolic mythologies. All reasearch materials led to one common ground: the human inner journey.
Credits: Image by Simon Richardson, Duet with Sheeba Taneja
Meditation, bodywork, somatic embodiment, trauma recovery, metaphysics, ancient world cultures became central to my journey. The journey has been immensely rich….and I look forward to sharing this with you 🙂
I currently learn Odissi from Smt Parvati Rajamani of Ananda Arts. Prior to that I learned from Mitali Dev (Nrityakunj) and Elena Catalano (Bhumidance). Apart from Odissi, I also trained in Bharatanatyam (from South India) under The Temple Of Fine Arts Malaysia then with Guru Chamundeswari Pani (Newcastle). I also love latin dancing and am studying Dance Movement Psychotherapy.
Through the course of my dancing journey I have been involved with Tourism Malaysia, ITV, Sony TV, Kalapremi, Sampad, Gemarts, Temple of Fine Arts, Kalasangam, Newcastle University, Durham University, Northumbria University, and Ananda Arts.
I look forward to welcoming you 🙂